Tom Holland opens up about 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' and facing off against Alfred Molina

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EW.com 14 October, 2021 - 10:00am

New Spider-Man No Way Home Photos Show Doctor Strange & MJ

ComicBook.com 16 December, 2021 - 11:00pm

Spider-Man: No Way Home just released some brand new photos from the movie. MJ is more than a bit surprised when she and Spidey have to make a quick escape in the new shots. Doctor Strange also looks on as the young hero faces an unknown threat in another image. Benedict Cumberbatch's sorcerer plays a big role in Now Way Home, but what horrors the young hero has helped unleashed remains a bit of a mystery. (Yes, the "Sinister Six", but there are probably going to be some other problems now too.) Series star Tom Holland also talked to EW about his tangles with Alfred Molina during the upcoming film. The standout moment from the trailer would have to be Doctor Octopus crawling up onto that bridge and greeting the new version of his old friend. 

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The chemistry between the new Spidey and the beloved villain is absolutely real. Holland calls Molina, "one of my favorite people I've ever worked with," in the new interview. There's been a long layover for Doc Ock, but the magic of CGI makes the impossible become routine. However, for Molina, using those arms is like riding a bike, it just takes a little while to get the juices flowing again. Check out how the Spider-Man actor described going toe-to-toe with one of the character's greatest adversaries.

"It was really fun to watch him see how technology has advanced," Holland mused when talking about Molina. "When he was making these films, the arms were puppets, and when we did it, they're all imaginary and CG. It was quite cool to see him relive it, but also relearn it."

For those hoping for more Holland as Spider-Man in the MCU after this film, there were some comments about those prospects that you might want to see. "We were all treating [No Way Home] as the end of a franchise, let's say," Holland explained to EW. "I think if we were lucky enough to dive into these characters again, you'd be seeing a very different version. It would no longer be the Homecoming trilogy. We would give it some time and try to build something different and tonally change the films. Whether that happens or not, I don't know. But we were definitely treating [No Way Home] like it was coming to an end, and it felt like it."

What do you think of these new shots from Spider-Man: No Way Home? Let us know down in the comments! 

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Spider-Man: No Way Home: Doc Ock's Arms Are CGI, Not Practical Effects - IGN

IGN 14 October, 2021 - 11:30am

Speaking with EW, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland shared his experiences with working with Molina for No Way Home and how “It was really fun to watch him see how technology has advanced,” Holland said.

“When he was making [Spider-Man 2], the arms were puppets, and when we did it, they’re all imaginary and CG. It was quite cool to see him relive it, but also relearn it.”

A lot has already been said about the decline of practical effects in Hollywood. And while the quality of CGI has improved tremendously since 2004, knowing that Molina's Doc Ock arms were real added a certain cool factor for sure.

Molina's return as Doc Ock was one of the biggest surprises of the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. Or at least it would have been had Molina not openly shared that he was returning in an interview for a different movie, months before the trailer premiered.

But it was practically an open secret anyway and could rank as one of Marvel’s worst-kept secrets to date. And while fans of practical effects may be disappointed to hear that Molina will not be working with puppet arms again, we’re happy to see him back in the role at all.

Funny enough, Molina isn’t the only Spider-Man 2 alumnus to return to Marvel. Director Sam Raimi is set to helm Doctor Strange 2 and has praised Molina’s return for the MCU.

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