Alfred Molina returning as Doctor Octopus in ‘Spider-Man 3’

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Marvel Studios’ continues its expansion into the multiverse by reviving a fan-favorite character from Toby Maguire’s “Spider-Man” franchise. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Alfred Molina is reprising his roll as Doctor Octopus for the upcoming, web-slinging adventure starring Tom Holland.

The move comes after months of speculation that Sony and Marvel are collaborating on an ambitious direction for the future of Spider-Man in the MCU. Molina’s Otto Octavius originally squared off with Toby Maguire’s Peter Parker in 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” directed by Sam Raimi.

Molina returns alongside Jaime Foxx as Electro (originally from Andrew Garfield’s tenure as Spider-Man). Speculation has been growing for months that Holland’s third outing as Spider-Man would include a triple crossover co-starring Garfield and Maguire.

Tom Holland stars in the untitled Spidey sequel alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Tony Revolori. 2019’s “Far From Home,” the last film in the Spider-Man franchise, went on to gross over $1 billion at the global box office.

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