No Way Home Has Fans Scratching Their Heads

“So safe to say a 616 version of Otto does not exist in this universe. Otherwise, the name would be familiar (even if Peter does not personally know him),” said u/Wingardium-Levi0sa on Reddit.

After all, in the corner of the multiverse that Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films take place in, Octavius is a major scientific figure working on a breakthrough in nuclear fusion, one that Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is honored to have a chance to meet before the whole turning evil thing happens. If he was anywhere close to that level of prominence in this universe, wouldn’t a trio of geeky students at the Midtown School of Science and Technology have at least heard his name before, instead of thinking it’s a joke?

Others disagreed. “idk. This Peter’s still in high school,” wrote u/schreibeheimer. “I don’t think it’s out-of-line for him to be unfamiliar with even well-respected academics.”

Other fans chimed in with other possibilities. For instance, it was suggested that the MCU’s Octavius could be Olivia, the female version of the character voiced by Kathryn Hahn in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” But if that were the case, presumably the same last name wouldn’t crack up Peter and his friends so much. “Or maybe that was the reason that Peter and gang were laughing, because there’s already an Otto Octavius in the MCU, so they probably thought Raimi’s Otto is a lunatic imposter,” wrote u/Homedelivery27. 

Another possibility? MCU Octavius might just be younger — a college student, even, who has yet to make a name for himself.

This naturally raises the question of whether the other villains exist in the MCU, either. Has Peter never heard of Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) either? If not, that’s going to be a rude introduction. 

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