Forget Green Goblin, Sandman, and Venom; the most badass villain in 's Spider-Man trilogy was Dr Octopus. Expertly portrayed by , he was a threat to Spidey both physically and intellectually, and with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on the way, Molina was asked how he would feel if a new Doc Ock was cast. He responded:
Well, I think parts are like rental cars. They don’t really belong to you. If they do, when a new franchise gets booted up, they’re bound to, if they revisit similar villains. I think for instance a different actor is going to play the James Franco role and if they revisit Dr. Octopus and they get another actor, that’s as it should be. It would be a bit like somebody getting up and saying, “Oh, you can’t play Hamlet. That’s my part.” [Laughs] It doesn't really make any sense.
Fair point, although not always strictly true. My portrayal of an Oompa Loompa in my school's production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was so groundbreaking that they retired the character out of respect and deference for a performance that brought heart and soul to a difficult role. Oompa Loompa doobidee-doo...
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings its way to theaters May 2nd, 2014.
If Doc Ock returns in the rebooted Spider-Man franchise, who would you like to see cast? Drop your suggestions below!