Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus
After Tom flatly denied the arrival of previous stars Tobey and Andrew, Alfred Molina confirmed he was back as Doctor Octopus.
He announced to Variety that he had been de-aged in the movie, to look like his character as he was left 17 years ago, despite having technically ‘died’ in his last appearance in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.
He said: “In this universe, no one really dies…
“It was wonderful. It was very interesting going back after 17 years to play the same role, given that in the intervening years, I now have two chins, a wattle, crow’s feet and a slightly dodgy lower back…
“When we were shooting it, we were all under orders not to talk about it, because it was supposed to be some great big secret.
“But, you know, it’s all over the internet. I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!”