Doctor Octopus, played by Alfred Molina, has been tipped to return in the new Spider-Man movie. 

The 67-year-old actor appeared in Sam Raimi's 2004 superhero movie Spider-Man 2 as scientist Otto Octavius, who becomes bonded to four mechanical arms following a failed experiment.

He will reprise the role in Tom Holland's upcoming third outing as the web-slinging hero, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Alfred Molina looks set to reprise his role in the forthcoming Spider-man film

Molina's involvement was first rumoured last month when he was reportedly spotted on the set of the movie.

Tom Holland, 24, has played Spider-Man in 2017's Homecoming and 2019's Far From Home.

Stars of those films including Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Tony Revolori are expected to return for the third movie.

Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx played villain Electro in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which featured Andrew Garfield in the main role.

Foxx is reportedly set to star in the new film, bringing together three generations of Spider-Man movies. Tobey Maguire played the hero in Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

It has been rumoured multiple Spider-Men could feature in the new film, which has a release date of December next year.