No Way Home: 5 Ways Doctor Ock Is the Best Villain

It’s no secret that comic book movies have come under fire for their villains. Sandman, a powerful yet emotional creature, seems more than likely to crash an audience’s empathy toward the antagonist in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The decisions to bring out an assortment of characters from the comic series was what gave Marvel’s this film its edge over its competition. The ultimate test will be whether or not the film can avoid making us hate all of the characters at the same time!

Against all odds, No Way Home managed to work out its threequel very nicely. Watts found a nice way of breaking up the overly large ensemble into smaller groups. There was this one antagonist who stood out from the rest in many ways, Doc Ock. Even Foxx managed to display some very good comedic timing when it came down to playing Electro’s character. But in our opinion, he wasn’t as great as Doctor Ock. With that being said, these were the 5 ways in which Doctor Ock was the best villain –

Doc Ock Gets A True Redemption

Doctor Ock in No Way Home
Doctor Ock in No Way Home

Doc Ock isn’t exactly redeemed in the end. However, he is somewhat given a get-out-of-jail-free card as he says goodbye to Spider-Man in all three Spider-Man movies. He uses his mechanical limbs for good by saving several lives. In the end, Peter Parker comes back to the present day and cannot help but shed a tear while still looking at Doc Ock’s hologram.

He Was The Right Balance Of Being Nuance And Classic

Alfred Molina as Doc Ock
Alfred Molina as Doc Ock

Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2 is highly regarded as one of the all-time best supervillain performances. Molina’s performance works so well because he adds dramatic nuance to a role that otherwise might not have been interesting or human enough for viewers to relate to or invest in the character beyond his desire for revenge.

He Kicks Off The Film’s Action

Spider-Man: No Way Home
Spider-Man: No Way Home

No Way Home begins with a quick action sequence that immediately grabs your attention. While Peter is trying to convince an MIT admissions officer in a car on a bridge to give MJ and Ned a second chance at attending the prestigious school, his Spidey-Sense starts tingling. Soon, Parker gets attacked by Ock’s robotic tentacles attached to a lunatic who claims to know him. This sets up the film’s action in an unforgettable fashion.

Doc Ock Had A Heartwarming Reunion With Maguire’s Spidey

Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man
Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man

When Doc Ock attacks Holland’s Peter on the bridge, he gets surprised to figure out that he isn’t the Parker he knows. Later when he gets cured of his villainous version, Ock reunites with Maguire’s Peter Parker. This reunion is one of the movie’s most heartfelt moments, as Otto seems genuinely proud of the man Peter grew up to be. He asks, “How are you?” And Maguire’s Spidey smiles and replies, “Just trying to do better.”

He Was Perfect One To Deliver Marvel’s Quips

Spider-Man: No Way Home is premiering now in theaters
Spider-Man: No Way Home is premiering now in theaters

While Molina’s portrayal in Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 is technically very similar, the production style of the Raimi movies had a distinct tone that made for something refreshingly different from other superhero films. Along with Foxx, Molina fulfilled the comic relief quota so pivotal to Marvel’s signature quippy one-liners.

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