Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina)

Doctor Octopus
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Name: Otto Gunter Octavius
Alias(es): Doctor Octopus
Doc Ock
Affiliation: Oscorp Technologies
Rank: Villain
Spouse(s): Rosalie Octavius (deceased)
Portrayed by: Alfred Molina
First appeared: Spider-Man 2
Last appeared: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Intelligence is not a privilege, it's a gift. And you use it for the good of mankind.Otto Octavius

Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius is a central character in Spider-Man 2 who is turned into a villain by his own Mechanical Tentacles bearing the name Doctor Octopus (Doc Ock). He was portrayed by Alfred Molina in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

History

Early Life

Otto Octavius was born in Schenectady, New York. Otto Octavius was a scientist by profession who studied science together with Curt Connors during his youth. In his mid-twenties, while pursuing a science degree in college, he met his wife Rosalie ("Rosie"), who was studying English literature. He tried to explain the Theory of Relativity and she tried to explain T. S. Eliot. The two maintained an open and honest relationship, which led to a long and happy marriage. The two of them were never able to have children. Otto later became a successful scientist, getting a PhD in Nuclear Physics.

The Fusion Accident

In the 2000s, Otto dedicates his life towards researching and building a sustainable fusion power reactor with his wife's help. In the year 2004, he receives funding for his project from Oscorp under the leadership of Harry Osborn, the son of his friend and fellow scientist Norman Osborn. Oscorp also provides tritium, a precious and rare material vital to the success of the fusion reaction. Otto was introduced to Peter Parker through Harry and quickly befriended him when he witness his intelligences.

To help him perform a sustained fusion experiment, Octavius developed a set of artificially intelligent mechanical arms, which are impervious to heat and magnetism. Though the experiment overloads and becomes unstable, Octavius refuses to halt it, with devastating results: his wife is killed; the neural inhibitor chip that prevented the advanced A.I. of the arms from influencing Octavius's own mind was destroyed; and the arms were fused to his spine. Octavius's failed experiment left Oscorp bankrupt, much to the chagrin of Harry.

Unconscious, Octavius was taken to a hospital to have the appendages removed, but the tentacles assert there newly gained free will and brutally kill the surgeons. Octavius, awakening to the carnage wrought by the arms now fused to his spine, flees the hospital. He was nearly hit by an approaching taxicab, but the arms protected him by throwing the cab out of the way. Then, Octavius and his arms headed outside the city as they find an abounded warehouse at an abandoned pier on the Hudson Riverto to hide in. J. Jonah Jameson christens him as "Doctor Octopus" or "Doc Ock."

Becoming Doc Ock

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Octavius planning his rebuilding of the reactor.

Devastated by the destruction wrought by his tentacles and actions that caused the death of Rosie and reputation as a scientist, Octavius resolved to drown himself and his "monstrous" arms into the river. However, Octavius started hearing something in his head talking to him. Realizing that the A.I. within his arms are invading his mind, Octavius discovered that his inhibitor chip was destroyed in the accident. Octavius was then convinced by his arms, who were playing on his vanity, ego, and grief, to complete his experiment at any cost, blaming Spider-Man for the reactor's failure. However, Octavius tried to resist his arms as he attempted to stay true to who he is, but ended up scumming to their will. Doctor Octopus then stole some clothes to wear and a pair of sunglasses.

In an effort to finance his experiments, Doc Ock attempts to rob the First National Bank on Madison Avenue, where Peter Parker and his Aunt May happened to be present. Doctor Octopus easily overpowered Spider-Man and nearly crushed his head between two of his arms' claws. But Spider-Man flung a heavy table at Doc Ock, sending him crashing through a wall and outside. Doc Ock takes a random civilian, who just happened to be Aunt May, hostage, preventing the police from doing anything that might prevent his escape. After Spider-Man rescues Aunt May, she revises her former opinion of him and realizes that he is a hero. Doctor Octopus managed to get away with a few bags of coins. Having learned the extent of what his arms were capable of, he gathered the rest of his supplies by stealing from government research facilities and used his arms to reactivate the circuits at his hide out.

After rebuilding his fusion reactor, Doctor Octopus needed one final item: tritium. He goes to Harry Osborn's penthouse for it, where Harry calls Octavius a hack. Doctor Octopus threateningly dangled Harry over the edge of the Osborn mansion balcony, and the cowardly, frightened Harry proposes a deal. Harry agrees to give Doctor Octopus all the tritium he needs in exchange for capturing Spider-Man and bringing him back to him alive. He tells Doctor Octopus that Peter will tell him how to find him but urges him not to harm Peter.

Kidnapping Mary Jane

Doctor Octopus found Peter and Mary Jane Watson in a coffee shop and greeted them by throwing a car through the window. Peter sensed the attack with his spider-sense and threw Mary Jane and himself out of the way. Doctor Octopus, realizing he can use Mary Jane as leverage, abducted her and told Peter to find Spider-Man or he would "peel the flesh off her bones." Spider-Man engaged Doctor Octopus in a battle, which started at the top of a clock tower at 3 o'clock and then continued on top of a train. During the battle, Octavius destroyed the brakes, forcing Spider-Man to rescue the passengers on the runaway train.

Train Fight

Spider-Man managed to stop the train before it could plunge over the end of the track, but at great physical exertion. He nearly falls, but the people in the train caught him and pulled him up and let him rest on the floor of the train car. Doctor Octopus arrived and the passengers defended Spider-Man, but his mechanical arms proved too powerful for them. Doctor Octopus captured Spider-Man and delivered him to Harry as arranged, taking the tritium in exchange. Spider-Man awakened and convinced Harry to reveal Doctor Octopus's whereabouts so he could rescue Mary Jane. Here, Spider-Man learned of Doctor Octopus's plan to rebuild the reactor - a disaster waiting to happen, the failure of the reactor could mean the destruction of the whole city.

Final Fight with Spider-Man

Mary Jane, who was bound to a steel beam with large iron chains, insisted Doctor Octopus let her go, but he told her she would only bring the authorities. While Doctor Octopus busied himself with preparing the reactor, Spider-Man snuck down to rescue Mary Jane. However, one of Doc Ock's arms alerted him to Spider-Man's presence, and the two fought anew. After battling with Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man manages to stun his arms with an electric shock, giving Octavius a brief moment of clarity without the arms' influence. Peter reveals his true identity to Octavius, who recognizes him. Peter pleads with him to stop the machine, but his arms still have a certain amount of control over Octavius, which leads to him attempting to choke Peter. However, Peter gets through to him, which leads to Octavius agreeing. Back to his old self, he forces his arms to obey him.

"Death"

Determined to end his doomsday experiment before it causes more harm, Octavius uses his mechanical arms to collapse the floor of the building, successfully drowning the fusion device at the cost of his own life. The heat from the reactor superheated the river water, killing Octavius instantly as he and his defunct reactor sank to the depths.

Another Universe

While choking Peter and shortly before coming to his senses and agreeing to destroy his second reactor, he was pulled into an alternate universe by Doctor Strange, who was casting a spell designed to erase everyone's knowledge that his Spider-Man was Peter Parker. Due to that universe's Peter Parker's interference, the spell pulled in people from other universes who knew that Spider-Man was Peter Parker.

Due to being pulled from his universe before he regained control of the arms, Octavius was still under their control when he arrives in this universe and was still going by Doctor Octopus. Before finding his fusion rector, Doctor Octopus stole some new clothes and sunglasses too wear. While trying to find the fusion reactor, he encountered the MCU Peter Parker, not realizing he's in a different universe and this is not his Peter, and assumed he was responsible for the reactor's disappearance. The fight ended in Peter gaining control of the mechanical arms when the nanotechnology in his suit integrated with them. As a restrained Doctor Octopus tried to make sense of what had happened, they were interrupted by the arrival of Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, whom Otto recognized, before they were transported into the Sanctum Sanctorum by Doctor Strange, who placed Doctor Octopus in captivity.

Doctor Octopus initially had trouble comprehending the rules of the multiverse, insisting that Norman Osborn could not possibly be alive. When confronted with Norman face-to-face, and after chatting with Electro, Sandman, and Lizard about their experiences with Spider-Man, he quickly realized their predicament: nearly every villain shared the same fate, dying at the hands of Spider-Man, to which they would return should Doctor Strange send them back to their universes using a magical box called the "Macchina di Kadavus."

To Doc Ock's surprise, MCU Peter Parker stopped Doctor Strange from sending everyone home to meet their fates. When he questioned him as to why he would fight Dr. Strange over the fate of strangers, Doctor Octopus was told by MCU MJ that it's not who he is. Doctor Octopus was offered an ultimatum by Peter Parker: follow him to be "fixed" of their ailments or stay and accept their fate. Due to Peter having control of his tentacles, Doctor Octopus was forced to join the other villains as he was brought to a condominium belonging to a friend of the MCU Spider-Man.

Cured For Good

Doctor Octopus confronted Peter in using a condominium instead of a lab or facility in curing him and the group while believing that he was going to kill them all. Then, Doctor Octopus was informed by Peter that he'd be the first to be "cured," despite Octavius's protests that he didn't need fixing. Doctor Octopus suffered the humiliation of being restrained by his own tentacles as he waited for the MCU Peter Parker and Norman to make a new inhibitor chip for him by using Stark Industries technology. After the chip was finished, Doctor Octopus was setup so the old chip can be remove and the new one can be put into the back of his neck. However, Doctor Octopus fiercely resistance Spider-Man's attempt to install the new chip onto the back of his neck. Although, once the new chip was put in, Doctor Octopus lost consciousness, which concerned the group.

Before Spider-Man could see if Doctor Octopus was alright, Octavius frantically regained consciousness but settle down when he realized that the voices inside his head were no longer there and almost broke down crying of being free from his tentacles control. Otto then assured Norman that he was back to his old self again and expressed his gratitude to the MCU Peter Parker for his help in giving him his mind back. Seeing his Peter Parker in his MCU counterpart, Otto offered his help in developing the rest of the cures. Later, Otto had a short conversation with Norman as he asked him on how it was gonna feel to no longer have the Green Goblin within him anymore, as he gives him a slight smile of being rid of his alter ego once and for all.

However, seeing the MCU Spider-Man get up because of his Spider-Sense going off, Otto and Norman noticed this. Worried, Otto and Norman followed the MCU Peter Parker to the living room, as he goes looking around for danger. Once the MCU Spider-Man sensed Norman Osborn shift to the Green Goblin, Otto tried to reach out to his friend, but had no luck, then attempted to help but was incapacitated by Max Dillon/Electro and launched from the building. His tentacles broke his fall but he had no choice to retreat for the time being.

Otto intervened in the final battle at the Statue of Liberty by tricking Electro and the other Peter Parkers into thinking he was once again Doctor Octopus, only to use his arms to attach Dillon's cure to him and remove the arc reactor. Otto stared at the arc reactor in wonder, amazed that someone in this universe had achieved what he hadn't: "the power of the sun in the palm of [his] hand." Seeing one of the Spider-Men coming to see him and hearing his voices, Otto recognized him as he realized that this is his Peter Parker, and he has an emotional reunion with him, commenting on how much Peter had grown up since they had last met. However, they were interrupted by Doctor Strange as Otto watched his Peter and his two counterparts talk to him.

When the Green Goblin reappeared, Otto tried to stop him from destroying the Machina di Kadavus, but Goblin sliced off one of Otto's arms with his glider. A Pumpkin Bomb hidden inside the device exploded, causing the scaffolding around the Statue of Liberty to collapse, along with the Captain America shield that was being added to it. Otto carried the now cured Max Dillion to safety. Otto and the other multiverse men were sent back to their universe, even taking the Arc Rector he grabbed from Dillon back with him to his universe. With Otto cured, he likely returned to his universe at a second chance at life, but it was unknown if his mechanical arms were still fused in his spine.

Personality

Otto Octavius is a genial friendly man who believes intelligence to be a gift to be used for the good of mankind. He is dedicated to his work and his wife, Rosie, and not necessarily in that order. Having grown up seeing gross misrepresentations of science in media, he wants to change the public's perception on "mad scientists" and prove that scientific advancement is not something to be feared, but instead celebrated and encouraged. Due to his devotion to his work, Otto often neglects to take care of his other needs such as eating, sleeping, or fulfilling other commitments not related to his wife or his work. He relies heavily on Rosie to take care of those needs.

He has a very dry sense of humor and doesn't consider himself much of a comedian. Otto had a very low opinion of the younger generation, often speaking scathingly about young people. Rosie, on the other hand, had great hope for the next generation, an opinion proven correct by Peter Parker's sharp, inquisitive mind. Since he highly values intelligence, he cannot fathom why someone as brilliant as Peter would spend time with Harry Osborn, whose intellect is far inferior to his father's.

Otto's dedication also makes him sensitive to criticism, making it extremely difficult to change his mind once it is set on a goal. He is also arrogant and easily annoyed - qualities made even more apparent when the inhibitor chip is destroyed, which led him to fall under the control of his tentacles. After giving into his tentacles, Otto relayed on them to do a lot of things for him, such as fighting and lifting heavy objects. However, after being stunned by Peter, he returns to his senses and is convinced to do the right thing by destroying his reactor. Despite the arms trying to control him when he decided to destroy his experiment, Otto forced them to obey.

In No Way Home, due to him being pulled before his redemption, Otto was still in control of the arms and was shown to be far more easier to annoy. Also, Otto can easily be short temper as he thought the MCU Peter was playing games with him when he questioned him in his machine disappearances. However, Otto became further annoyed when Peter took control of his tentacles through via Bluetooth connection, but he still heard their voices inside head. Also, Otto was surprised to hear that the Multiverse exist, although he was skeptical about the existences of magic but comes to term with it when he witness Doctor Strange using it.

At first, Otto is extremely skeptical of Peter's skills, and he resists being "fixed" by the boy at nearly every opportunity. However, once the inhibitor chip was replaced, he returns to his original genial self. Also, seeing the MCU Peter intelligence and selflessness, Otto becomes impressed with the the young teenager as he was truly grateful for his help in giving him control of his mind again. Otto even became devoted to helping the MCU Peter in his goal in curing the other multiverse villains, especially his closest friend and fellow scientists Norman Osborn, of their issue. In addition, Otto assistance the MCU and the other Peter Parkers during their battle at the Statue of Liberty.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Mechanical Tentacles: Otto Octavius originally created four mechanical tentacle arms to allow him a high degree of fine motor control in environments no human hand can enter. The tentacles are controlled via nanowires connected to Octavius's cerebellum, which are connected via a series of needles along his spinal column. These needles melt and fuse to his spine after the reactor malfunction, permanently affixing the tentacles to his body.
    • Superhuman Strength: Each tentacle has superhuman strength, which allows Doc Ock to easily overpower humans, rip metal objects, lift cars and even overpower the experienced superhero Spider-Man. Each tentacle can lift 3 tons.
    • Telescoping: The tentacles are 4.5 feet long and Doctor Octopus can extend them to 13 feet long.
    • Wall-Climbing: Doctor Octopus can make the tentacles climb up walls or ambulate with the tentacles instead of his own feet, allowing him to move at much faster speeds.
    • Durability: The tentacles cushion blunt force, allowing Doc Ock to survive great impacts such as smashing through a brick wall or the side of a taxicab. The tentacles are also immune to heat and magnetism.
    • Energy Shield (Game only): Doctor Octopus is able to generate an energy shield with the help of the power from his 2nd fusion experiment, making him invulnerable to Spider-Man's attacks. This energy shield is destroyed after Spider-Man shuts down the power via turning the switches off. Doctor Octopus is only able to use this in the Spider-Man 2 game.

Abilities

  • Genius-Level Intellect: Otto Octavius is a scientific genius with a PhD in nuclear physics. He is also a gifted roboticist and programmer, having developed the artificial intelligence in his tentacle arms.

Relationships

Production

David Duchovny, Liev Schreiber, Robert De Niro, Sam Neill, Ed Harris, and Chris Cooper were all considered for the role of Doctor Octopus. Apparently Sam Raimi decided to cast Alfred Molina as Octavius after his wife watched the film Frida which Molina had starred in. Molina was a huge fan of the Marvel Comics since childhood. Cooper would later be cast as Norman Osborn in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Trivia

  • The mechanical tentacles were each made up of 76 individual pieces. Each one of them were controlled by four people, who rehearsed each scene with Alfred Molina to get a more natural sense of movement. The sound designers chose not to use servo sound effects, to complete the illusion that the tentacles are a part of Doctor Octopus's body.
    • Molina actually gave names to his four mechanical tentacles: Larry, Harry, Flo, and Moe. Flo was the top right tentacle and was tasked with "delicate, intricate" tasks like removing Octavius's glasses and lighting his cigar.
  • In the video game, Octavius introduces himself as "Doctor Octopus." However, in the film, he never adopted this alias.
  • The Doctor Octopus news article "Doc Ock Still At Large", shown in Spider-Man 2, can still be seen hanging on the wall inside J, Jonah Jameson's office in Spider-Man 3.
  • In the Spider-Man 2 game, Otto's fight scene with Peter and death is slightly altered than in the actual movie. When Peter enters the building, one of Otto Mechanical arms grabs and slams his head against the wall, also removing his mask rather than having Peter remove it himself after defeating him. Instead of collapsing the floor of the reactor, he destroys the support beams of the building using his mechanical arms, collapsing the whole building and Otto is possibly crushed before drowning.
    • However, in this scenario, Otto apologizes to Peter and realizes that he wasn't to blame for the accident and his vanity is what cost Rosie her life.
  • Doctor Octopus was originally planned to appear in Spider-Man and team up with Green Goblin, but he wasn't included because Sam Raimi thought it "wouldn't do the movie justice to have a third origin in there".
  • Doctor Octopus is the only antagonist in the trilogy to not damage Spider-Man's mask; instead, Spider-Man removed it in order to get Doc Ock to remember him.
  • The inscription over the doorway to Otto's lab reads "Nosce te Ipsum," meaning "Know thyself." It is his favorite Latin motto.
  • The reactor experiment was nicknamed the "Bartok Project" because Otto admired "that guy's crazy music."
  • Doctor Octopus's death scene, of him floating to the bottom of the river, was entirely created in CGI.


Raimi Film Series
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Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Gwen Stacy | Robbie Robertson | Betty Brant | Curt Connors | Flash Thompson | Dr. Stromm | Mr. Ditkovich | Ursula Ditkovich | Maximillian Fargas | Henry Balkan | Rosalie Octavius | Hoffman | Bernard Houseman | Mr. Aziz | Bonesaw McGraw
Enemies: The Green Goblin | Doctor Octopus | The Sandman | New Goblin | Venom | The Carjacker
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Technologies | Quest Aerospace | Osborn Penthouse | Goblin Lair
Video Games: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
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