A brilliant nuclear physicist, he is the scientific idol of Peter Parker and the subject of his college paper, and Peter first meets him by means of Harry Osborn, who is funding Octavius through Oscorp. At first, Octavius dismisses Peter until he remembers that Oscorp pays the bills and that Parker is the "brilliant but lazy" Empire State University physics student of colleague Doctor Connors. He regards intelligence as "a gift that should be used to benefit mankind", and attempts to provide an infinite energy source for humanity by generating a protostar via a deuterium-tritium fusion reaction. He initiates and sustains fusion with the aid of four artificially intelligent actuators of his own design, which are impervious to heat and magnetism and connected to his spiral cord and central nervous system with nanowires that feed directly into his cerebellum. In a friendly conversation with Otto and his wife, Peter expresses concern about about the slightest errors in calculation dealing with instabilities of the nuclear reaction that could cause harm to the city of New York, but Doctor Octavius and Rosalie assure him he knows what he is doing. Peter, who just prior to this impressed Octavius with his discussion on sympathetic frequencies, further prides Octavius with his knowledge of Bernoulli's discovery of the curves of quickest descent. He asks him about the girl in his life and says that something as complicated as love should never be kept a secret. Rosalie recalls how Otto and she first met and fell in love: she was trying to teach him poetry while he was trying to teach her science, particularly relativity. Further, she says a relationship is difficult and must be worked. Octavius states that poetry is more difficult than advanced science, and that it is the key to a woman's heart. When the protostar is generated at the exhibition the next day he says that the sun is "in the palm of his hands", but a horrible accident occurs, causing his wife to be killed by shattered pieces of glass and ruining Harry's reputation in funding for Octavius' experiment.
The tentacles are attached to Octavius' nervous system along his spiral cord and he controls them mentally from the outset with a special inhibitor chip. The special inhibitor chip protects his higher brain functions by attaching to his cerebral cortex, created to ensure Octavius retains control over the machines and not vice-versa. The arms are designed with a complex claw system that has two separate mini-claws that allows Ock to pick up objects of different size. Each tentacle has superhuman strength and reflexes and are nearly indestructible (although apparently vulnerable to electrical shocks). Each claw also houses a separate camera, allowing the Doctor to see in any direction. They also can become larger "feet" that allow Doctor Octopus to climb walls and walk on any kind of terrain. Doctor Octopus can extend daggers from the clawed tips. Also, the metal they are constructed from is not adamantium but from an indescribable type of metal. But when the chip is destroyed in his accident, caused when the "sun" he created becomes unstable, and a large "flare" from it strikes him in the back, fusing the tentacles' attachments to his spine, they are able to manipulate his mind and drive him to rebuild his failed fusion device, no matter the cost. The tentacles' influence, combined with the loss of his wife and his ruined dreams, is what makes Doc Ock evil in the movie, rather than him simply becoming insane due to brain damage from the accident (as in the comics).
Doctor Octopus confronts Spider-Man when he robs a bank to finance parts for the new fusion device. During the battle, Doc Ock takes Aunt May hostage, and nearly kills her when he callously drops her off a high building. Fortunately, Spider-Man saves her, while Ock makes his escape. Doctor Octopus completes the device, but requires tritium to fuel it, and turns to Harry Osborn to provide it for him. Harry agrees, if Ock will bring him Spider-Man. Doc Ock tracks down Peter in a cafe, where he is having a romantic meeting with Gwen. He accosts Peter, hurling a car through a window of the cafe, and tells Peter to instruct Spider-Man to meet him, or Doc Ock will kill Gwen.
Following a long battle aboard a train, Doc Ock delivers Spider-Man to Harry and receives his tritium. He duplicates his fusion experiment, creating another, larger "sun", which also becomes unstable, threatening to either drag Manhattan into it with its powerful gravity and magnetic field, or explode. Having escaped from Harry, Spider-Man arrives on the scene and fights Doc Ock again, he knocks Ock back far enough to reach the fusion plug, giving him an electrical shock that stuns his tentacles for the time being. When Spider-Man unplugs the device, however, the "sun" is not destroyed, but has instead become so large that it is self-sustaining. A conversation with Peter (who voluntarily unmasks himself to try and reach Octavius' 'good' side), seems to free Octavius from the influence of his tentacles, after some mental effort fighting them back, he regains control of his mind, realizes he must stop the fusion reactor by himself, and pulls down its supports so it sinks into the river and is contained. Peter had told him that sometimes one must let go of their dreams for the good of mankind, mirroring Aunt May's prior speech to him. Doctor Octopus sinks down along with the "sun".
Powers and Abilities
- Telepathic Control over Tentacles: Octopus can control the actions of his artificial arms psionically, even when they have been severed from his body and are separated from him by vast distances (a distance of 900 miles has been recorded).
- Telescoping: Each tentacle is approximately six feet long at full contraction, but can extend to a maximum of 24 feet in length.
- Superhuman Striking Force: Each tentacle is capable of moving at a speed of ninety feet per second and strike with the force of a jackhammer.
- High-Wind Generation: The tentacles can generate 50 mile per hour winds if spun like a giant fan.
- Wall-Climbing and Traveling: By combining the intrinsic strength of both his tentacles and the pincers, Doctor Octopus can scale stone, brick, or concrete walls by rending "handholds" in the surface of the wall. Octopus is able to use his tentacles for traversing horizontal distances as well. At full extension, he can travel high above the ground as if on stilts, either using two tentacles, or for maximum speed (approximately 50 miles per hour), four tentacles.
- Sensation Feeling: Although there are no nerve endings throughout the length of his artificial arms, Octopus can "feel" basic sensations with them. As a result of the mutagenic changes from exposure to radiation during the accident, electrical connections have been made from his chest harness to his spine. Thus, Doctor Octopus can mentally perceive "tactile" sensations by feeling the amount of electrical resistance that the pincer's electric motors feel when the pincers grasp an object.
Superhuman Concentration: Doctor Octopus possesses extraordinary mental abilities and concentration, and through years of practice is able to perform two complex and two simple independent actions, simultaneously, one with each arm.
- Radiation Specialist: Doctor Octopus is one of the world's leading authorities on nuclear radiation and its effect on animal physiology.
- Engineering: Doctor Octopus is a brilliant engineer and inventor.
- Leadership: Doctor Octopus is a superb strategist and a charismatic leader.
- Master Combatant: He is a formidable combatant although he had no formal combat training.
Without the use of his artificial tentacles, Otto possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in no regular exercise. Each of his tentacles is able to lift approximately 8 tons (provided that Octopus supports his harness with at least one other arm in order to prevent the chest harness/skin interface from bearing any part of the effort). With one arm, Octopus could lift an automobile. With two arms, he could throw an automobile tens of feet, or lift a small bus. The pincers on his arms are capable of gripping with a force of 175 pounds per square inch, sufficient to deform any object made of a thin-walled substance less durable than steel. The pincers can, for instance, crush a handgun. By combining the intrinsic strength of both his tentacles and the pincers, Doctor Octopus could perform such feats as tearing steel doors off bank vaults.
Equipment: Doctor Octopus' Tentacles: His tentacles, which allow him to easily break/bend stronger metals. They also have spikes that come from the 'eyes'. When the claws are closed, they can fold up to reveal small claws to hold smaller and more delicate objects. They are resistant to heat and magnetism.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
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