Otto Octavius / Doc Ock

Otto Octavius / Doc Ock

    Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… in New York, spending most of his waking time at OSCORP's labs. OSCORP is a military contractor run by Harry Osborn, the young son of Norman Osborn, a gifted scientist who became the evil Green Goblin after a failed experiment. When he meets Peter Parker he’s struck by the young man’s genius and begins to act as a sort of mentor to him – although their relationship turns adversarial soon after.

Profession… scientist at OSCORP industries, where Otto has been hired to create a working fusion reactor. If he succeeds he’ll have created a limitless source of clean energy, and he believes he’s on the cusp of figuring it out. Unfortunately, during a demonstration of his prototype something goes horribly wrong and he creates a small sun at the reactor’s core. It quickly becomes unstable and overloads Otto’s mechanical arms he uses to work with the reactor. Once overloaded his arms begin to develop a mind of their own – and start to drive Otto insane.

Interests… science. While he originally sought to create the reactor to help all human kind, after his accident Otto becomes singularly fixated on finishing the reactor at any cost. Robbery, blackmail, and murder are all on the table; no price is too high for Otto to finish his masterpiece.

Relationship Status… During his disastrous demonstration of his fusion generator, his wife Rosalie was killed by Otto's robotic arms.

Challenge… finding the money and parts to finish his fusion reactor. Obsessed with completing the dangerous fusion reactor, Octavius labors under the influence of his four sentient arms. Creating a fusion reactor is hard even when you’re doing it legitimately, but Otto’s madness soon puts him at odds with the intrepid Spider-Man. He is forced to divide his time between scientific experimentation, crime, and dueling the amazing web slinger.

Personality… brilliant, stubborn, and irresponsible. It's clear that Otto thinks that the ends justify the means. He's also a tireless worker: "Did Edison sleep before he turned on the light bulb? Did Marconi sleep before he turned on the radio? Did Beethoven sleep before he wrote the fifth?"


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