A shot of The Daily Bugle for Spider-Man: No Way Home shows a closer look at an advertisement trying to track down Doc Ock. More than 15 years since he first played Otto Octavius in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, Alfred Molina reprises his villainous role in the MCU. This time, he faces up against Tom Holland’s version of Peter Parker as they find themselves battling each other despite technically being from different universes.
Spider-Man: Far From Home functions as the narrative starting point for the upcoming Marvel Studios and Sony collaboration film. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter deals with the immediate ramifications of his secret superhero identity getting revealed to the world. Desperate for an ally, the young Avenger seeks out Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for some help. But, while the sorcerer is eager to provide assistance, his involvement makes the whole predicament worse as his tampered spell inadvertently exposes Earth to multiversal threats. Soon after, villains from previous Spider-Man films like Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx’s Electro, and Doc Ock start showing up, forcing Holland’s Spider-Man to fight them.
All aforementioned bad guys have been featured one way or another in Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s marketing, but Doc Ock more so than anyone. His fight with Peter in the middle of the bridge has been highlighted in several TV spots. Now, thanks to Atlanta Filming on Instagram, fans can learn more about the public’s response to the pair’s battle with a snap of a The Daily Bugle advertisement showing that officials are trying to track down Otto. Elsewhere in the post, both Peter and Doctor Strange are included in a fun crossword puzzle. Check out the images below:
It’s interesting that the public plays an integral role in the story of Spider-Man: No Way Home. For starters, despite Mysterio’s death (Jake Gyllenhaal), he’s still able to make Peter’s life a living hell because of his malicious dying confession that not only revealed the hero’s secret identity but also framed him for Quentin Beck’s death. It’s worth noting that despite Spider-Man finding out about Mysterio’s true colors, the public is still convinced that he was a hero. So, the wall-crawler is subjected to trial by publicity, forcing him to reach out to Doctor Strange. Assuming that Doc Ock’s first appearance in the Sacred Timeline is during his and Spider-Man’s bridge fight, it’s possible bystanders recognize him as the villain’s adversary, which could either be good for his image if people believed that he’s trying to defeat Doc Ock or a bad thing as some might spin it as him wreaking havoc.
Doc Ock might originally be a villain in Spider-Man 2, and he’s also presented as such in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he gets redeemed in the upcoming MCU film. When he realized that he’s fighting a different version of the web-slinging hero, he didn’t immediately go for the kill. Even when he’s captured and taken to the Sanctum Sanctorum, he’s conversing with Peter and his friends in a civil manner. Instead, fans should be worried more about Green Goblin’s return as his motivations in the movie are supposedly personal, making him more dangerous.
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