Kathryn Hahn is lastly getting her nicely earned second within the highlight. Showing because the nosey neighbor in Marvel’s pseudo-sitcom, WandaVision, Hahn continues to broaden her viewers attain and cement her place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2018, Hahn surprised audiences by taking over the villainous position of Physician Olivia Octavius within the award-winning animated movie, Into The Spider-Verse. Whereas the star-studded film acquired rave opinions praising its animation and soundtrack, critics additionally highlighted Hahn’s gender-swapped efficiency as Dr. Olivia Octavius as a standout characteristic of the movie.
With reviews of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Alfred Molina reprising their previous roles within the upcoming live-action Spider-Man movie, it solely appears match that Hahn’s Dr. ‘Liv’ Octavius get equal alternative to make her live-feature debut. The presence of compelling and complicated feminine villains remains to be a rarity in Hollywood, and Hahn’s Spider-Verse position has the potential to make her a rarified supervillain. Add in Doc Ock’s tragic origin story, and this might be a licensed blockbuster.
There may be loads of Doc Ock materials within the comics that the Spider-Man movies have but to discover. Into the Spider-Verse, alludes to 1 thrilling doable premise for a feminine Doc Ock centered characteristic, when it hints at a former relationship between Dr. Octavius and Aunt Could. Following Dr. Octavius’s shocking reveal in Into the Spider-Verse, Peter Parker remarks, “Can I assume that your folks name you Doc Ock?,” to which Octavius replies, “My buddies really name me Liv. My enemies name me Doc Ock.”
In a while, as Kingpin’s squadron of villains infiltrates the Parker family, Aunt Could begrudgingly remarks, “Oh nice, it is Liv.” Evidently, on this universe the 2 girls are conscious of one another on a first-name foundation, making manner for a possible Dr. Octavius, Aunt Could romance in future movies. This potential storyline has a major grounding within the Spider-Man comics, as one problem sees Doc Ock virtually marry Aunt Could.
If there’s any doubt that Hahn can adapt her model of Dr. Octavius to the live-action format, skeptics want solely look to her season-long stint on NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, because the ruthless and crafty political strategist, Jennifer Barkley. All through the present’s fifth season, Barkley bests the real, idealistic Leslie Nope time and time once more, by blatantly mendacity and manipulating these round her for her personal political acquire. Barkley, a big-time Washington political strategist is employed to run the marketing campaign of childish Pawnee trust-fund child, Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd). Hahn is without delay smarmy, charming, and unreadable within the position, with a Cheshire cat smile that serves as her fixed poker face. There is no doubt that she will the identical deliver intrigue and complexity to a live-action villain.
Furthermore, Hahn has made a profession out of taking part in complicated girls and may certainly entry the emotional depth obligatory for a Joker-level antagonist. Hahn’s position on WandaVision has solely additional cemented her antagonistic potential, as fan hypothesis surrounding Agnes’s true villainous id has been circulating the web.
Throughout an interview with Looper, Hahn was requested about whether or not she thinks that her WandaVision position might jeopardize different live-action MCU alternatives. She acknowledged that she’s “not conscious of any cause that her live-action presence on WandaVision and her Spider-Verse position ought to get in one another’s manner.” She additionally famous that “[WandaVision] feels in contrast to something that the MCU has ever executed earlier than on so many ranges. I simply really feel like the principles are altering each second. And the principles are, ‘There actually aren’t any guidelines.'”
Whether or not or not Hahn’s Dr. Octavius turns into a live-action actuality, one factor is for certain: That is solely the start of the Hahnaissance.