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There Are RUMORS That Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin Will Be The Main Villain In ‘No Way Home’

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Despite Disney’s best efforts, the very multiverse-shattering nature of Spider-Man: No Way Home has made it nearly impossible for Marvel Studios to keep casting details a secret. Back in April, for example, Alfred Molina — who iconically portrayed Doc Ock in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 — straight up confirmed his role in the film, the de-aging process and all.


And that was *after* that Benedict Cumberbatch would be appearing as Doctor Strange, in addition to Jamie Foxx as . Further rumors have Charlie Cox’s Daredevil (from the Netflix series) to the film, in addition to, of course, both Andrew Garfield’s and Tobey Maguire’s (sorry, but I refuse to use “Spider-Men”, except for right now, which doesn’t count because I’m explaining myself). Insanity, I know, but we aren’t done yet.


According to a recent rumor from Collider, one of the most iconic characters from Spider-Man movies past, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin from the original Sam Raimi-directed film, will be the MAIN villain of No Way Home. Remember, now, this is just a rumor, albeit from a relatively credible source.


Jeff Sneider revealed on his podcast , that he’s heard Green Goblin is the main villain of Spider-Man 3 and is “pretty sure” this information is accurate. He went on to say Green Goblin is one of six villains in the movie and the movie’s title is a reference to the villains from other dimensions not having a way home. However, he also cautioned to take this all with a grain of salt for the time being. [via 


With Alfred Molina that his Doc Ock will be the same version that fans saw in Spider-Man 2, the same will likely be true for Dafoe’s Norman Osborne, should he appear. Osborne’s survival will be a little more difficult to retcon, as his death was far more explicit than that of Otto Octavius, who was last seen sinking to the bottom of the East River.



Perhaps most tantalizing of all is that Molina also confirmed — yup, he was really blabbin’, gotta imagine Marvel wasn’t thrilled with that — Doc Ock’s story will be picking up from that very moment.


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As for how, exactly, the Marvel Cinematic Universe plans to fit all these pieces together, only time will tell, as something this ambitious has simply not been attempted in live-action comic book filmmaking. Even Avengers: Endgame, despite how behemoth it was, consisted of characters from a singular universe. If the rumors about No Way Home are true, Marvel and Sony will be attempting to bridge three different universes across 20 years of storytelling. If anyone could pull it off, though…


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