The marketing push for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been one of the more extensive in recent memory, and while the film's final trailer was released roughly a month ago, the publicity machine isn't finished yet. We're still getting some featurettes and preview clips, and the film's writers and producers have been talking up the ways that TASM2 builds toward Fox's own attempt to spin the Spider-Man universe off into its own inter-connected film series.
The early lead-up to TASM2 mainly focused on new villain Electro (Jaime Foxx), who many fans assumed would the primary threat that Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) would face. While we know that Rhino (Paul Giamatti) comes into play as well, the inclusion of Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) was a question mark for a while, until it was revealed that DeHaan is definitely taking on the mantle of Green Goblin. Furthermore, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal has confirmed that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will directly set up the super-villain teamup spinoff Sinister Six, to be written and directed by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), with a solo outing for villain/antihero Venom to follow.
Now, an interview from MTV offers something of a nostalgic/sardonic look back on DeHaan's past hemming and hawing about just exactly how Harry Osborn fits into this incarnation of the Spidey world, along with new insights into Goblin's role in Sinister Six and the approach to this version of the villain. As for the look of this Goblin, DeHaan said:
"We went through a couple incarnations of it and ultimately tried to make it more and more organic and more real and made sure it tied in with Harry's storyline. There is still a lot of Harry in the Goblin, and we wanted to honor what the Goblin's always looked like. But we knew I couldn't be walking around in a purple skirt and tank top and a skull cap."
DeHaan's look in TASM2 is indeed a far cry from Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man, which saw Norman Osborn (a scenery-chomping Willem Dafoe) don a plastic-looking fright mask. DeHaan went on to insist the makers of this incarnation tried their best to incorporate elements of the comic book character, saying:
"We went to great lengths to make sure we honored it, and those shapes are still there. The hair is still in the same shape that the cap is in. The smile. The ear tech represents the ears. It was a process, but I'm really happy with what we came up with."
And what of the Green Goblin's involvement with the Sinister Six? When pressed for details about his character inclusion in the now-confirmed Super-Villain All-Star Jam, DeHaan deflected again, saying:
"I don't know, you know, I hope so. There's six slots. […] I don't know, I don't know anything. I have no idea. I'm just happy to be here."
So is that all we're getting on the subject? Well, DeHaan got serious and offered a real update:
"Honestly, I don't know for sure yet, but I think the chances are good and I can't wait to see the script and see, you know, my name on it."
Perhaps even more interestingly, when asked about just which of the Six might be considered the protagonist of the the film - or at least the most sympathetic of a group of blood-thirsty psychopaths - DeHaan responded:
"You always side with the villains. It's the Osborn army and I think it's building. I think people have learned to love villains in movies, they really have, and I think there will be an evil deliciousness to that movie."
If we needed any further confirmation that OsCorp is indeed behind the formation of an entire batch of super-powered bad guys, the "Osborn army" line pretty much nails that down.
The chances of this Green Goblin joining the Six sound pretty good, but we also have Venom and probably Carnage on the way as well, and maybe even the Black Cat. Expect the final super-villain team roster to remain unknown for now.
What do you think about the Goblin's redesign? Do you want to see DeHaan's Green Goblin in Sinister Six?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2nd, 2014. Sinister Six does not yet have a release date.