See Tom Hanks In Villain Mode As Doctor Octopus

An Instagram fan artist imagines Tom Hanks as A Man Called Otto.

By Douglas Helm | Published

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Tom Hanks’ next film A Man Called Otto is coming out this weekend but Instagram user Rahal Nejraoui decided to take some creative liberties with the poster to make it A Man Called Otto Octavius. While Alfred Molina is undoubtedly the definitive live-action Doc Ock, Nejraoui certainly makes a good case for Hanks with this poster. It’s not often that we see Hanks as the villain, but this seems like the perfect fit.

Of course, with the multiverse being a major part of the MCU, it’s always possible that we could see a different actor take on the role of Doctor Octopus in the future. If they decide to cast Tom Hanks, it’s hard to imagine too many people would have a problem with it. We already got to see Alfred Molina reprise the role in Spider-Man: No Way Home and he ended up becoming a good guy, so having another actor play the role would make sure Molina’s character arc isn’t ruined.

People have been waiting to see if Tom Hanks would pop up in the MCU for a while. Hanks has even expressed interest in appearing at the MCU at some point. The MCU has plenty of top-tier talent, so it’s not like Hanks would be out of place appearing as a villain, hero, or any other kind of character.

Fortunately, Tom Hanks has plenty of projects to keep us entertained until he (maybe) gets cast for an MCU role. The first of which is the aforementioned A Man Called Otto which inspired this whole discussion. While Hanks won’t be playing an outright supervillain in the film, he is playing a character that’s billed as “the grumpiest man in America.”

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Tom Hanks in A Man Called Otto (2022)

A Man Called Otto follows Tom Hanks as a man who is ready to end it all after the death of his wife, but finds a friendship with the family next door that turns his life around for the better. The film is directed by Marc Forster with a screenplay by David Magee based on the book by Fredrik Backman. Along with Hanks, the film stars Mariana Trevino, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Rachel Keller, and Kailey Hyman.

So far, A Man Called Otto is getting solid reviews, so it may be a return to form for Tom Hanks who has had a couple of recent misses. His Pinocchio movie was critically panned all around and his performance in Elvis was a bit odd and not one of the critically-acclaimed actor’s best efforts. While it doesn’t seem like A Man Called Otto will necessarily go down as one of his best roles, it does seem like it will be a good vehicle for Hanks’ signature heart that he brings to his characters.

The Tom Hanks role to really look forward to will be in Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City. Anderson is an auteur who can usually get the best out of the actors he works with, and Hanks should fit perfectly in his world of offbeat characters. The film comes out on June 23 and also stars Margot Robbie, Edward Norton, Hong Chau, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Carell, Maya Hawke, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Rupert Friend, Jeff Goldblum, Rita Wilson, Fisher Stevens, Hope Davis, and Sophia Lillis.