Spider-Man: No Way Home opened a pandora’s box worth of memories from the first two Spider-Man sagas, making many fans look back at those movies in a different light and that includes artists who are happy to give characters like the Green Goblin some pretty inspired makeovers.
The Green Goblin has always been one of Spider-Man’s biggest foes in Marvel Comics, however, the original cartoonish design never made the jump to film instead making way for Willem Dafoe’s modernized masterful portrayal of Norman Osborn. Naturally, James Franco succeeded his on-screen father by taking up his glider in divisive Spider-Man 3, only for fellow Harry Osborn Dane DeHaan to later do the same in the much-maligned The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
In this case, the latter is the one serving as inspiration for artist Skull101ify (@skull101ify) to give him a proper comic book look that is a far cry from his appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The final render keeps of all DeHaan’s distinctive facial features, but swaps the decayed and mutated skin for the bright green complexion that’s been associated with the character ever since he made his debut in 1964, pointy goblin ears and all, as well as his signature purple clothing.
Prior to Dafoe’s confirmed return as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home, DeHaan had been asked by reporters if he would have been interested in reprising his role, with the actor mostly dismissing the idea. Although he didn’t discard the possibility of playing more comic book characters in the future, DeHaan did feel he’d just rather do something new despite how fun playing Harry Osborn was back then.
DeHaan’s Green Goblin has obviously gone down as second best to Dafoe’s, especially now that the latter came back to become No Way Home’s best villain as if not a single day had gone by ever since he put on his metallic green suit. On the other hand, DeHaan’s character is part of what is widely considered one of the weakest Spider-Man movies ever made, with a character design that seems directly tied to the aesthetics villains from The Amazing Spider-Man had.
It’s clear feelings among The Amazing Spider-Man actors range widely, with leading man Andrew Garfield coming back in No Way Home out of his sheer love for the franchise, and even Jamie Foxx’s Electro doing the same to get the kind of redesign DeHaan could have perhaps benefited from. Don’t count on seeing this Green Goblin in any live-action multiverse though.
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