Spider-Man: No Way Home star Alfred Molina reveals how Sony and Marvel reacted when he slipped up and revealed his return as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Shocker: Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige weren’t too happy with the spider man 2 actor. After all, Molina’s slip-up was the first big rock to start rolling downhill in what was a whole avalanche of spoilers about the epic event Spider-Man: No Way Home in store for fans…
As Alfred told Molina radio times, he was never offered the spoiler of his Doc Ock role in No Way Home: A journalist who had heard some rumors casually cheated on him: “Just by accident I was talking to a journalist who said, ‘So, you know, how’s it going the Spider-Man movie?’ And I went, ‘Oh, thank you so much’ Then literally the next day, Variety was like, ‘Alfred Molina reveals Doc Ock is coming back.'”
That journalist used one of the oldest tricks in the book (we should know…) by proclaiming a rumor as if it were already known fact, and throwing an actor off guard. It’s a tactic that Marvel Studios, DC and other major franchise players have all certainly deserved to avoid in recent years – the only problem was that Alfred Molina hadn’t been anywhere near any of those major franchises since he originally played Doctor Octopus in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 in 2004. Unfortunately, he didn’t get leniency from Sony or Marvel because he was out of the game for a long time:
“I got into such a lot of trouble,” Molina revealed. “I was getting calls from Amy Pascal, Kevin Feige was on the red carpet somewhere and somebody was asking him about some Marvel movie and apparently he got a little snappy and turned around and said, ‘Ask Alfred Molina.'”
To be clear, Feige jokingly referred to Molina when asked about Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ future as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine during The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but the point still stands. Pascal and Feige weren’t happy—and they shouldn’t have been.
As mentioned, Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock blunder was the first real crack that turned months of Spider-Man: No Way Home rumor into concrete fact. That included the return of multiple Spider-Man franchise villains, and the bigger milestone of former Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both returning for major supporting roles in the movie. After Molina broke up the levees, fans and internet “scoopers” felt emboldened and inclined to post spoilers, even going so far as to post early stills of all three Spider-Men online before the film’s release.
So even if it wasn’t malicious or intentional, Alfred Molina will inevitably be an important part of the question of what could have been, if Spider-Man: No Way Homes big surprises had remained surprises.
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