‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Director Reveals Why Doctor Octopus Was Female

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse director Rodney Rothman has revealed why Doctor Octopus was gender-swapped in the film.

Some people consider Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse the best Spider-Man film yet. The Academy Award winning film is full of great moments and twists on the Spider-Man mythos. One of the best moments in the film was when it was revealed that Olivia was actually the Doctor Octopus of Miles’ universe.

In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Doctor Octopus was voiced by Kathryn Hahn, who will also appear in the upcoming WandaVision series. During ComicBook.com’s Quarantine Watch Party, Rodney Rothman revealed on Twitter that Doctor Octopus was turned into a woman because Bob Persichetti and Hahn were friends through their kids. Rothman also revealed that Doctor Octopus was originally inspired by “The Dude” from The Big Lebowski in earlier drafts.

What were your thoughts on the gender-bending Doctor Octopus twist in the film? Sound-off in the comments section below!

Here is the official synopsis for the film:

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman from a script written by Phil Lord, the animated film features the voice talents of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, and Lily Tomlin.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest news surrounding the Spider-Verse!

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Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.