- Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx reunited to talk about their return to the Spider-Man Universe.
- The trio will return to portray fan-favorite villains Green Goblin, Doc Octopus, and Electro in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
- The actors said costume improvements and technology brought them back to the franchise.
Fans have a lot to expect from “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the highly-anticipated installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the return of three familiar, villainous faces to the “Spider-Man” franchise.
Actors Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx came together publicly for the first time on Saturday to talk about reviving their characters in the upcoming film, where the three play comic favorites Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Electro, respectively.
Dafoe and Molina appeared in 2002’s “Spider-Man” and its sequel opposite Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker, while Foxx appeared in 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” opposite Andrew Garfield.
In their interview with fan hosts at Comic-Con Experience, a virtual Brazilian fan convention, the trio dished about their new costumes for the film and how technological improvements helped create new looks for the villains.
“Nobody knows how uncomfortable those costumes are, but they looked good, and we’re actors so you forget about the discomfort,” Dafoe said. “But the [new] costumes are much more comfortable than they were before.”
“The Lighthouse” actor also cheekily teased the new design, saying it’s more flexible and includes “a few upgrades.” A quick, never-before-seen glimpse of the Goblin in “No Way Home,” was shown in a new TV spot at CCXP.
Dafoe touted the “huge leap in the technology” since his initial outing as the Marvel villain almost 2o years ago. Dafoe recounted his fitting for the 2002 Sam Raimi-directed film, where he stood for eight hours while costumers attached pieces of his suit to his body. For “No Way Home,” crews were able to 3D-scan Dafoe’s figure to craft the Goblin’s outfit.
“When the idea was first suggested, my first thought was, ‘Hang on, I’m 17 years older. I’ve got chins, I’ve got wrinkles, what are they going to do?'” Molina said. “Then, of course, I suddenly realize, ‘Wait a minute, they’ve got the technology, this isn’t going to be a problem.'”
Molina also confirmed that Doctor Octopus’ famous tentacles in “No Way Home” are completely computer-generated effects. In 2004’s “Spider-Man 2,” the actor had mechanical tentacles — operated by puppeteers off-screen — attached to his body.
Foxx expressed his excitement for the prospect of not being blue, like his divisive “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” appearance, saying “this ‘new new’ is fly.”
“[Producer Amy Pascal] was explaining to me it was going to be ‘hot.’ And I didn’t have to be blue … as far as my character’s concerned,” Foxx said. “It was going to be more hip.”
Foxx’s original costume, which according to the actor took two to three hours to prep, wasn’t a big deal at the time because he was happy to be part of the project, but he thought his updated look was more comfortable and modern.
The actors also spoke about why they decided to return after many years, commending the pitch and story direction of Pascal and “No Way Home” director Jon Watts. The characters will also have more depth this time around, they added, serving beyond plot devices.
Check out the full CCXP panel interview below.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” hits theaters in the US on December 17.