‘Spider-Man 3’ is Bringing Back Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus


The Spider-Man movie rumors are going crazy. After the success of Into the Spider-Verse and the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths which both showed heroes taking trips through multiple alternate realities, the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks to be heading to the multiverse for phase four. Of course, there’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will somehow tie into the forthcoming WandaVision Disney+ series, but it’s Spider-Man 3 we’re getting all the multiverse news from.

Seriously, everyone who has ever been in a Spider-Man movie is showing up; Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, Jamie Fox, Kirsten Dunst and of course J.K. Simmons who was already in Spider-Man: Far From Home as J. Jonah Jameson. You know, Nicholas Hammond from the 1970’s CBS Spider-Man series and Shinji Tōdō from that crazy Japanese series where Spider-Man was the “emissary of Hell” and fought in a giant robot are both still alive, give those guys a call.

Of course, we just got news that the big guy is coming: Alfred Molina, who played Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man’s greatest enemy in Spider-Man 2, the best Spider-Man movie, is reportedly going to be in Marvel’s Spider-Man 3.

Now you might be thinking “I thought Venom or the Green Goblin was Spider-Man’s archenemy,” but the real ones know it’s Doctor Octopus who has been Spider-Man’s greatest, oldest and most deadly foe. If you’re going to have a Spider-Man movie with the kind of scale the casting rumors on this one are implying, you need Doc Ock and there is no one better to play him than Alfred Molina.

But that is not the only rumor about Spider-Man’s cast we have today. Charlie Cox, who played Daredevil in the Marvel/Netflix co-production Daredevil is reportedly also coming back to the MCU as, well, Daredevil. I’m hearing that Peter Parker will need a lawyer in the latest installment, probably because of the way Electro revealed his secret identity at the end of Far From Home, and that lawyer is Matt Murdoch.

I’ve made no effort to hide how disappointed I’ve been with Marvel’s phase three movies, but they’re still pretty good films. Phase four has a real swing-for-the-fences sound to it so far, and that might just be the thing the franchise needs to hit the heights it had gotten to in phase two. On top of all the multiverse madness, we’re going to finally see the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. It’s a pretty good time to have read comic books since you saw that Michael Keaton Batman movie when you were 8.

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