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Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx On Returning in Spider-Man: No Way Home

Three generations of Spidey villains unite in a special CCXP panel.
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It’s really happening. I mean sure, we’ve already gotten confirmation from all the leaks, trailers, and promotional materials, but seeing Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx all in one room doing press for Spider-Man No Way Home makes it feel even more real. They’re actually back.

If you told me around a year ago that I would see legendary old Spider-Man villains in a Comic Con panel talking about reprising their roles, I wouldn’t believe you. I’d probably even laugh at you. The idea that past characters from different iterations of Spider-Man uniting in one movie seemed surreal—like a pipe dream that came straight out of a fanfic. But stranger things have happened in the last couple of years. So here we are. 

In a video released on YouTube, the three actors sat down for a quick interview at the 2021 Comic Con Experience in Brazil. The video starts off with a quick introduction from Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, interspersed with clips from the upcoming movie. The trio then started off by talking about what made them return to their iconic roles.

Foxx said that he’s happy he’s no longer sporting the blue Electro look he once did for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “[Amy Pascal, producer] explained to me that I didn’t have to be blue.”

“I got speared pretty good in the first movie but I thought okay they can figure out a way to bring me back,” Dafoe, who played the Green Goblin in the 2001 Sam Raimi Spider-Man said. “It was really the pitch. [Amy] walked me through it, then Jon [Watts], the director, pitched the whole idea. I like the idea of returning to something that was the same but different,” he added.

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“For me, it was just about the money,” Molina joked.

When asked what it was like to put on their respective costumes for the first time in decades Dafoe said, “The costumes are much more comfortable than they were before. I remember the initial fitting to create the costume for the Green Goblin, I stood there for eight hours.”

“The main difference between [Spider-Man 2] and [Spider-Man: No Way Home] is that the tentacles are all CG now, whereas in the original movie they were mechanical and I had them attached to me,” Molina explained.

When asked about what they love about portraying their roles as Spidey villains, Molina said, “What’s so wonderful about the villains in the Marvel universe is that so many of them become villains almost reluctantly. There’s some real depth to it.”

“Green Goblin has a case to state this time,” Dafoe said as he interrupted Molina. “He’s trying to make a case—a philosophy of life,” he continued. “It seems personal,” Foxx added, referring to the Green Goblin. “Because with Electro, the world did [him] wrong. But when something is personal there’s nothing that can beat that.”

That doesn’t sound particularly good for our friendly neighborhood web-slinger. Whatever Green Goblin and the other villains have up their sleeves will surely give Spider-Man (or Spider-Men?) a run for his money. 

Watch the entire CCXP villain panel here.

Spider-Man: No Way Home releases worldwide on December 17, 2021, and here in the Philippines on January 8, 2022, unfortunately.

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