There’s been so much shown from Amazing Spider-Man 2 already that we can’t help but wonder if we’re all being led down a merry path of misdirection.
The teaser photo with the gun and transformation chamber certainly hinted that Harry could’ve pulled the trigger on old Norman (who is seen bed-ridden and dying in the trailer), leaving the son to inherit the father’s kingdom (and mad curse). However, Cooper’s words about the future for Norman in the next installment certainly contradict any theory that Norman Osborn dies in Amazing Spider-Man 2, leaving us right back where we started: confusion about what DeHaan’s arc will be in the series, with potential for him to still step into the Venom role.
We could very well be getting reveals of the Harry Goblin now, because it’s not the major direction the character will go in. What we’ve already seen is a little too close for comfort to James Franco’s Goblin from Spider-Man 3; the “Bowie Goblin” could easily be a “starter Goblin” that Spider-Man defeats, leading Norman to become the full-fledged gene-spliced monster from the Ultimate Spider-Man continuity, while Harry finds another avenue of power in the Venom symbiote – as teased in that image director Marc Webb posted on DeHaan’s twitter page, depicting a unquestionable Venom easter egg from the comics.
A story thread with a Harry Osborn Venom would make the drama much more involved (the Peter / Harry / Norman triangle is some of the richest Spider-Man lore); although it would lead to two HUGE complaints:
- Those who feel that Venom can ONLY be sleazy reporter Eddie Brock will be outraged – even though Harry-Venom was a move Marvel itself has already made.
- Those who feel that DeHaan is not physically built enough to play Venom will be peeved – even though the actor is a good body match for the slim Andrew Garfield (and a great acting match).
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At this point nothing is at all certain (as this franchise is proving everyday), so all of this (or none of it) could indeed be in the cards. Our editor Rob Keyes has maintained that the future installments will see the introduction of Venom (whomever plays him), and then Spidey and Venom teaming up to fight together in that Sinister Six movie, before Venom swings off into his own franchise (listen to our discussion on all that and more, HERE). If that’s going to be the case, then there is perhaps even more motivation for the filmmakers to keep the major roles contained within the casting circle they’ve already built, since trying to introduce, say, Eddie Brock, his Venom origin, and get him into a solo film all within a few installments would be MUCH trickier than simply developing DeHaan’s character over the course of a couple films.
There was no answer to be found by talking to DeHann himself; I did so at Comic-Con 2013, and asked him point blank about The Goblin AND Venom. You can check out his coy responses for yourself:
All we know for sure, right now, is that Spider-Man movie universe is getting more crowded by the day. With three villains in this next film, teases of Doc Ock and Vulture – and many other characters – already leaking out, and Venom and potential second Goblin to come as well, Spidey will definitely have his hands full, one way or another.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.