Oh boy, quite controversial today. I've never understood why people love this character so much. To me he has always been overrated. Nobody has really told me why they love this character, all they say is that he is interesting. It almost feels like talking to a cat person. I was originally going to criticise Spider-Man 2 as a whole but after watching it, it's not as bad as I thought. It still has a lot of problems and I don't think it really deserves the praise that it gets but for now I'm okay with it. Now, time to sh*t all over your precious Doctor Octopus.
What's up with the fusion reactor?
In this article, I'm basically going to point out how stupid he is. I mean literally stupid because he does a lot of dumb crap in this film. First of all, his fusion reactor is just so poorly done. Otto thinks that creating a reaction that normally occurs in our own sun is safe in a public building in the middle of one of the biggest cities on Earth in front of a group of civilians and important company executives is safe.
When Peter asks if there are any risks, he laughs. He literally laughs. I mean wow, just wow. Otto doesn't think there's a problem when people's valuables start pulling into the machine even though he's probably caused hundreds of dollars in property damage. It's not a problem when the very walls that support the room are collapsing and everyone is evacuating the building, he even hits Spider-Man away from the machine so he doesn't deactivate it. He finally realises it when his wife dies and only makes it worse.
The arms don't make any sense
I never understood his mechanical arms. I get why he has them but there are some things that just don't add up. Why do they have intelligence in the first place? Logically they're just prosthetic limbs that are linked to his nervous system, they don't even have room for a brain. What are their motivations? What do they have to gain from destroying the city by fulfilling Doc's goals? Is this how you want your favourite villain to be like, just a puppet to his own creations that shouldn't have any strings to pull him?
He has a stupid lair
Why does he set up his lair in a run down building that is half sunk in the water? It's later shown that the fusion reactor's one weakness is water so why didn't he take that precaution into account? There are so many places he could have picked but he decides the one place that can destroy his hopes and dreams is the perfect spot for his master plan to come to fruition.
His plans have so many faults
Doc's plans just have so much wrong with them. After kidnapping Aunt May, what exactly was he going to do with her? Marry her like in the comics? *snort* no. How does he even get the resources to build the machine? He has the money stolen from the bank, yes but how does he plan on purchasing these items? On eBay with internet inside the terrible lair that was mentioned before? Imagine him just walking into a store looking like that with bags of cash that have obviously been stolen and purchasing stuff. It doesn't work. Also I'm not exactly sure that a few bank robberies is going to give you enough money for a fusion reactor. Probably nowhere close to enough money.
Why does he need to make a bargain with Harry for the Tritium? Stealing worked before miraculously, so why not just ransack Oscorp? Well if that happened we wouldn't get that cool fight train sequence, would we? Surely stealing it would have been Plan A.
He doesn't think clearly
To find Spider-Man he must ask Peter Parker for his whereabouts. What is the first thing he does when he sees him? He throws a taxi at him. Fans, try to defend that. I actually encourage you to. Explain to me why Doc Ock thought it was a good idea to attempt to kill the one man who can get him what he wants. Go ahead, I dare you.
As for the train sequence. While it was a very cool fight sequence, Doc's plan doesn't make any sense. It seems to entirely depend on Spider-Man miraculously saving the train and then becoming too tired to fight anymore. Isn't that just assuming way too much? I guess you can let the Jigsaw killer off because the Saw franchise isn't supposed to make any sense but when this is supposed to be one of the best films in the superhero genre, there is no excuse.
While the redemption scene is a decent reason to like this character, it isn't going to cut it considering everything else that went wrong with this character. He never is thinking right, he is nothing more than a person being manipulated by some metal that has been shaped into four arms and his plans just have so many faults in them.
I want to know your thoughts on the matter and I encourage you to contradict my points. I want as much insight on this as possible. Debates are healthy and it's other people's opinions that drive us to get things done. Type away!