• Matt Bishop

Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx Reprising Franchise Roles In Forthcoming 'Spider-Man 3'

Molina and Foxx will tie together three separate sets of the storied 'Spider-Man' franchise.

Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus [Sony Pictures]

Alfred Molina and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx are set to reprise their previous Spider-Man roles in the forthcoming Spider-Man 3.


Molina is returning as Otto Octavius, also known as Doctor Octopus, from 2004's Spider-Man 2. The film starred Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. Foxx will once again play Electro after first tackling the role in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The flick starred Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. Foxx's performance garnered him two "Best Villain" awards at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and the Teen Choice Awards.


Neither Marvel nor Sony have offered any comment yet.


The new Spider-Man 3 film will involve three generations of the storied Spider-Man franchise.


Molina earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in 2017's Feud: Bette and Joan. Last year, he lent his voiceover talents to Disney's Frozen II. Last year, Foxx was praised by fans and critics alike for his portrayal of Walter McMillian in Just Mercy. He received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

Jamie Foxx as Electro [Sony Pictures]

In 1999, Sony acquired the rights the Spider Man character. In 2002, the first film Spider-Man was released. Starring Tobey Maguire in the title role, the film was directed by Sam Raimi. Upon its release, it became the first film to gross $100 million in a single weekend. Maguire and Raimi would team up for two sequels - 2004's Spider-Man 2 and 2007's Spider-Man 3.


In 2012, Sony rebooted the series with The Amazing Spider-Man. The role of Spider-Man was re-cast with Andrew Garfield, and Mark Webb signed on to direct. A sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 followed in 2014.

Tom Holland as Spider-Man [Marvel/Sony]

In 2015, Sony and Marvel Studios announced that the Spider-Man character would appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2016, Tom Holland signed on as the new Spider-Man. Holland would make his first appearance in the role in Captain America: Civil War that same year.


In 2017, Marvel Studios released Spider-Man: Homecoming. Starring Tom Holland in the title role and directed by Jon Watts, the film was distributed by Sony Pictures. It hauled in $880 million at the global box office.


Last year, Spider-Man: Far From Home followed. The film earned over $1 billion, making it the highest-grossing Spider-Man film to date. Holland and Watts are both returning for the third installment, which is set for release on December 21, 2021. Other familiar faces returning are Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, and Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. Benedict Cumberbatch will appear as Doctor Strange.


- Matt Bishop

@MattatKP



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