The Green Goblin
Green Goblin New (Raimi Series)
Name: Norman Osborn
Alias(es): Green Goblin
Affiliation: Oscorp Technologies
Rank: Villian
Spouse(s): Emily Osborn
Children: Harry Osborn
Portrayed by: Willem Dafoe
First appeared: Spider-Man
Last appeared: Spider-Man 3
Appears in: 3 Films
"The one thing they love more than a hero is to see a hero fail, fall, die trying. In spite of everything you've done for them, eventually, they will hate you."
―The Green Goblin[src]

The Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) is the main antagonist in Spider-Man. He's a fictional super villain character who appears in the Marvel comic books, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko in 1964.

He was portrayed by Willem Dafoe in the first film and featured in all three films in the Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy from 2002 to 2007.



Norman Osborn was a rich industrialist and the founder of Oscorp, which was working towards winning a contract with the military to supply weapons. He has a single son, Harry osborn and a deceased wife who apparently died in Harry's infancy.

Norman greatly appreciates Harry's best friend Peter's scientific aptitude and can barely conceal his desire that Peter Parker was his own son, causing Harry discomfort.

Meanwhile, General Slocum of the United States Army visits Oscorp to see the results of their new super soldier formula. When one of Norman's top scientists, Dr. Stromm warns him the formula is unstable, General Slocum threatens to pull all of the military's funding from Oscorp.

Later that night, Norman exposes himself to the formula as its first human trial, gains superhuman strength and agility but is driven partially insane which he kills Stromm and steals two other Oscorp inventions, an exoskeleton suit and a jet glider.

Another night, Slocum visits Quest Aerospace, Oscorp's chief competitor, to view their progress towards the contract. While viewing a demonstration of a new battlesuit, a menacing figure wearing the stolen Oscorp exoskeleton and riding the jet glider attacks a weapons test at Quest Aerospace. Their prototype is destroyed and General Slocum is killed.

Norman basks in his company's eventual success: Quest has to reorganize after the debacle that killed Slocum, Oscorp has been given more government contracts and the company's stock is soaring. He is crestfallen to learn the Board of Directors has chosen this moment to accept a buyout offer from Quest.

His insane aggression manifests itself in a split personality: the driven yet confused Norman, and the murderous, scheming villain who will soon become known as "The Green Goblin".

As The Green Goblin, he attacks Oscorp's annual Unity Day street fair and kills the Board of Directors to prevent the sell out. Then, Spider-man fights off The Green Goblin and saves the day.

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The Green Goblin attacking the Unity Day Festival.

Norman's evil side convinces him that he and Spider-Man should work together as partners. He attacks The Daily Bugle offices, threatening J. Jonah Jameson to tell him who took Spider-Man's photo's, though Jameson refused.

Spider-Man arrives and The Green Goblin uses a gas to render Spider-Man unconscious, causing the human web-slinger to fall but The Goblin catches him and takes him to a nearby New York building. The Green Goblin offers Spider-Man a chance of partnership then leaves, giving Spider-Man a few days to think over his offer of partnership.

He did warn Spider-Man the city will eventually turn against him, and that they should rule it together.Goblin stood corrected as The Daily Bugle did say Spider-Man was bad in the newspapers and wants him arrested along with goblin.

A few days later, on Thanksgiving, The Green Goblin stages a fire in an apartment building to get an answer from Spider-Man. Spider-Man refuses to join with Goblin, and the two fight. They are evenly matched although goblin uses his razor bats and gains a slight advantage. Spider-Man received a bad cut on his arm from one of The Green Goblins's razor bats.

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Despite the injury, Spider-Man gets the upper hand in hand-to-hand combat before escaping due to goblin being to strong, leaving Goblin in disappointment from Spider-Man's choice. As Norman and Peter respectively, The Green Goblin and Spider-Man are due at Peter and Harry's loft for Thanksgiving dinner.

They each race back separately. When Peter arrives to dinner with fresh blood from the cut on his sleeve, Norman then realizes that Peter is Spider-Man and hastily leaves. On his way out, he insults Harry's girlfriend Mary Jane and she leaves angrily too, hurt that Harry didn't defend her after what Norman had said.

Before his plan to finish Spider-Man, Norman contemplates with goblin saying he can't go through with it but the goblin says that Spider-Man has to be stopped. The goblin has a plan to attack Spider-Man's love one's and easily distract him and defeat him.

That night, The Green Goblin attacks Aunt May at her home, sending her to the hospital. The Green Goblin then decides to strike at Spider-Man through Mary Jane. He kidnaps her, then sabotages a trolley car along the Roosevelt Bridge.

Spider-Man arrives and The Green Goblin gives him the choice of saving either Mary Jane or the trolley car, then drops them both from the bridge. However, Spider-man manages to save both, with assistance from a passing barge and pedestrians on the bridge who pelt The Green Goblin with debris and delay him from his attempts to kill Spider-Man.

The Green Goblin, furious of Spider-Man, grabs him using a cable cord and throws him into an abandoned Smallpox hospital so no one will interfere. After Spider-Man crashes through the building, The Green Goblin throws a pumpkin bomb into the building, severely injuring and weakening him.

After hopping off his glider he reels his yellow shades back and looks at his struggling adversary trying to recover with his identity revealed from the ripped mask. The goblin shows pity on Spider-Man for betraying his proposal.

With Spider-Man injured, This gives The Green Goblin a chance to brutally beat Spider-Man, with goblin utilizing strength and agility he's easily able to fight and not even get so much as a scratch without needing weapons or bombs.

Goblin plans to make Spider-Man suffer for his betrayal despite Spider-Man's latter's attempts and effort to fight back although Spider-Man does use his web to stop the goblin but he easily rips it apart with his super strength. Then, The Goblin uses brutal punches and kicks to make Spider-Man feel pain. Then, he kicks Spider-Man to a brick wall, as Spider-Man lay defeated the goblin is ready to finish the job.


Goblin's trident

The Green Goblin nearly wins when he taunts how he will finish off Mary Jane with a painful and slow death. The goblin draws a shiny green trident and tries to use it on Spider-Man they each struggle but what goblin said about Mj enraged Spider-Man and regains his strength, stamina, and senses and viciously beats The Green Goblin into submission but stops after Norman takes off his Goblin mask.

Norman reasons with Peter that it was the serum and the evil side of him that made him turn to crime. The Green Goblin is controlling his jet glider and attempts to stab Spider-Man with it, but he leaps out of the way, since his spider-senses has been regained, just before it collides with him.

Norman is impaled and killed as a result; Before death he begs Peter not to tell Harry of his misdeeds, while Peter is left depressed due to losing a father figure and Harry's father.

Spider-Man takes Norman's body back to his penthouse apartment. He returns the Goblin gear back to Norman's secret lair. He places his body on a sofa, but Harry sees them and thus blames Spider-Man for Norman's death. At his father's funeral, he vows revenge and thanks Peter for being such a great friend.

Spider-Man 2

After Spider-Man's defeat of Green Goblin, Peter's true identity as Spider-Man is revealed to Harry. Subsequently Norman appears in a hallucination in a mirror to Harry, demanding him to seek vengance against Peter in a similar fashion to how King Hamlet haunted his son to avenge him in Shakespeare's play. Harry refuses leading to Norman calling him weak. Enraged, Harry broke the mirror, revealing the secret Goblin lair, and therefore his father's true identity.

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Norman appearing in one of Harry's mirror hallucinations.

Spider-Man 3

Six months later Norman's hallucination returns to encourage his son to again destroy Spider-Man. This time Harry acts on his father's words and dons the Oscorp gear and glider as "The New Goblin" and attacks Peter, but is knocked out and suffers from immediate memory loss, forgetting his promise to Norman for revenge.

In time, Harry has flashbacks and remembers Peter's alter-ego. He again sees his father in the mirror, telling him this time to attack Peter's heart. He threatens Mary Jane and blackmails her into breaking up with Peter, then lies that he was the one she dumped him for.

Later, Peter attacks Harry and boasted of how Norman never truly loved Harry. The Osborn's butler later tells Harry that Spider-Man was not to blame for his father's death an that the wounds were from his own glider.

He subsequently drops his father's vendetta, then aids Peter against The Sandman and Venom at the cost of his own life. Before he dies, he forgave Peter for Norman's death.

Abilities and Equipment

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Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin (Final Battle) (Extended Alternate Scene) - Spider-Man (2002) (1080p)

The Green Goblin pilots a high-tech jet glider, armed with seeking missiles and machine guns. His suit consists of green armor that cybernetic-ally connects him to his glider and weapons. He is seen using three varieties of his signature "Pumpkin Bombs": one which is a simple explosive; one that releases a bright, radioactive flash which reduces people to skeletons; and one that splits into flying, razor-bat blades.

Rather than carrying a shoulder "bag of tricks", the weapons are contained in the glider and are ejected individually out of their storage compartment when desired. His suit is armed with knockout gas that is released from the wrists.

His suit is also linked to the Goblin Glider, allowing him to control it remotely. Green goblin has superhuman strength capable of beating Spider-Man in battle using his hand to hand combat (though Spider-Man was hurt) he can also break Spider-Mans web which is like metal really easily. H

e even shows strength when he punches a wall when Spider-Man ducks in the final battle and he busted the wall completely showing his Strength of his blows. He has a shiny trident specifically to kill Spider-Man. His armor protects him from majority of injuries so he 's barely being hurt or damaged from fighting unlike Spider-Man. It's only damaged when Spider-Man brings down a brick wall which made his suit finally experience dents and scratches.


Norman Osborn is how you'd expect an everyday businessman to be: confident, appealing, powerful, and full of integrity. But there seems to be more than that. While a caring dad to Harry somehow, he completely ignores him at times and is incredibly always devoted to Oscorp.

Even though Harry apathetically thinks that Norman does anything only for himself ( which is untrue in a way), it shows that despite him being shallow and a bit heartless, he really does love his son.

He only wishes for him to walk in his footsteps which he does way later on. It's not until some point in the film where Harry tells his father about MJ and Peter's intimacy, and Norman apologizing for neglecting Harry and promising to be better that they finally get over their differences.

The Green Goblin is unlike Norman's semi-happy-nice-and caring side. Instead, it has a mind and will of its own. The origin points to the chemical drug that Norman took, which unknowingly sprung up the the malicious, delusional side of him.

Signs of Goblin controlling Norman while in public are: mocking and insulting Aunt May, bashing Mary Jane and even causing terror to his enemies or New York's lowly bystanders.

But in private, it shows that Norman is meant to be a tragic character- due to the Goblin brainwashing him to cause harm and destruction to those he thinks deserve it, creating danger for New York, wanting to hurt Spidey's allies and friends, then finally finish him off.

What makes Norman even more cooler is he owns up to his actions fully when Peter is about to kill him, but takes off his mask in guilt and shame so he can convince Peter to not damage him more.

Even though Spidey's a bit disbelieving, he clearly understands the monster Norman created. Just as the Goblin silently tries to kill him, Spidey quickly jumps out of the way when the scythe-like blades of Goblin's glider come at him almost, but unfortunately impale Norman/ Goblin to a painful death.

It's believed that since Norman passed on, so did the Goblin; not together, but metaphorically. Since Norman Osborn was good all along, he passed on. As for the Green Goblin, that's another chaotic nightmare...


The Goblin has a shiny metal green suit that's pressed and manufactured were it fits the mask and glider and the person wearing it. The mask is a goblin mask with yellow eyes and an opening for his mouth. On his left leg is a button which slides the eyes of the mask up for Goblin to see.

On his right arm is also a button for the glider to come. He has metal green layer on his arms and chest without weighing him with heavier armor. On his wrists are button's as well for the sleeping gas he used against Spider-Man. As for his abdomen, back, and legs which instead of mostly green armor it is smooth out where the wearer can move easily and not restricted.


The Green Goblin was eventually chosen to be the film's main villain as Sam Raimi felt the father-son theme between Norman and Harry would make the film deeper.

David Koepp's earlier script had Doctor Octopus as a secondary villain. Edward Norton, Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich and Robert De Niro were all offered the role of The Green Goblin but all turned it down. Willem Dafoe was eventually cast in 2000 for the part.

As Dafoe was never an intended choice to play the Green Goblin, a script fell into his possession by chance. He then began lobbying for the role and met with Sam Raimi. Sometime later, while filming a movie in Spain, Dafoe was approached and shot some test footage inside the hotel room he was staying in which led to him being cast.

Once he received the role, Dafoe asked that he be allowed to perform his own stunts so that the character and movements would feel authentic, or else the audience would notice the difference. He performed almost all of his own stunts, and unlike many of the stunt crew, learned how to handle the Goblin Glider after just fifteen minutes.

After greatly enjoying his time during filming, Dafoe offered to return for Spider-Man 2 and asked if they could write his character in somewhere, despite his character having died in Spider-Man.

Sam Raimi took him up on the offer and both of them set aside a specific day of filming on Spider-Man 2 for Dafoe to shoot Harry Osborn's mirror dream sequence. This was repeated again in Spider-Man 3.

The Green Goblin's costume was originally designed to be more bulky and armoured, but Willem Dafoe, having decided to film his own stunts, rejected it in favour of a more streamlined and athletic costume. The final outfit was composed of 580 pieces and took Dafoe half an hour to put on.

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  • Dafoe's Osborn appeared in the entire trilogy. In the first film he was the main antagonist, in the sequel he became manipulator over his son, Harry to make him avenge his demise, so that's makes him the posthomous antagonist not only in the second film but also in the third one. He wanted to manipulate Harry into attempt to kill Spider-Man.

Raimi Film Series
Films: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Gwen Stacy | Robbie Robertson | Betty Brant | Curt Connors | Flash Thompson | Dr. Stromm | Mr. Ditkovich | Ursula Ditkovich | Maximillian Fargas | Henry Balkan | Rosalie Octavius | Hoffman | Bernard Houseman | Mr. Aziz | Bonesaw McGraw
Enemies: The Green Goblin | Doctor Octopus | The Sandman | New Goblin | Venom | The Carjacker
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Technologies | Quest Aerospace | Osborn Penthouse | Goblin Lair
Video Games: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3