Alfred molina from no way home asked jacob batalon for his autograph

Spider-Man: No Way Home star Jacob Batalon reveals Alfred Molina asked for his autograph on set. The MCU's third Spider-Man film has only been in theaters for a few days, but it has quickly made history. Armed with rave reviews and a rare A+ CinemaScore, Spider-Man: No Way Home exceeded all expectations to earn $253 million in its first weekend, the third-biggest opening in history and the biggest since the coronavirus pandemic began. This is happening even as Covid-19 cases are on the rise amid the Omicron variant that is prevalent worldwide.

Much of the excitement around Spider-Man: No Way Home has been driven by its multiversal premise, which sees the return of actors from previous Spidey franchises. A botched spell by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) brings five villains from alternate realities, all with scores to settle with one Peter Parker. Spider-Man: No Way Home's marketing paid special attention to Molina's Doc Ock; he was previously in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 and is widely considered one of the best comic book villains of all time.

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Fans might have been hyped to see an acting legend like Molina officially join the MCU Spider-Man: No Way Home, but he was most excited to meet one of his younger co-stars. In a recent interview with THRBatalon, who plays Peter's best friend Ned Leeds, revealed that Molina had a surprising request for him when they met on set. It turns out Molina wanted Batalon's autograph, though it took Batalon a second to believe him. He said:

When I first met Alfred, I think he told me that his – I think it was his stepdaughter [that] was a big fan of mine. And he asked me to give him like a hand-signed picture. At first I thought he was joking, I literally thought he was just trying to pull my leg or something, but he actually asked me for a picture. And I thought, 'Of course I'm going to do the.'. Now we are best friends.' And now we're best friends. [Laughs.]

Alfred molina from no way home asked jacob batalon for his autograph

This sweet interaction seems to perfectly represent what Spider-Man: No Way Home has become a symbol: Two generations coming together in a heartfelt way. Batalon must have been thrilled to work with Molina, but Molina proved to be just as big a fan of the younger actor, making the whole experience very special for everyone involved. Spider-Man: No Way Home perfectly pairs newcomers like Zendaya and Tom Holland with acting vets like Molina and Willem Dafoe, and it sounds like there was a lot of mutual respect on set.

Molina's return as Doc Ock was one of the most hyped aspects of Spider-Man: No Way Home before its release and based on fan reaction, it didn't disappoint. He has several memorable moments in the film, including a goofy moment with Holland, Batalon and Zendaya that made it into the film's trailers. This may be the only time Molina has been in the MCU, but it's safe to say he's made the most of his Spider-Man: No way home Look, especially if he got a special autograph for his daughter in.

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