First there was Electro, now we have Doctor Octopus, does this mean live-action Spider-Verse is really happening?
Alfred Molina is confirmed to return as Doctor Octopus in the upcoming Spider-Man 3, further fueling rumors regarding the potential first-ever live-action Spider-Verse.
The 67-year-old actor appeared in Sam Raimi's 2004 sequel Spider-Man 2 as Otto Octavius, the nemesis to Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man.
For the past weeks, rumors about Molina reprising his role to appear in Tom Holland's third Spider-Man film has been going around.
Molina is highly-praised for his portrayal of the scientist-turned-robot-tentacled-supervillain.
Before becoming a nefarious villain, Doctor Octopus was a kind-hearted nuclear scientist named Otto Octavius.
He started as a mentor to Peter Parker, who admired the young man's intellect but isn't thrilled about his laziness.
His intentions are generally for the greater good, but a series of circumstances have led him to the evil path.
Doctor Octopus was both a terrifying villain and a relatable character, whose pain after losing his wife deeply resonated with the audience.
Molina's exceptional portrayal of the character made him a fan favorite.
Early in October, Jamie Foxx is also confirmed to return as Electro, the menacing supervillain in Andrew Garfield's 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Now that the two supervillains are officially on-board, rumors of the Spider-Verse happening have become even stronger.
Rumors about the three Peter Parkers coming together to save the world has been going around for months now.
Tobey Maguire And Andrew Garfield will reportedly star alongside Tom Holland to help defeat the villains from each other's respective universes, with Doctor Strange said to be the conduit to make this possible.
However, Sony is intent on keeping the plot details a big secret and has ordered those involved in the film to do so too.
Last week, Zendaya appeared in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, where the host tried his best to trick the actress into confirming if the three Spider-Men will appear in Spider-Man 3, to which Zendaya vaguely answered: "I can neither confirm nor deny."
A teaser from Sony Channel Latinoamérica left the fans in frenzy last week after it hinted at the potential return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. However, the video has since been taken down.
Spider-Man 3, starring Tom Holland, will release next year, Dec. 17, 2021. Other cast members include Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, and Tony Revolori.
Benedict Cumberbatch is also confirmed to appear as Doctor Strange. He will be the web slinger's new mentor, following Tony Stark's death in Avengers: Endgame.