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In Spider-Man 2, I understand that Doctor Octopus is being controlled by his tentacles, but what is his actual motivation for rebuilding the "device"? What does he hope to achieve by doing this?

Does he hope to destroy the city? Does he just want ultimate power? Is he trying to prove that he can actually control what he's created?

His motivation always seemed a little vague to me.

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ultimate power i think. Vague memories at the moment. – Ankit Sharma May 21 '14 at 12:58
    
It's sloppy writing by people who don't know how to write science (or anything else). Nuclear physicists don't just invent beyond-the-cutting-edge prosthetics for the hell of it, that solve both artificial intelligence and computer-neuron interfaces in their spare time while they work out the bugs in fusion power. – John O Aug 3 '15 at 19:54
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The arms appear to be only semi-sentient, largely acting in response to Octavius' subconscious desires; especially those regarding his desire for scientific success and his need to atone for the dismal failure of his earlier experiment.

Their key symptom is to utterly remove any semblance of impulse control from the Doc, driving him to undertake acts that he would never seriously contemplate (let alone act upon) if he was fully in control of his faculties.

"You worry about too many things, Father [said the tentacles]. That is why you cannot focus. You must start at the beginning. Make one thing right, and everything else will follow. The first thing you have to do is rebuild the fusion reactor." As much as he wanted to ignore the voices, Octavius felt the need to respond. Perhaps he could argue them into going away. “Rebuild? Why? It didn't work. Peter Parker was right. I miscalculated, and now they're laughing at me.” Do not be absurd, Father. You are the great Octavius. Everyone knows it. - Spider-Man 2: A Novel

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There's a scene where the arms are clearly convincing him that he should build another one, and he isn't able to think clearly enough to realize why that is a bad idea. So I think it's more, "What's the arms' motivation?" My guess is that he built the arms in order to build the device, so when he created them, he gave them the compulsion that the device had to be completed. But I do not think it is ever outright explained in the movie.

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