I pitched it, and they were like, ‘No.’ I will say, it was the one moment where I was like, ‘Why are you saying no?’… This is the one time where it took a long time to get certain people to come around, and go, ‘Okay, it can be a female.’
Early on it was a male version… he was probably one of the least developed characters in the first draft of the script. He was kind of inspired by The Dude, and Alchemax was actually in Big Sur. There was a really crazy, old version where they came all the way to California.
Honestly, I will say: Kathryn Hahn, I love her deeply, and I was watching something with her, and I was like, ‘You know, it would be really cool if we made a female Doc Ock.’ It’d be really cool. And who could carry both sides of it? Who can be the ridiculous, funny, buttoned-up scientist that you would never expect, and then who could be this weirdly sinister, threatening, highly intelligent supervillain?
I think in the end everybody was very happy with what it turned out to be. And that sequence at Alchemax, I think it shockingly became a lot of people’s favorite sequence. There’s so much good in there, and she brings so much interesting performance to the table.