A Classic Marvel Villain Will Reportedly Return In Spider-Man 3

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Spider-Man 3 is set to mix things up for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, with Doctor Strange reportedly set to succeed Tony Stark as his mentor and all manner of multiversal shenanigans in the pipeline. So far we know that Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is back, with near-constant rumors flying around of returns from other classic live-action Spidey characters. Now we’re seeing reports that one of the franchise’s biggest villains will play a key role: Norman Osborn/Green Goblin.

Fandomwire is reporting that this will specifically be the version from the 2002 movie, though given that his on-screen death went on to provide much of the dramatic tension in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 and 3 it seems unlikely that it’ll literally be the same person. The story doesn’t say whether Willem Dafoe will be getting back on the glider or not, though I’m sure he could be convinced given the right paycheque.

The source of the information is unknown and it seems a bit far-fetched to me, but then I’d have said the same thing about Jamie Foxx’s Electro making a comeback a few weeks ago. If true, this is a big hint that Spider-Man 3 is going to get really adventurous as far as crossovers go. Who knows, maybe those persistent stories about Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield climbing back into the suits might turn out to be true?

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One other wrinkle is that Norman Osborn has been previously named as a potential repeating villain in the MCU. In the comics he’s played a central role in arcs that seem ripe for an MCU adaptation, including setting up the ‘Dark Avengers’, creating his own armored suit and dubbing himself ‘Iron Patriot’.

It remains unclear whether Dafoe’s Goblin could be the official MCU take on the character or a refugee from a parallel dimension (with the ‘real’ MCU Norman Osborn still be to be unveiled), but if any of these rumors pan out we’re in for some crazy times next year.

Spider-Man 3 is currently scheduled for release on December 17, 2021.

Source: FandomWire