Doctor Norman Virgil Osborn is a scientist and CEO of Oscorp. Once he experimented on himself with an incomplete enhancement serum, Osborn developed an alternate identity, the Green Goblin. With Green Goblin in control, he fought Spider-Man, until he perished by being impaled with his Goblin Glider. However, Green Goblin found himself alive and transported through the Multiverse due to Doctor Strange's failed spell. Lost in an unfamiliar reality, Osborn retook control of his mind, seeking refuge from Spider-Man, who sought to cure Osborn and the other multiversal villains. However, Green Goblin retook control and murdered May Parker. In a final battle on the Statue of Liberty, Green Goblin had a showdown with Spider-Man, who attempted to get revenge for May's death, but was saved by Green Goblin's native Spider-Man. Green Goblin was then given anti-serum, eradicating Green Goblin from within Osborn's mind, before he was returned to his home universe.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 Multiversal Crisis
- 1.2.1 Brought to Another Universe
- 1.2.2 Arguing with Green Goblin
- 1.2.3 Meeting May and Peter Parker
- 1.2.4 Learning of His Fate
- 1.2.5 Imprisoned at the New York Sanctum
- 1.2.6 Staying at Happy Hogan's Condominium
- 1.2.7 Battle at Happy Hogan's Condominium
- 1.2.8 Battle at Liberty Island
- 1.2.9 Getting Cured
- 2 Personalities
- 3 Powers and Abilities
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Facilities
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Behind the Scenes
- 9 References
- 10 External Links
Becoming Green Goblin
Norman Osborn was a famous scientist, being the founder and CEO of Oscorp which specialized in military research. He also became the father of Harry Osborn. Norman's company was suffering due to him not meeting the deadline for a powerful yet unstable formula for a performance enhancer, which was supposed to give enhanced strength to individuals.
In desperation, Osborn took the formula himself, which increased his strength to superhuman levels, but he began to develop a dissociative identity disorder, which manifested in the chaotically sadistic psychopath known as Green Goblin. Green Goblin became the first great enemy of Spider-Man. Osborn eventually found out Spider-Man's real name was Peter Parker, Harry's best friend. In their final battle, he was accidentally impaled and killed by his own Goblin Glider. The news eventually informed of Osborn's demise fighting Spider-Man while outing him as Green Goblin, which was heard by his friend Otto Octavius, and Flint Marko.
Brought to Another Universe
In 2024 of another universe, Doctor Strange tried to cast a Runes of Kof-Kol to make everyone forget his Peter Parker was Spider-Man. However, when the spell failed, it brought people who were aware of any Peter Parker as Spider-Man from those universes to theirs. As time was scrambled, people who were originally dead in their universes were brought alive to this one, one of those being Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. Upon entering the other universe, Osborn was under the control of Green Goblin as he attacked the Alexander Hamilton Bridge by throwing a Pumpkin Bomb in the middle of the bridge.
Riding the Goblin Glider, a cackling Green Goblin flew out of the smoke to reveal himself to Doctor Octopus and this universe's Spider-Man. He flew his glider towards them, but Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus were teleported away by Strange. Green Goblin later flew near a military research facility outside of New York City and he was witnessed by a few people.
Arguing with Green Goblin
After retaking control of his body and mind from Green Goblin, Osborn became scared and confused, as he found himself lost in a New York City he did not recognize. However, Green Goblin was quick to realize that he and Osborn were in another world. Unfortunately, much to Green Goblin's dismay, Osborn doesn't want to cause further harm as his alternate identity. Osborn then retreated to an alleyway, where he desperately tried to hide the Goblin Glider under trash.
However, the Green Goblin alter started taunting Osborn, causing him to turn around and see his mask. Green Goblin told him that they had a new world to conquer and that Osborn's helplessness made him sick. Trembling in fear, Osborn begged Green Goblin to leave him alone, as the latter claimed that he is hiding from who he truly is and cannot escape himself. Frightened, Osborn grabbed a rock to smash the helmet into pieces and ran off, as Green Goblin's cackling laughter echoed around him.
Meeting May and Peter Parker
Seeking help and refuge, Osborn wandered into a F.E.A.S.T. Community Center after seeing Spider-Man in an ad, believing he was his Peter Parker. He met Spider-Man's aunt May Parker, who brought him to the kitchen and gave him ill-fitting clothes from the donation bin to wear over his armor along with a box of donuts and coffee. Later on, this universe's Spider-Man frantically arrived in the kitchen and found a disoriented Osborn having coffee with May, who introduced him as her nephew. Osborn told the confused teenager that he wanted to find his Spider-Man for help, but was surprised to see that he wasn't his Peter Parker.
A fragile Osborn explained to the Parkers his other reason for coming to F.E.A.S.T. was that he didn't know where else to go because someone was taking residence at his address, and there was no such thing as Oscorp or Harry Osborn in this universe. Osborn then tells the Parkers about his alternate identity and how he can't remember his previous actions every time he's in control of him. He also told them that he didn't know what was going on with him and May calmed him down.
Trusting this universe Peter Parker, Osborn goes with Spider-Man to the New York Sanctum with May dropping them off in a F.E.A.S.T. truck. The two headed for the basement, where Spider-Man introduced him to his friends, but Osborn corrected Peter to call him "Doctor Osborn" instead of "Mr. Osborn". He learned that Spider-Man's friends were named Ned Leeds and MJ. Recognizing the initials, Osborn asked MJ if her name stood for Mary Jane, only for to be clarified that her name was Michelle Jones.
Learning of His Fate
Fascinated by the new universe, Osborn approached the cells that were holding the universe-displaced villains, such as Lizard, Doctor Octopus, Electro, and Sandman. Realizing that Doctor Octopus looked familiar to him, Osborn approached his cell then immediately recognized him as his friend and fellow scientist Otto Octavius. Osborn called out to Octavius as he turned around to his direction, as they were stunned to see each other. However, Osborn was more suprised to see four mechanical appendages on Octavius' back and asked his friend what happened to him.
Unfortunately, Osborn wasn't given an answer from his friend then became confused when Doctor Octopus told him that he had died in their universe. Hearing Doctor Octopus' accusation and realizing that he isn't Otto Octavius, Osborn believed that his friend had gone insane. Osborn was then defended by Spider-Man, who overheard their conversation, as he told Doctor Octopus that he isn't dead. However, Osborn and Spider-Man were told by Sandman, who happened to be from his and Octavius' universe, that what Doctor Octopus was saying is true as the scientist is supposed to be dead.
Also, Osborn, Doctor Octopus, and Parker found out from Sandman that the two scientists both died while fighting their Spider-Man, much to their shock. Hearing this information, Osborn looked at Spider-Man to see if this was true, but Peter was just as shocked as he was. Osborn was then informed by Sandman that Green Goblin died by being impaled by the Goblin Glider, and this information sank into him, which led him to realize that if he were to be sent back to his universe, he would have to meet his dark fate.
Imprisoned at the New York Sanctum
Osborn then witnessed Doctor Strange appear in the basement and was teleported to a cell by him, after seeing the scientist, much to his shock. After Strange explained to everyone in the room that he would use the Macchina di Kadavus to reverse Spider-Man's corrupted spell and send the Multiversal travelers back home, Osborn, knowing he would die, begged to be let out of his cell then called out to Peter for help. As Strange prepared the Macchina, Osborn was reacting nervous and uneasy, but Spider-Man took the Macchina from Strange and started the Battle for the Macchina di Kadavus.
Osborn later witnessed Spider-Man return to the basement with the Macchina, after he trapped Strange in the Mirror Dimension. Also, Osborn listened to Spider-Man intentions to help him and the other villains be free of their afflictions by fixing what happened to them so that when they return to their home universes, they wouldn't die fighting their versions of Spider-Man. In addition, Osborn was intrigued to hear that the technology in this universe's was advanced.
Wanting to help the villains, especially his friend Otto Octavius, and be free of his Green Goblin identity, Osborn offered his assistance to Spider-Man, saying that he’s something of a scientist himself, a statement he told to his Peter Parker when they first met. While Peter’s friends were getting ready to leave the basement, Osborn and the rest of the villains were set free from their cells by Spider-Man, who then called his aunt May in order to pick the group up.
Staying at Happy Hogan's Condominium
Osborn traveled with Spider-Man, May and the group of villains to a condominium owned by a friend of the Parkers. Upon arriving, Osborn checked out a robot hand and curiously tried to see how it worked. Osborn then followed Parker to the back room, after he decided to work on curing Doctor Octopus first, with Electro and May not too far behind them. Seeing another advanced technology that he hasn't seen before, Osborn asked Spider-Man what he just unveiled and he explained to him that its a fabricator and what it does.
After Spider-Man discovered Octavius' issue, Osborn was told by Parker that his friend had a chip on the back of his neck that was designed to protect his mind from the A.I. system within his tentacles. However, Osborn was informed by Parker that Octavius' current chip was fired and the tentacles were controlling him. Understanding his friends situation, Osborn helped Parker construct a new chip for Otto Octavius through the fabricator.
Seeing the same characteristics and intelligence that his Peter Parker has in his younger counterpart, Osborn tells the young teenager, who was finishing up the new inhibitor chip for Doctor Octopus, how remarkable the technology and himself were. Osborn also tells Parker that he would love to have him come work for him if he was willing to commute to another universe. Once the chip was finished, Osborn and Parker were pleased that it worked, as he happily watched the young teenager take the chip and ran to the living room to show his aunt.
After following Parker to the living room, Osborn assured Doctor Octopus that Peter's plan will work and have faith, but was brushed off when he reminded him of his actions that caused the existences of his Green Goblin alter. Osborn then watched Parker put the new chip onto the back of Doctor Octopus' neck, as he kept resisting him until Spider-Man grabbed his head to hold him still. However, after the chip was installed to the back of Doctor Octopus' neck, Osborn became concern when he blacked out, but was relived when he woke up and that the chip worked in restoring his mind.
Wanting to be sure if it was Otto Octavius and not Doctor Octopus, Osborn called out to his friend, which Octavius heard and assured him that he was back to his old self again, much to his relief. Later, after helping Peter construct a cure for Electro and Lizard, Osborn was working on an anti-serum for himself where he had a short conversation with Octavius, who decided to help him and Peter, as he asked him how it was going to feel to be whole again and no longer have the Green Goblin alter. Hearing this, Osborn turns around to Octavius and gives him a slight smile of the feeling of getting rid of Green Goblin for good.
However, when Spider-Man had sensed something was wrong through his Spider-Sense, Osborn and Octavius became worried, as they followed him to the living room. Although, little did the group know, Osborn was being taken over by Green Goblin again. Osborn goes by the Dum-E and U, while Green Goblin attempted to remain undetected. Unfortunately, Green Goblin's attempt failed, after Spider-Man discovered him taking over Osborn's mind, as he webbed his hand to the Dum-E and U. Realizing that he had been caught, Green Goblin comes out and comments Spider-Man's Spider-Sense, which got Octavius, Spider-Man and Aunt May to realize that Norman Osborn's alter ego is the one talking and not Osborn himself.
Green Goblin taunts the Parkers and Octavius for thinking that he was gonna let them alongside Norman Osborn remove him from the scientists mind and take away his powers. Also, Green Goblin convinced the rest of the uncured villains to turn on Spider-Man, claiming that he and the other villains are "gods" that can do as they please and determine their own fates without needing to be tied down by moral compulsions, which led Electro and Sandman in retreating while Lizard breaks out of the truck he was in, and Octavius being forced to escape, after he tried to stop the villains from leaving, just as J. Jonah Jameson and his The Daily Bugle crew arrived.
Once the rest of the group of villains retreated the area, Green Goblin stayed to fight Spider-Man, as he smashed and slammed him through the floors of the building while laughing and taunting the young Spider-Man, while May grabbed the latter's antidote and ran. Green Goblin continued to slam Spider-Man through several more floors of the apartment building and brings them down to the main floor level.
After having Spider-Man at his mercy, Green Goblin was ready to kill the latter, but May saved her nephew and attempted to inject him with the Anti-Goblin Serum, but it did not work. Green Goblin then used his Goblin Glider to fatally strike May before making his escape and firing Pumpkin Bombs at the news crew and officers outside and blowing up Spider-Man as well, killing several people, including the latter's aunt.
Later, Goblin arrived at the Statue of Liberty, flying in on his glider and sending Razor Bats out at Doctor Strange, Otto Octavius, and the three Spider-Men, after they succeeded in curing Electro, Lizard and Sandman. In the confusion, Green Goblin grabbed the Macchina di Kadavus and placed one of his Pumpkin Bombs inside it without anyone noticing.
However, before he could leave, Green Goblin was stopped by Octavius with his tentacles while Strange used an Eldtrich whip to take the Macchina back. Green Goblin used his glider to destroy one of Octavius' tentacles and watched as the bomb inside of it detonated, which unleashed the unstable spell, and causing the scaffolding around the Statue to break down. When Peter Parker leaped down to rescue Michelle Jones, who had fallen, Green Goblin intercepted him with his glider, knocking him away from saving Jones. An enraged Parker then used one of his Pumpkin Bombs to destroy his glider, resulting in the Green Goblin and Spider-Man crashing onto the collapsed Captain America's Shield.
Recovering from the crash, Green Goblin taunted Spider-Man for being too weak to send him home to die. Spider-Man, however, retorted that he merely wanted to kill Green Goblin himself. Delighted to have sent Spider-Man over the edge by killing his aunt, Green Goblin was ruthlessly attacked and beaten by Spider-Man, who then attempted to pierce him with his own Goblin Glider, similar to his intended death in his universe.
However, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man narrowly saved him from a merciless execution, and Green Goblin's response was to stab his savior in the side and proceed to mock and taunt Spider-Man about being responsible for his aunt's death to the very last. Green Goblin then let out one last cackle at Spider-Man just as Amazing Spider-Man threw him the Anti-Goblin Serum. Parker then stuck him in the neck with the cure, removing the Green Goblin alter from Osborn's psyche for good. Once returned to his senses, Osborn was surprised to see Parker all bloodied up before turning to his left-hand side and seeing his native Spider-Man lying in pain from his injury.
Horrified, he inquired Parker about what he had done as Green Goblin, but he would not get a response back as Parker was blinded with his hatred for his alter ego. For the remainder of his time in this universe, Osborn quietly sat by himself and observed the sunrise while reflecting on his actions, ignoring the three Spider-Men who were beside him celebrating their victory. Soon after, Doctor Strange cast a spell that erased everyone in that universe's knowledge of Parker's existence, which also led Osborn, Otto Octavius, Flint Marko, and their Spider-Man to be sent back to their home universe, with Osborn's fate completely changed.
- "Hiding in the shadows. Hiding from who you truly are!"
"You can't escape yourself!"
- ―Green Goblin and Norman Osborn[src]
Osborn dedicated much of his time at his company developing and researching technology, much to the neglect of his family's needs. His inner lust for power was exacerbated when he consumed an unstable experimental serum he had developed, and thus he developed an alter with sadistic tendencies and a twisted sense of humor. The two identities are torn over who controls Osborn's body, with Green Goblin often winning control.
Also, they both developed an interest in the main reality Peter Parker, but for different reasons, as Osborn took a shine to his boundless intelligences and kindness, while Green Goblin was fascinated by his powers, even going to the point of trying to corrupt him and turn him into something he's not, which he almost succeeded if not for his native Spider-Man.
Norman Osborn's Personality
- "Leave me alone. Please."
- ―Norman Osborn to Green Goblin[src]
When the Green Goblin alter was not in control, Osborn is shown to have guilt and remorse for his actions as his alter ego, especially if it hurts those he loves and cares about. Osborn even feared Green Goblin as he was tormented enough by him that he shattered the helmet projecting the latter's image and tried to get as far away from him as possible. Also, Osborn wanted his Green Goblin alter gone for good and would take any chances to be rid of him as he took upon the main reality Peter Parker's offer to help him.
At first, Osborn was unaware of being in another universe as he became frightened and lost, after he discovered that someone else lives at his home and his company or Harry Osborn don't exist. However, after meeting the Parkers of this universe and was explained of his situation, Osborn seemed to have become excited to find out that the Multiverse was real and intrigued to know the existences of magic, especially the spell that brought him into this universe. Osborn was even amazed by the advanced technology in the main reality and notices the possibilities when he sees what was manufactured by Stark Industries. Also, after witnessing the main reality Peter Parker construct a new inhibitor chip for Otto Octavius, Osborn was fascinated by his skills with the Stark Industries Fabricator and was impressed enough to offer him a position at Oscorp should he be able to migrate to his universe.
Although he's been described as greedy and misguided to those who know him, such as Otto Octavius, Osborn deep down is truly a helpful, kind, polite, and well-meaning person. Also, Osborn genuinely cares about his friends, especially the Parkers and Octavius, and his son Harry Osborn, his only family. Osborn has genuine fondness and trust in his Peter Parker, as shown when he tried to find him and ask him for help in removing his Green Goblin alter. Osborn also showed those same feelings towards the main reality Peter Parker.
Green Goblin's Personality
The Green Goblin alter was perhaps Osborn's worst traits heightened to an unrecognizable degree. Unhinged, he took pleasure in inflicting physical and psychological torture on anyone impeding his goals, especially Spider-Man, whose selfless morals he greatly despised and tended to mock. It had a tendency to revel itself within the chaos and carnage it created throughout its control over Osborn's body. The Green Goblin alter also had a deep megalomaniacal streak, seeing himself and others like him as gods believing that they should take what they want.
Green Goblin's insane personality had the likes to draw out sadistic urges from the likes of Spider-Man, who was going to kill him before he decided to do better and remove the Green Goblin alter from Osborn instead, as he understood that the alter was to blame for his actions and the scientist himself was innocent. Green Goblin is an extremely manipulative being, who is willing to cross any lines in order to make his greatest enemy, Spider-Man, break his morals.
In addition, Green Goblin couldn't stand Norman Osborn because of his cowardliness and good characteristics. However, Green Goblin believed himself to be the real Osborn, as he told him that he was hiding his real self in the shadows, which frightened the latter, who smashed his mask when he had enough of his words. Despite this, Green Goblin still used Osborn as he went to hide deep beneath his mind when he refused to go along with him and only came out of hiding when he, Octavius, and Spider-Man were close to riding him from the latter for good.
Powers and Abilities
- Artificially Enhanced Physiology: Osborn experimented on himself with a performance-enhancing gas, heightening his physical attributes to superhuman levels but left him violent, aggressive and insane. Osborn continued to be at the peak of his power until he was rehabilitated by Spider-Man who chose not to kill him, but by injecting him with an Anti-Goblin Serum which undid his mutation, ridding him of his powers and his Green Goblin alter, thereby restoring his sanity.
- Superhuman Strength: Osborn was stronger than any normal human. When the Goblin awakened, he was able to free his hand from Spider-Man's webs, which are reported to have high tensile strength. He was strong enough to fight and overpower Spider-Man, knocking him into a metal staircase with enough force to dent it, slamming him through multiple floors, and destroying an entire apartment building. Osborn also easily broke his helmet with a rock. His strength in his previous encounter with his Spider-Man, he was proven to be an equal to him as he was able to stop his punch and deliver a powerful kick that sent him flying at such pace. And proven physically dangerous towards Spider-Man himself during the battle inside the abandoned hospital. His strength had proven to make himself powerful enough to pose a threat to Spider-Man in both of their confrontations.
- Superhuman Durability: Osborn's body was tougher and far more durable than a normal human, which allowed him to withstand physical strikes attacks from an enraged Spider-Man without facing any fatal injury. However, he did have his limits, as his own glider was capable of impaling him and Spider-Man was eventually able to best him during the final confrontation between them. His durability allowed him to withstand the apartment battle through intense collateral damages he committed with no bruises or broken bones from the intense fight. This also displayed the fact he laughed about it maniacally after Parker continued to punch him many times.
- Superhuman Speed: Osborn was far more faster than any normal human, being almost as fast as Spider-Man. Osborn was able to react to fast accordingly to Parker attempting to escape before tossing him inside the apartment. Further, he was able to avoid a rage-fueled Parker's attack during the Battle at Liberty Island.
- Superhuman Agility: Osborn was far more agile than any normal human, being able to use it to make maneuvers to best his opponents. Osborn could use his glider with little issues with his superhuman equilibrium and sense of balance and dodge certain attacks from an enraged Parker.
- Superhuman Stamina: Osborn's musculature produced far fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human, allowing him to easily keep up with the likes of the powerful Spider-Man himself who was holding back his power. Osborn continuously laughed and enjoyed every punch Parker gave and continued the fight.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Osborn could react much faster than any regular human. He could keep up with Spider-Man during his fight. Osborn even as far was able to block some of his attacks and react from an intense blow Parker attempted to give.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Osborn could heal more quickly than a regular human. His healing factor allowed him to recover from any form of physical damages and shown immunity to any form of foreign chemicals, such as the first Anti-Goblin Serum which failed to cure him, though it was still in the process of being made. However, he was successfully being cured by Parker with a fully developed Anti-Goblin Serum.
- "You know, I'm something of a scientist myself."
- ―Norman Osborn[src]
- Genius-Level Intellect: Osborn was described as "brilliant" by the likes of Doctor Octopus, an accomplished scientist in his own regard. When he was propelled more than two decades into the future of an alternate universe, he could still grasp its advanced technology.
- Master Scientist: Osborn was described as a "brilliant scientist" in the field of military research by Doctor Octopus. He helped Spider-Man in his endeavor to cure the other villains while Osborn was in control.
- Master Engineer: Osborn was able to create with his company through the creation of several advanced weapons. His best work as an engineer includes his Green Goblin Armor, Glider, Pumpkin Bombs, and Razor Bats. He also helped Spider-Man fabricate an improved Neural Inhibitor Chip for Doctor Octopus utilizing Stark technology, which is technology far beyond what he has ever seen and still able to use it efficiently.
- Expert Businessman: Osborn is an expert businessman, he was able to create his company from the ground up in his universe.
- Expert Combatant: While having no known formal training, Osborn is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, using an aggressive and methodical fighting style, as seen when he wrestled with an alternate Spider-Man. His fighting style consists of applying his enhanced strength to punch is opponents considerable distances, throwing them and taking them down by their legs. He was also able to effortlessly body slam the alternate Spider-Man through several floors without injuring himself in the process.
- Knife Mastery: Osborn has a retractable blade along the gauntlet of his armor. He managed to stab his Spider-Man in the back, although he failed to kill him.
- Expert Marksman: Osborn can throw his Pumpkin Bombs and Razor Bats with great accuracy. He threw one of his bombs into the Macchina di Kadavus with considerable ease, destroying it to unleash the spell.
- Expert Acrobat: Because of the performance-enhancing gas Osborn experimented with, Osborn became capable of great athletic feats as seen during his battles with Spider-Man.
- Master Pilot: Osborn is able to control his glider with ease.
- Pumpkin Bombs: Osborn uses these specialized bombs to blow up or disintegrate his targets. He used one to destroy the Macchina di Kadavus.
- Razor Bats: Osborn uses these drones to slice his enemies.
- Green Goblin Armor: As Green Goblin, Osborn wore a technologically advanced battle-suit that enhanced his strength and durability. Shortly after entering Spider-Man's universe, Osborn smashed his helmet into bits in a futile attempt to escape the Goblin. He received a purple hoodie from May Parker when he sought refuge at F.E.A.S.T., which became tattered as the Goblin took over and fought Spider-Man. He would later equip a satchel to hold his Pumpkin Bombs and Razor Bats, along with gauntlets with retractable blades and goggles to substitute for his broken helmet for the battle at Liberty Island.
- Goblin Glider: Osborn uses his Glider to fly where he wants to, store his weapons, and impale his enemies.
- F.E.A.S.T. Truck: May Parker drove Osborn to the New York Sanctum from the F.E.A.S.T. Community Center, and later to Happy Hogan's condominium.
- F.E.A.S.T. Community Center: Osborn traveled to F.E.A.S.T. and met with May Parker. There he spoke with May Parker, explaining how he got to Spider-Man's universe and that neither Oscorp nor Harry Osborn existed in that world.
- Happy Hogan's Condominium: After Spider-Man offered to help cure the villains of their afflictions, they were brought to Happy Hogan's apartment so that Spider-Man could create the cures. Osborn assisted Spider-Man in making a new Neural Inhibitor Chip for Doctor Octopus, and later, he did calculations for the Anti-Goblin Serum, but the apartment was destroyed when Green Goblin took over and initiated a battle.
- New York Sanctum: Having been transported from the F.E.A.S.T. Community Center by May Parker, Osborn was transported to the Sanctum's prison where he was contained until Spider-Man freed him to cure the multiversal visitors.
- In the comics, Norman Osborn is a corrupt businessman who turned into the Green Goblin after taking a serum that enhanced his strength. Corrupted by greed and a thirst for power, Osborn became Peter Parker's mortal enemy. In a later arc, Osborn would abandon the Green Goblin moniker and assume the Iron Patriot identity.
- In Spider-Man, Osborn was nicknamed "Green Goblin" by J. Jonah Jameson.
- Green Goblin is the first main antagonist in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie who originates from a different movie franchise.
- Green Goblin's purple hoodie and brown satchel are reminiscent of his classic comic book appearance.
- In the film Spider-Man Green Goblin's death appears to be a private affair witnessed only by his universe's Spider-Man. This is further supported in Spider-Man 3, when Harry Osborn is surprised to learn from his butler about the details of his father having been apparently impaled by his own glider, a fact the butler only discovered by examining Norman's body. In No Way Home, however, it is revealed that the newspapers had actually covered the details of Green Goblin's exact death, with Otto Octavius even knowledgeable about the fact that Norman Osborn and Green Goblin were one and the same.
- Green Goblin's first duel with an alternate Spider-Man is also reminiscent of What If...? Vol 1 #105, where their fight causes an entire building to crumble beneath them, costing Parker one of his legs and Osborn his life.
- Green Goblin is the second character with dissociative identity disorder to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the first being Mary Walker, and followed by Moon Knight.
Behind the Scenes
- Green Goblin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues the live-action incarnation of the character from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy from Sony Pictures Studios, who was also portrayed by Willem Dafoe; he is the first live-action incarnation of the character, preceding an incarnation portrayed by Chris Cooper in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
- The first draft of Spider-Man: No Way Home originally had Green Goblin in a smaller role instead. However, after the script lost "other characters", Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers concluded that they had to make him the film's main antagonist.
- To preserve the secrecy of Spider-Man: No Way Home's production and to prevent his appearance from being leaked, Willem Dafoe walked around the set with a cloak covering his costume. Tom Holland first met Dafoe when he accidentally bumped into Dafoe and was surprised upon seeing that it was him during filming.
- Willem Dafoe was digitally de-aged to match his appearance in Spider-Man.
- Ben Jenkin was a stunt double for Willem Dafoe in the role of the Green Goblin.
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