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(Note, potential Spider-SPOILERS for various Spider-movies below...)

Good news, Spider-fans!

Y'know that villain from the original trilogy we all love way more than any of the rest?

Not James Franco.
Not James Franco.

Yup, Doctor Octopus.

Again, Not James Franco. Sorry, James!
Again, Not James Franco. Sorry, James!

Well, he might just be on his way back to the Spider-franchise - with Alfred Molina reprising the role!

Speaking to Collider, Molina himself teased that the possibility isn't as far-fetched as it might seem, saying of his work on Spider-Man 2:

“That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had on a movie of that kind...Those big, big sort of features where you spend like six months hanging off a wire, you know...It was the first movie of that kind that I’d ever been involved in...I had a wonderful time. I loved it. I mean, I’d go back and do it again in a heartbeat.”
Because, fun?
Because, fun?

All of which sounds very much like a gigantic 'come and get me' plea - which I think we'd all be pretty solidly on board with, right?

With The Sinister Six reportedly heading our way in 2016, and Doc Ock historically the villain that brings the team together (like a two+eight-legged, crime-fuelled Nick Fury), it's not too bad a bet on Molina's part.

The only problem? Would Sony want to recast Doc Ock with a bigger name?

Well, that's not something too many of us would like to see happen - so we thought we'd take a look at some villains they could bring back from the earlier films with bigger names - meaning we can keep Molina in the role he made so iconic.

For instance:


Now, most people have only negative things to say about Topher Grace's Venom, from way back in Spider-Man 3, and, in fairness, they have a point. The iconic villain became a sideshow to the main action, in what was already one of the biggest Superhero movie disappointments of recent years.

The thing is that wasn't really Grace's fault - he was just miscast, with the character obviously not wanted by director Sam Raimi.

Hand over the reins to someone else, though, and you've got a meaty part in the form of Eddie Brock, before the heavy wire-work and action lifting gets handed over to the stuntmen for Venom. Perfect big-name tempting territory.

An (incredibly unlikely, but perfect) role for Christian Bale, perhaps?


Now, don't get me wrong, Thomas Haden Church was fantastic as Sandman in Spider-Man 3, but he's even less likely than Molina to get the call should his character - one of the original Sinister Six - make it into the upcoming movie.

Again, it's not really the actor's fault - simply that much like Grace, his star has sufficiently fallen that he's now very much in the 'character actor' column, rather than a box-office draw on his own.

For a movie that'll have to open huge without a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man as its star - someone with more name recognition would surely be sought.

Is it weird that Matt Damon sounds perfect for it?

The Green Goblin

Now, don't worry, I'm not suggesting that they should re-cast The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn - especially seeing as he's already replacing James Franco in the role.

Instead, the Willem Dafoe-replacing Chris Cooper could both remain as Norman Osborn, the original Green Goblin, and hand over part of his role to another actor.

There's been a lot of speculation, after all, that Harry will eventually become Venom - as he does in the animated Ultimate Spider-Man series - leaving the villain free for a parental touch.

Which, if so, could also lead him to become, say, a more Ultimate-y form of the Goblin - in monstrous, CGI-fuelled form:

Which would allow for the continuation of Chris Cooper as the voice or a pre-transformation Norman Osborn, as well as the (kudos-imbuing) addition of, say, Andy Serkis for the motion capture...

Plus, merchandising!

Either that, or they could just bring back Alfred Molina anyway, and make everyone happy...

[Sinister Six](movie:1274281) is currently set for release November 11, 2016 - with or without Molina.


What do you guys reckon? Who would you like to see back - recast - in The Sinister Six?

via Collider


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