Spider-Man: Marvel’s Green Goblin Guide



Harry Norman / Green Golbin is Spider-Man’s most formidable enemy. Using the web crawler for countless years, the Green Goblin never seems to take a break. The most famous being played by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi Spider Man trilogy, Green Goblin makes his historic debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man: No Path Home (2021).

History of the character of the Green Goblin

Norman Osborn made his Marvel Comics debut in The Incredible Spider-Man # 14 (1963), piloting a wingless broom propelled by a steel rocket (the Goblin Glider). Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the Green Goblin is Peter Parker / Spider-Man’s nemesis.

Fueled by chemical-induced madness, the Green Goblin is Spider-Man’s most terrifying villain. Later, his son Harry Osborn took on the character and attempted to kill Spider-Man alongside Doctor Octopus and Mysterio.

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The Halloween-themed supervillain uses weapons that resemble bats, ghosts, and pumpkins. Infusing Peter Parker with nightmares from the moment he appears, the Green Goblin uses fear as his primary weapon.

Who was Green Goblin before he became a villain?

Norman Osborn, CEO and co-owner of OSCORP – a multi-billion dollar chemical sciences company – lived the high life in New York City with his son Harry Osborn. Losing his wife for natural reasons, Norman plunged into work.

Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in "Spider-Man: No Path Home" (2021) trailer
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According to Marvel Fandom:

As part owner of Oscorp, Norman Osborn, lover of wealth and power, decided to take full control and had his business partner Mendell Stromm arrested after discovering he was embezzling, granting Norman complete control of the business. making him the official CEO of Oscorp. Going through Stromm’s notes, he found a secret formula that would make him superhumanly powerful. However, her son Harry, tired of always being ignored and rejected by his father, changed the chemicals in the serum, causing him to explode in his face. Later in the hospital, Osborn found himself thinking more clearly than ever, not knowing he would slowly grow insane.

Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin "Spider Man" (2002)
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Become the Green Goblin

While attempting to unite New York’s underground criminal world with his fortune, Obsorn has by chance become the city’s most powerful crime lord.

According to the Marvel Database:

Trying to achieve power beyond his wildest dreams, Norman Osborn planned to become the most powerful gang leader of all by uniting all the independent gangs under his leadership to attempt to take control of all the crimes of New York. To prove his power and establish his reputation, he decided to choose Spider-Man as the victim of his choice, and sent two criminals, the Headsman and Scorcher, after Spider-Man. The two were strongly defeated, and then Osborn decided to take matters into his own hands. Remembering a giant green goblin monster from childhood nightmares, he created a costume that looked like this monster, and he became the “Green Goblin”.

"Spider Man" (2002)
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Becoming obsessed with defeating Spider-Man, the Green Goblin did everything from impersonating a hero in New York City by arresting gang lord Lucky Lobo to spraying Spider-Man with canceling gas that kept Parker off. to detect that the Goblin was following him.

Quickly capturing Spider-Man after that, Norman Osborn discovered Parker’s true identity.

Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin / Norman Osborn in "Spider Man" (2002)
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Marvel Fandom continues:

Capturing Spider-Man with ease, he brought him to his hiding place and revealed himself to be Norman Osborn, the father of Peter Parker’s friend.

After revealing his past, he let Spider-Man escape, in order to prove his superiority. Spider-Man managed to defeat the goblin by sending him through a bunch of disconnected high-voltage wires that were soaked in chemicals. Suffering from amnesia, Osborn lost all memory until his son was in high school. Spider-Man, satisfied with this knowledge, burned the Green Goblin costume, hoping he would never see him again.

Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's
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Green Goblin in the MCU

Earth-616 is the home ground for Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Black Widow (Scarlett) Johannson) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

Tom Holland’s current Spider-Man run ends in December with Spider-Man: No Path Home, this is the sixth and last film of his Disney-Sony contract.

Tom Holland as Spider-Man "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017)
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In the official trailer for No way home, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin is heard offscreen and a famous Halloween bombshell from his roles in the setting as Spider-Man meets villains on a New York City freeway.

Bomb Green Goblin by Norman Osborn by Willem Dafoe in "Spider-Man: No Path Home"
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After denying rumors of appearance in the new Marvel movie, Willem Dafoe actually plays Norman Osborn / Green Goblin in another Spider Man film, but this time in a new universe.

that of Sam Raimi Spider Man The trilogy is considered one of the best superhero trilogies, but the world of Tobey Maguire is not the same as that of Tom Holland.

The Green Goblin in Marvel’s New York with Holland as Spidey will be a variant – a different version of the villain spawned by the events of Loki.

Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus in "Spider-Man: No Path Home" (2021)
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Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus will join Dafoe’s Green Goblin, along with Michael Keaton’s Electro (Jaime Foxx), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and Vulture.

Willem Dafoe is the only actor to portray the iconic character in a live-action format, and every Marvel fan wouldn’t want someone else to play the legendary villain.

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Willem Dafoe to join new Marvel universe with villains from previous ones Spider Man franchises, that of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

The Green Goblin will always be considered one of Marvel’s greatest villains in history, and fans are excited to see him back on the big screen.

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