Dafoe, Molina Explain How Spider-Man: No Way Home's Costume Tech Has Advanced
Alfred Molina and Willem Dafoe revealed how their costumes are much more advanced in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
At CCXP, the No Way Home actors discussed their updated costumes, with Dafoe saying, "I don't know how much we want to fool with spoilers but the look's a little different. Norman and the Goblin are further down the line and have a few more tricks up their sleeves, so it's not an exact… there've been upgrades on the costume, let's say."
Molina explained how newer CG technology for Doctor Octopus' tentacles was what set No Way Home's costume apart from Spider-Man 2. "In the original movie they were mechanical, and I had them attached to me and we had puppeteers working them," he said. "That's the big difference."
Molina also added that he was initially hesitant to return due to his age, but then realized that new technology meant this was no obstacle. "When the idea was first suggested, my first thought was, 'Hang on. I'm 17 years older. I've got chins, I've got wrinkles, you know. I mean, what are they going to do?’" he said. "And then, of course, you suddenly realize, 'Wait a minute, they've got the technology. This isn't going to be a problem.'"
The pair joked about what it's like to wear the costumes, explaining that they're a lot more comfortable now than they were back in the early 2000s. "I remember the initial fitting, to create the costume for the Green Goblin. I stood there for eight hours, and they put different pre-formed pieces on me," Dafoe explained. "Now, they scan me, and they can design it and then make the costume and then try it on me. It's a huge leap in the technology."
A new promo for No Way Home features the Green Goblin's new unmasked look, as he launches a pumpkin bomb at Spider-Man. Posters for the film are also teasing some other new features of the Goblin's costume, such as goggles and an updated glider. While Doc Ock's costume looks largely the same, some new red augmentations on his tentacles led to fan theories that he will absorb some of Tony Stark's Iron Man technology from the Iron Spider suit.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters on Dec. 17.