In case you were worrying that Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man sequel didn’t have enough of Spidey’s villains rumored to be appearing in it, Heat Vision now has a report confirming that the film is going to, in some way, feature the Wall-Crawler’s most hated villain of all time, unhinged industrialist Norman Osborn. According to the report, Chris Cooper (of American Beauty, Adaptation, and The Muppets fame) has signed on to play the role.
For those who have even glanced at a “Spider-Man” comic over the last fifty years or have seen Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, where this same character was played by Willem Dafoe, you know that Osborn starts off as a generic rich jerk, but eventually he experiences an accident that leaves him completely insane and with a split personality who refers to himself as The Green Goblin.
It’s not yet confirmed whether this second Amazing Spider-Man movie will yet see Cooper’s version of the character don the Goblin suit and glider, or if he’s going to just be sticking to the tailored suits of a billionaire company-head, but whether or not you think introducing the Goblin into this second movie would be moving too fast or not, I think we can all agree that once ol’ Gobby does show up, he better look a lot less like a Power Rangers villain than he did in the Raimi films. That was just, yeah, no.
Of course, it’s already been established that Dane DeHaan will be playing Peter Parker’s best friend and Osborn’s disappointment of a son, Harry, in this upcoming sequel, so that means there would definitely be an easy way to introduce dear old dad into the film without going full-on into his Goblin split and crowding out the other villains who are already confirmed to be appearing in the piece (Electro and The Rhino). Given the lessons everyone learned from Spider-Man 3, I think we can all agree that this would be the best plan of attack. Whichever way things go though, suddenly one can’t be feeling too good about the safety of the members of the Stacy family. Not too good at all.