Spider-Man: No Way Home Green Goblin Casting Rumors And Theories - Is Willem Dafoe Back?

By Dean James

August 24, 2021

Following the release of the first trailer for the film, the internet is rife with discussion about the Spider-Man: No Way Home Green Goblin casting and whether or not there is a major fan favorite returning.

Everyone has known for a while that Spider-Man: No Way Home was going to be a wild movie with the rumors that have been swirling for a couple of years now, which were given even more credence after it was confirmed that Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx were returning as Doc Ock and Electro respectively.

With those castings, people immediately were clamoring for the return of Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, from the first Spider-Man film. While it is not confirmed, the latest trailer gives us even more reason to believe he is going to be returning in the new movie.

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SPIDER-MAN: No Way Home | Official Teaser Trailer

SPIDER-MAN: No Way Home | Official Teaser Trailer

No Way Home Green Goblin Rumors

Marvel Studios and Sony decided to try some new things with their first two MCU Spider-Man films by having Vulture and Mysterio as the villains rather than say using Green Goblin for the third time on screen.

Then came the news that Molina and Foxx were returning, which instantly gravitated towards people speculating if Dafoe would be returning as Green Goblin as well. While there was no confirmation from major Hollywood trade journals like there was with the other two, there were certainly many reports of Dafoe being on set for the movie.

These reports later escalated to say that even more former villains from the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield films were going to be returning, so it would have been very disappointing for that to be potentially happening without Dafoe being involved.

The rumors further intensified around the same time as the trailer leak a day ahead of the official release, where supposed images of Dafoe, Molina, and Foxx from the movies popped up. However, these were not from trailers, but seemingly from the set in some form, as they were not in the trailer and you could see the unfinished CG in the tentacles for Doc Ock. Even so, there is nothing to prove that these images are legitimate to this point, so they are nothing more than adding more fuel to the fire.

If this leaked image is real, it would seem that Green Goblin will have a new look this time around. In the supposed image, there is a purple hood around part of him that would indicate perhaps a more traditional look than the “Power Rangers villain” look from the first movie.

First Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Confirms Green Goblin

Now this brings us back to the release of the first teaser trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home that released today. At the 2:27 mark of the trailer, we see an exact replica of the type of Pumpkin Bombs that were used in the first Raimi film with Green Goblin.


That is not all though, as the bomb popping up and exploding is accompanied by what is almost certainly Dafoe’s Green Goblin laugh. Considering how iconic this laugh was in the original, it would be hard to mistake here unless they are really trying to mess with us.

With all of the prior rumors and now actually seeing the Pumpkin Bomb and hearing the laugh in the official trailer, it is feeling very likely that Dafoe will be reprising his role in the movie. It is not a certainty at this point, but it seems unlikely they would tease us like this and not actually deliver.

How Are Dead Villains Returning?

As we already saw in the trailer, Dr. Strange will be casting a spell to erase the memory of everyone around the world from knowing that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, but it goes awry and caused multiverse shenanigans to pop up. Mixing this with what we’ve already seen in Loki and Wandavision, the multiverse is in full effect and it really is starting in this film.

The trailer outright showed us Molina showing up as Doc Ock looking younger than he is in real life. This goes along with what Molina had talked about with them de-aging him to where he looked like he did in Spider-Man 2 using the same tech Marvel used to de-age Samuel L. Jackson in Captain Marvel.

Some rumors had stated the multiverse was pulling villains from right before they died in some cases, which would explain how Doc Ock is still alive and the same age as a movie that originally released in 2004. In that case, it would be assumed that the same would go for Dafoe’s Green Goblin as well.

Since it seems Dafoe’s return is all but confirmed, it will be interesting to see when they decide to actually reveal it for the first time. This trailer showed off Doc Ock, but only gave us teases of any other returns. There are also the all but confirmed returns of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield that would likely make a trailer at some point, so we’ll have to wait and see how Sony and Marvel Studios handle it in the lead up to the release of the film.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to release exclusively in theaters on December 17, 2021.

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Dean James

Dean has been a lifelong gamer ever since he got an SNES as his first game system and has continued to stay passionate about gaming ever since. He has always had a soft spot for most anything Nintendo, especially related to The Legend of Zelda and Mario series. Beyond that, he loves a variety of different games across all platforms, ranging from RPGs like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts to sports titles like MLB The Show.

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