Cancelled 'Amazing Spider-Man 3' Would Have Made Norman Osborn the Villain

Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 9:36PM
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 9:36PM
Cancelled 'Amazing Spider-Man 3' Would Have Made Norman Osborn the Villain
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Spider-Man: Homecoming ended up being a fantastic movie (just check our review), and if Sony didn't can their Amazing Spider-Man franchise with Andrew Garfield due to low profits, we may have never seen Michael Keaton's Vulture.

But we would have gotten plenty more Green Goblin. In an interview with Den of Geek, Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb reflected on the Amazing Spider-Man 3 that never happened, and Sony's many ambitious plans for their franchise. Oddly, Sony's planned Sinister Six movie would have been made before ASM 3, a bold idea that (again) never actually panned out.

But most interesting is that Green Goblin would have come back. And Webb doesn't mean Dane DeHaan, who played Harry Osborn and became a mutated Goblin character himself - he meant the real deal, Norman Osborn, even though the character died in the second film:

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"They were going to make a Sinister Six movie before we did the third one... Chris Cooper was going to come back and play the Goblin. We were going to freeze his head, and then he was going to be brought back to life. And then there was that character called The Gentleman. We had some notions about how to do it, but I think maybe we were thinking too far ahead when we started building in those things. But it was a fun exercise. I look back very fondly on those days."
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The character of "The Gentleman" that Webb mentions made some brief appearances in the other ASM movies, as a mysterious man with a mysterious hat who plays some role in assembling the Sinister Six. Vulture would have still appeared in that Sinister Six spin-off and possibly even ASM 3, alongside other regular Spider-Man rogues like Doctor Octopus, but it would have been in a much smaller role compared to Norman Osborne.

The idea of freezing Norman's head so they could resurrect him is an especially strange decision in a franchise that was full of them (others include re-showing Spidey's origin story, and only showing a brief moment of Paul Giamatti's Rhino). It would also make DeHaan's character redundant, as there would be then be two Green Goblins running around. At least Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films had the good sense to permanently kill off Willem DaFoe before making James Franco the New Goblin.

Either way, it's now unlikely that the Green Goblin will be facing off against Tom Holland's Peter Parker in the MCU. Sony bigwig Amy Pascal has said that the new Spider-Man movies will avoid villains from previous films, preferring to look into unexplored villains instead. That's how a small fry like Shocker appeared in Homecoming, and it means there's a bigger chance you'll see folks like Scorpion, Mysterio, or Kraven the Hunter in future films instead of bigger names. Although Venom is still getting his own movie without Spidey.

It's a shame that Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel ended up being so forgettable. Webb's made good movies in the past, like 500 Days of Summer, so he really didn't just get the job because of the "web" pun in his name.

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