- Spider-Man Villains
- Doctor Octopus
Dr. Otto Octavius is a respected
scientist, one of the world's foremost experts in radiation and is also
the world's biggest villain known as Doctor Octopus, but he didn't start
out as a villain. He used four mechanical arms in his scientific
experiments, which bonded with his nervous system after an explosion.
Now he combines physical power
with mad genius. He was a founding member and the leader of the Sinister
Six. He was partially responsible for the death of George Stacy, among
other things, and even led the Masters of Evil at one point. Octavius
even became a victim of Spider-Man's insane clone, Kaine, who murdered
him, but he was later resurrected by the evil ninja group known as the
Hand. He was incarcerated in Riker's Island but escaped when he heard
the Green Goblin escaped. The villain confronted the Goblin at the
George Washington Bridge and both were struck by electricity, falling
into the New York river. Both of them survived and Ock had remained
loose until Peter Parker revealed he is Spider-Man during the superhero
Amazing Spider-Man 3
Ock attacked Spider-Man and
Ock's arch-nemesis revealed his own face to him. They fought and
Spider-Man won, putting Ock back in jail once more.
Dr. Octopus was Created by writer
Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, he first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man
#3 (July 1963).
Though Doctor Octopus himself is
portly, in poor physical shape, and is near-sighted, with his harness
attached he is physically more than a match for Spider-Man: in his first
appearance he beat Spider-Man so badly that the wall-crawler considered
giving up his heroic career, until he was inspired to continue by the
Human Torch at the time when the Fantastic Four were called in to fight
Octavius was for a time on good terms
with Peter Parker's Aunt May, whom he first met in The Amazing
Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964) when he abducted her and Peter's
then-girlfriend Betty Brant to attract Spider-Man's attention. In fact,
in later years May Parker and Otto Octavius were briefly engaged to be
married. Their wedding was interrupted by Hammerhead. That would have
been a strange couple
Ultimate Doctor Octopus
Visually, Ultimate Doc Ock is no longer fat and middle aged, but young
and mildly muscular. His arms are also different: he modifies them so
that their ends are made up of nanobots, and thus can have various
lethal accessories, transforming the three-pronged 'claws' into
flamethrowers, tasers, and machine guns. Also, the 616 Doc Ock wore
glasses or sunglasses due to nearsightedness, and also as a styling
accessory. The Ultimate Universe's version wears sunglasses to disguise
horrible wounds inflicted on his eyes during the accident that created
him, that leave him very sensitive to light.
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
Ultimate Doctor Octopus in Ultimate Spider-Man, Dr. Otto Octavius is
introduced as a lab assistant to Norman Osborn and secretly a spy for
Osborn's business rival, Justin Hammer. He is caught in a lab accident
(the same one that turns Norman into the Green Goblin), grafting his
traditional metal arms onto his body. After this incident, he is able to
communicate with these mechanical arms via telepathy. He modifies his
arms to have the power to morph into different shapes, and then seeks
revenge against Justin Hammer, but Spider-Man intervenes. Although
Octavius is defeated by Spider-Man, Justin Hammer perishes due to a
heart attack caused by Doctor Octopus attacking him.
Afterwards, Octavius is brought into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody where he,
along with Norman Osborn, form the Ultimate Six, comprised of some of
Spider-Man rogues gallery and an unwilling Spider-Man himself. In a
battle between the Six and the Ultimates on the White House lawn,
Octopus is taken down by the Wasp. Octavius is separated from his
tentacles and held in a different prison far away from them.
Octavius later finds out that his ex-wife is giving the rights to use
his likeness in the Spider-Man film. Outraged, he summons his tentacles
from the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility and goes on a rampage, until he is once
again stopped by Spider-Man. Back in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Nick Fury
melts Doctor Octopus' mechanical arms in front of him and instructs the
guards to watch the melting mechanism for at least an hour afterward to
make sure the arms would not try to escape. However, in the "Ultimate
Hobgoblin" Arc, it was revealed that a spare set of arms existed within
a bunker belonging to Norman Osborn. Plans for these remain to be seen.
In the recent Ultimate Clone Saga, Otto Octavius was revealed to be
responsible for all the Spider-Man clones, including an older clone of
Peter believing itself to be Richard Parker. His experimentation and
research was done for the FBI in order to find a way to create super
soldiers so the U.S. Government wouldn't have to be reliant on Nick
Fury's monopoly on the Ultimates; he appears alongside Fury, SHIELD and
the Fantastic Four in #102 in the storming of an Osborn Industries
plant, and is outside Fury's jurisdiction. At the end of #103, it is
revealed that Octavius actually did not have a psychic link with his
arms only, rather that he has the ability to manipulate metal. In issue
#104 he creates a new set of arms out of metal scraps and battles both
Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Woman before being knocked out. How
similar or dissimilar his power is to that of Magneto is unknown,
because his use of these powers is seen in only two issues (and a very
minor portion of the first). A possible explanation is that he holds a
telepathic link with all Metal that was exposed to the OZ explosion, as
he has thusfar only been seen to control Metal with these properties.
Doctor Octopus in MC2
In the MC2 alternate continuity, it is revealed that Doctor Octopus
attacked the Daily Bugle shortly after the disappearance/retirement of
Spider-Man, killing editor-in-chief Joseph "Robbie" Robertson. This
motivates Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson to initiate "Project: Human
Fly", an attempt to create a government controlled superhero.
Mercenaries (later revealed to be in the employ of Doctor Octopus)
attempt to steal the Human Fly suit, but are thwarted when Jameson's
grandson takes the suit (the controls of which bond to the first user)
and becomes the superhero The Buzz. The Buzz and Spider-Girl eventually
apprehend Doctor Octopus, who falls into a coma from which he is not
expected to recover.
Later, the mantle of Doctor Octopus is taken up by Lady Octopus.
Doctor Octopus' first appearance outside of comics was in the 1960s
Spider-Man animated series, where he appeared in two episodes.
He also made one appearance in the 1980s animated series Spider-Man, in
which he stole crystals in order to enhance the power of his extra arms.
Doctor Octopus was later a guest villain in The Incredible Hulk animated
series, in the 1982 episode "Tomb of the Unknown Hulk", in which he had
stolen a rocket ship in the military camp.
Finally, he appeared in a third-season episode of Spider-Man and his
Amazing Friends in 1983. In both of his later two 1980s animated
appearances, he was voiced by Michael Bell.
Doctor Octopus made several appearances in the 1990s animated series
Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Dr. Octopus used to be Otto Octavius,
who was Peter Parker's science teacher at Science Camp this relationship
of former mentor and pupil made Dr Octopus fond of Peter even after his
descent into villainy. One day, Octavius created a fusion experiment,
using four metal tentacles. When the experiment exploded, Octavius'
tentacles were permanently stuck on his back. In his first appearance,
Dr. Octopus kidnaps Felicia Hardy and J. Jonah Jameson for ransom from
Felicia's mother, as Felicia's mom didn't have patience to fund Ock's
experiments. When Peter calls him, Dr. Octopus decides to have Peter
bring the ransom. After he was defeated by Spider-Man, Dr. Octopus was
captured, and was taken to jail.
Doctor Octopus in 1990s Spider-Man animated series.Later, he became a
member of The Insidious Six in the first two episodes of Season 2 and
the five-part episode, "Six Forgotten Warriors" in Season 5, and one of
the Kingpin's enforcers after the first episodes of Season 2, helping
him commit crimes. He even came far as wiping out Spider-Man's memory
and making him think the two were partners-in-crime. But thanks to
Spider-Man's fangirl, Tiana, and a cabbie named Mousie, he got his
memory back and Octavius was sent back to jail.
He eventually became aware that Anastasia Hardy's husband, John Hardesky,
was a cat burgular known as the Cat and used this information to
blackmail Mrs. Hardy into giving him his money. But he was abducted by
the Kingpin for Octavius to work for the crime lord again and his plans
were not to reveal to the world that Mrs. Hardy's husband was a crook
but merely use John Hardesky because he was jailed for knowing the
super-soldier formula that created Captain America during World War II.
After Hardesky was kidnapped, Ock was sent to kidnap Felicia to
blackmail Hardesky if he didn't reveal the super-solider formula, she'll
die. Hardesky revealed the formula and it was tested on Felicia, turning
her into the Black Cat. His final appearance in the show was in the
three-part "Secret Wars", in which he ruled an alien planet city renamed
Unfortunately, it was stolen by Dr. Doom and renamed it New Latveria,
forcing Ock to work for the Red Skull. When Doom absorbed the Beyonder's
powers, Doom transported Alistair Smythe, the Red Skull and Ock back to
Earth with them getting amnesia from the events. In the series finale of
this show, despite Ock not appearing in it, Spider-Man was sent by
Madame Web and the Beyonder to stop the evil Spider-Carnage from
destroying all reality, helping Spider-Man was other Spider-Men from
different realities. One of them had metallic tentacles like Ock and
that Spider-Man explained it was a "souvenir from my last fight with Doc
Ock". It is unknown if that Spider-Man killed or had Ock killed in his
reality and stole his robotic arms, but it seems likely. In all of these
episodes, Doc Ock was voiced by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., who gave the
character a thick Germanic accent. Efrem also voiced the character in
the Playstation and N64 Spider-Man game, as well as for a ride at
Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, The Amazing Adventures of
Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2
|Doctor Octopus is portrayed by
Alfred Molina in the film Spider-Man 2 (2004). However, the story
is very contracted, and Octavius seems to have become Dr. Octopus
and died within a year. While the comic version has been portrayed
as highly arrogant, in the movie, Otto Octavius is a generally
likable man. He regards intelligence as a gift that should be used
to benefit mankind, is married (Which did not occur in the comics,
but has been added to dramatize the story) and rather than working
with nuclear material, he uses nuclear fusion to create a miniature
electricity-generating "sun", which he manipulates with his
tentacles, which he describes as resistant to heat, radiation and
magnetism. They are designed with a complex claw system allowing
the Octavius to manipulate objects of any size. Each claw also
houses a separate camera, allowing the Doctor to see in any
The tentacles are also different - in
the comics, Octavius controlled them with dials prior to his accident,
but in the movie, they are attached to his nervous system along his
spinal cord and he controls them mentally from the outset; they also
have a degree of artificial intelligence in the movie. Octavius controls
this with an inhibitor chip, but when the chip is destroyed in his
accident (caused when the "sun" he creates becomes unstable, and a large
"flare" from it strikes him in the back, administering a huge electric
shock that fuses the tentacles' attachments to his spine), they are able
to manipulate his mind and drive him to rebuild his failed fusion
device. The tentacles' influence, combined with the loss of his wife and
his failure, is what makes Doc Ock evil in the movie, rather than him
simply becoming insane due to brain damage from the accident as he does
in the comics.
Doctor Octopus confronts Spider-Man in the movie when he robs a bank to
gain money for buying parts for the new fusion device. Later, he
completes the device, but requires precious tritium to fuel it, and
turns to Harry Osborn to provide it for him. Harry agrees, if Ock will
bring him Spider-Man (in the first movie, Harry was led to believe that
Spider-Man killed his father, and is obsessed with vengeance in the
second movie). This leads to Ock tracking down Peter Parker and
kidnapping Mary Jane Watson so Peter will "persuade" Spider-Man to meet
him. Oddly enough, he throws a car at Peter and Mary Jane while they are
sitting in a restaraunt, while knowing that Parker is his only way to
find Spider-man (and having been asked by Harry to "not hurt Peter".
Another battle ensues between Spider-Man and Doc Ock, which the villain
wins (Spider-Man is forced to stop a speeding train that Octavius makes
go out of control, correctly anticipating the superhero would be too
weak to resist him after he stops it).
After delivering Spider-Man to Harry, Doctor Octopus gets his tritium
and creates another, larger "sun", which also becomes unstable,
threatening to either drag Manhattan into it with its powerful gravity
and magnetic field, or explode. Having escaped from Harry, Spider-Man
arrives on the scene and fights Doc Ock again - he knocks Ock back far
enough to reach the fusion plug, thus giving him another giant
electrical shock. When Spider-Man unplugs the device, however, the "sun"
is not destroyed, having become so large it is self-sustaining. The
second electric shock appears to free Octavius from the influence of his
tentacles - after some mental effort fighting them back, along with a
conversation with Peter (Who voluntarily unmasks to talk to his former
hero), he regains control of his mind, returns to his good nature and
destroys the "sun" himself by pulling down its supports so it sinks into
the river and is contained. Doctor Octopus sinks down after it, and
appears to die. His last words were, "I will not die a monster."
In the novel written of the film it's indicated that the "solar flare"
has also given him extremely light-sensitive eyes, and that the glasses
are in fact sunglasses for this purpose.