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Tom Holland admits he was terrified of 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' co-star Alfred Molina (aka Doc Ock) as a kid

By AYIE LICSI Published Oct 31, 2021 3:14 pm

Tom Holland was eight years old when he watched Alfred Molina don the tentacles of Doctor Octopus in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2. Little did he know that 17 years later, he would be slipping into Spider-Man's suit to go toe-to-toe with the multi-legged villain he was once terrified of.

"I was obsessed with Raimi's movies," Holland told Empire in its Spider-Man: No Way Home-centric issue.

"I remember seeing Alfred in his costume for the first time, and he had the glasses on, and he was wearing his belt, which is what the legs were attached to. And I remember, as (a) kid, being terrified of him."

Last we saw of Doc Ock in the 2004 movie, he fell into a river after being defeated by Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker. Molina is set to reprise his role as Otto Octavius in the upcoming Spidey flick and it must have left Holland awestruck and a bit terrified.

Earlier in the month, the 25-year-old actor told EW that Molina was one of his "favorite people" he's worked with. Holland shared that it was fun to see the British actor work with new technology for Doc Ock's arms since they used to be controlled by puppets while they were making Spider-Man 2.

Aside from Doc Ock, the No Way Home trailer teases the return of the friendly neighborhood web slinger's big bads, including the Green Goblin (it hasn't been officially confirmed yet if Willem Dafoe will return) and Electro (Jamie Foxx).