Spider Man: No Way Home star Tom Holland reveals that when he was more youthful, he was terrified of his co-star, Alfred Molina’s, Doc Ock. Molina starred in Sam Raimi’s 2004 Spider-Man 2 as the multi-legged villain, Doctor Otto Octavius, known all the more regularly by his nickname, “Doc Ock.” The spin-off, which also starred Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, followed the story of Parker as he battled with his Spider-Man character and whether or not he should keep battling for individuals of New York City.
Making Molina seem as though he did in Spider-Man 2 may have been an issue for Holland, as he admitted he was scared of Doc Ock when he was more youthful. Holland, who was just 8 years old when Spider-Man 2 released, explained in a meeting with Empire (via CBR), that he was terrified of Molina when he saw the full outfit of the Doc Ock character. He also explained that he adored Maguire’s original Spider-Man set of three.
“I was fixated on Raimi’s movies. I saw Alfred in his outfit interestingly, and he had the glasses on, and he was wearing his belt, which is what the legs were attached to. And I recollect, as I [sic] kid, being terrified of him.”
Holland having the option to act alongside Molina was probably a great encounter for the actor, allowing his involvement in Spider-Man to end up at ground zero. It’s kind of sweet that a 8-year-old Holland was terrified of Doc Ock, yet presently he gets to work alongside the actor for one of the most anticipated new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be intriguing to see exactly what part Doc Ock will play in the plot of Spider-Man: No Way Home and if Holland will tap into his youth fear of the character, carrying a feeling of authenticity to his portrayal of Spider-Man.