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Doctor Octopus
Name: Otto Gunter Octavius
Alias(es): Doctor Octopus
Doc Ock
Affiliation: Oscorp Technologies
Sinister Six
Rank: Villain
Spouse(s): Rosalie Octavius (deceased)
Portrayed by: Alfred Molina
First appeared: Spider-Man 2
Last appeared: Spider-Man: No Way Home (unreleased)
"Intelligence is not a privilege, it's a gift, to be used for the good of mankind."
―Otto Octavius[src]

Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius is a central character in Spider-Man 2 who is turned into a mad psychic by his own Mechanical Tentacles bearing the name Doctor Octopus (Doc Ock). He's a supervillain character that appears in the Marvel Comics since his creation by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963. He was portrayed in the 2004 film Spider-Man 2 by Alfred Molina. The character was originally planned to appear in the trilogy's first film though was written out of the final script as to keep the plot less complicated. The character will return in Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: No Way Home played once again by Molina.


Early Life

Otto Octavius was born in January 10, 1960 he was a scientist by profession who studied science together with Curt Connors during his youth.

In September, 1978, he met his future wife Rosalie in the steps of college, she was studying English Literature at the time, after later finished college, they got married, and he later became a successful scientist. 

Spider-Man 2

The Fusion Accident

In 2004, Otto dedicates his life towards researching and building a sustainable fusion power reactor with his wife's help. He finds funding for his project from Oscorp under the leadership of it's new head of research development, Harry Osborn.

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 which prevented the advanced AI of the arms from influencing Octavius's own mind is destroyed; and the arms are fused to his spine. Unconscious, he is taken to a hospital to have the appendages removed, but the tentacles develop their own ability to move at will and brutally kill the surgeons, and Octavius escapes. Octavius's failed experiment left Oscorp bankrupt causing Harry much anger.

Becoming Doc Ock

Octavius planning his rebuilding of the reactor.

Uncontrolled, the tentacles begin to corrupt Octavius's mind, playing on his vanity and ego, and he decides he must complete his experiment at any cost. J. Jonah Jameson names him Doctor Octopus or Doc Ock. In an effort to finance his experiments, Doc Ock attempts to rob a bank where Peter Parker and his Aunt May happen to be present. After a short glitch in his powers, Spider-Man manages to recover and soon the two take their fight outside the bank, but Doc Ock takes Aunt May hostage. After Spider-Man rescues her, she revises her former opinion of him and realizes that he is a hero. Octavius escapes unscathed.

After acquiring funds from his bank robbery, Doctor Octopus has completed rebuilding his fusion reactor, but is still in need one final item: the tritium which fuels the reactor. He goes to Harry Osborn's penthouse for it, where Harry calls Octavius a hack. After threateningly dangling him over the edge of the Osborn mansion balcony Harry proposes a deal. Harry agrees to give Octavius 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 destroys a coffee shop where Peter and Mary Jane Watson were meeting. Peter, through his spider-sense throws Mary Jane and himself out of the way of a thrown taxi, but Doctor Octopus abducts Mary Jane in a plot to lure Spider-Man into a trap. Spider-Man engages Doctor Octopus in a battle, which starts off at the top of a clock tower at 3 O'clock and then battle down on top of a train. During the battle, Octavius destroys the brakes of the train, forcing Spider-Man to rescue the runaway train so he can escape. 

Train Fight

Spider-Man manages to stop the train before it can plunge over the end of the track, but at great physical exertion. He nearly falls, but the people in the train catch him and pull him up. Doctor Octopus arrives and the passengers defend Spider-Man, but his mechanical arms are too powerful for them. Doctor Octopus captures Spider-Man and delivers him to Harry as arranged. He then takes the tritium for his own. Spider-Man awakens and convinces Harry to reveal Octavius's whereabouts so he can rescue Mary Jane, learning that Octavius is rebuilding his machine and threatening the world..

Final Fight with Spider-Man

Spider-Man finds Doctor Octopus in an abandoned warehouse on the waterfront, where he's restarted his fusion experiment. After battling with Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man manages to stun him with an electric shock, resulting in his mind returning back to normal. Peter then reveals his true identity to Octavius and pleads with him to stop the machine. 


Returned to his senses by the shock and 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. He seemingly drowns in the river along with the fusion core.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

To be added

Powers and Abilities


  • Mechanical Tentacles: Because of the accident that fused four mechanical tentacles to his spine, Doctor Octopus has the ability to control his four tentacles either mentally or telepathically. Each tentacle has superhuman strength, durability and has spikes coming out of the "eyes".
    • 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.
    • Telescoping: The tentacles are eight feet long and Doctor Octopus can extend them to 24 feet long. He demonstrated this when he moved the train passengers out of the way in order to grab Spider-Man.
    • Wall-Climbing: Doctor Octopus can make the tentacles climb up walls or even travel along with the use of his feet.
    • Durability: The tentacle harnesses allows Doc Ock to survive great impacts such as smashing through a brick wall or even the side of a Taxi Cab.
    • Energy Shield (Game only): Doctor Octopus is able to generate a 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.


  • Genius-Level Intellect: Otto Octavius is a proven great scientific genius, which he intended to use for humanity and develop his greatest project to revolutionize fusion, he was student in science before, he has always had an incredible talent for science


  • Rosalie Octavius - Wife †
  • Harry Osborn - Ally and Attempted Victim †
  • Curt Conners - Friend
  • Spider-Man/Peter Parker - Ally turned Temporary Enemy
  • Hospital Staff - Victims †


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.


  • 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 - operated by a female grip - and the most motherly.
  • Although that Doctor Octopus is his alias in the comics and the TV shows, Octavius never adopted this alias and was given to him only by the Daily Bugle.
  • 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.
  • Doc Ock is one of the very few characters to be the exact same character in two franchises: Alfred Molina's Doc Ock will return in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
  • 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.

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