‘Amazing Spider-Man’ 2 & 3: Chris Cooper Hints at Norman Osborn Green Goblin

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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 2leaving 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.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:


READ: Dane DeHaan Talks Harry Osborn


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.

Source: Moviefone

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  1. Hopefully Flash will be Venom. They introduced him early and brought the character more life than Raimi’s. Flash and Peter already have a stronger relationship.

    • I agree. I’d like to see the Flash military version of Venom on the big screen.

      • Hell yeah! Bcuz in this movie, time has passed and Peter’s in College. Now they can reference that Flash has joined the military.

  2. Man, I want Hypno Hustler. And Scorpion, he’s been long overdue for this series.

    • We all know that Cooper’s Norman Osborne is actually the Hypno-Hustler. That’s why they went with the Jamie Foxx version of Electro…to control the fallout of the Hypno-Hustler twist.

      • Aaaaaaawwwwwwwww sh*t. If only.

  3. Cooper finally becomes the Goblin as he steps out of the “mist” as psychobNorman it is a younger actor hair slicked back. As he looks up he straightens his tie. You see John Hamm as Normans “enchanced” enhanced self. Im purely writting this cause I want Hamm as Osborn/Goblin lol.

  4. I think that Harry dies in this movie, and Norman, full of rage for Spiderman, takes a stronger dose of the Goblin serum his son took and becomes the ULTIMATE version of Green Goblin, which he get to see in a post credit scene, at least a hint of him doing so.

    ASM3 will have him (with the other members of the Sinister Six) going up against Spider Man (and maybe Spiderman gets a friend to help him out? Agent Venom aka Flash Thompson? Eddie Brock Venom? Black Cat? Spiderman clone? IDK?)

    • That would be the most logical way to go without making Harry venom. Cause yea he was venom, But I rather see Eddie brock as venom so maybe just maybe they can add a carnage spin off later down the road. :D

  5. Still not giving up on the Harry/Venom theory I see. Kudos for making a bold prediction, but I don’t think it holds much anymore since the trailer and all the teasers have cone out.

  6. I had this thought while reading page one of the article and assumed page two would have a theory of Harry’s Goblin being seen as a failure, thus putting father and son at odds with each other when Norman decides to become the Goblin himself to do what his son couldn’t.

    I’d still like to eventually see Eddie Brock (maybe bring Anti-Venom to the big screen?) and Flash Thompson get their due as Venom too.

    I also can’t understand the complaints about Rhino’s mech suit. It makes sense that a Russian would be in a huge Soviet tank style vehicle and Giamatti himself said it’s only phase one of the Rhino look, meaning he could eventually find himself inside a bipedal mech suit similar to the loader from Aliens but with more versatility and agility.

  7. am I seriously the only one who doesn’t give a toss about Venom?

    • Probably.

      I mean, Venom is to Spiderman what Joker is to Batman and General Zod is to Superman. His dark half. His opposite number. The “what if?”.

      What’s not to like about that?

      • I want to see the Eddie Brock Venom

        • Me too.

          • me three

      • The what if of batman is hush

    • Tossity-toss #2! I am not a Venom fan, either. Would rather see Mysterio and Scorpion.

  8. sorry if i offend any Spidey fans but they need to drop Green Goblin…it’s a ridiculous character, i understand he is central to Spidey but come on

    • Green Goblin’s cool but I agree largely due to the fact that he was in all 3 of Raimi’s movies to an extent. They should have done the Jackal or some other underrated Spidey villain.

  9. Hmm… how ’bout Norman Osborn as Venom? Think about it, instead of Peter & Eddie Brock’s fathers developing the symbiote suit to cure cancer (like in the Ultimate comics line), Oscorp gets their hands on some of Peter’s DNA to fashion one for Norman in his frail condition (cue fanboys getting irked at the notion).

  10. I like these ideas, but they should tease more. Stop hinting so much, and just tease. Hint hint hint, teasy teasy tease. Don’t give out info of any kind, because we’re all herd mentality idiots LOL.
    Hint in the article, tease in the trailer, and if you are Mikey Bay, just lie through your teeth. Just make it easy on yourselves, and send them your money without leaving home. Saves time, trouble, and may save you that two or three extra IQ points as well.

    Nope. Probably not. Can’t wait for the next hinty tease!

  11. Who ever said that that was a Venom easter egg in that twitter pic? Does anyone else realize that it could ve been an easter egg for just Doc Ock!?

  12. This movie is getting way too crowded.
    Dehaan doesnt even look like a Goblin. They should cast David Bowie for that role.
    Instead of Electro, Rhino, or Venom I think they should use Typeface, Big Wheel, and Kangaroo.

  13. I would LOVE Vin Diesel, with hair ofc, as Venom. Same kind of personality, body, voice.. Just that.. DeHann as Green Goblin pls!!

  14. Can’t quite picture either the Sinister Six carrying a movie (who wold they fight? The ice cream vendor, pizza delivery man, and newspaper boy if there were no super-heroes in the neighborhood) or Venom carrying their own movie. Would like to eventually see Scorpion and Mysterio tho.

  15. I’ll give you a “Goblin”! I am currently gonna be “gobblin’” a couple big delicious sandwiches I have sitting on a plate on the desk right here in front of me!

  16. Cooper mentioned that this isn’t Norman’s beginning but his introduction. What if Norman was already the Goblin pre Spiderman and that’s why he’s sick. He was looking rather green in the trailer. That would then make Harry the second Goblin. Heck for all we know Peter’s parents could have died at the hands of a glider riding Goblin Norman Osborn in that plane crash. Makes sense if you think about it. I mean why is Norman so sick in the first place? Perhaps toxic goblin serum

  17. I honestly think everyone’s overthinking this. It may just be that Norman as a character is introduced on his death bed, but that the majority of his scenes will be in the third Amazing Spider-Man movie, in flashbacks covering Peter’s parents’ backstory.

  18. I would love to see Venom but only so they could introduce the far superior Carnage later on


    • Aren’t they supposed to cameo Jim Carrey somewhere in here also??? I do vividly recall hearing about this.

      • That was barely a rumor. Venom won’t be appearing for a couple years so it’s doubtful that they have an actor picked for Carnage.

  19. They may have their eyes on some actors to portray certain roles we won’t see for 2, 3, or 4 years from now. That is if they EVER make to film after sometimes things not “working out”. You never know I guess…

  20. I always find it funny when people complain about too many characters in a comic book movie. It’s like people have Attention Deficit Disorder or something. If people complain about too many heroes or villains in any movie, how in the world will they be able to focus while watching group films, like X-men, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Justice League? Just don’t go, or watch WWE if you’re looking for a one on one confrontation.

    • In fact, a cool Venom movie could involve Eddie Brock as an investigative reporter investigating the Sinister 6 when he stumbles upon the symbiote. Spidey shows up at the end of the movie when Venom is fighthing them. Spidey does something to piss off Venom and BAM there starts the famous hatred Venom has of Spidey.

  21. How cool would it be to see Flash Thompson step out to help Spidey by punching GG in the face with a few good hits. Flash was a boxer!