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SPIDER-MAN’s Original Green Goblin Mask Deserves a MCU Comeback

SPIDER-MAN’s Original Green Goblin Mask Deserves a MCU Comeback

This weekend, Spider-Man: Homecoming is ruling the box office and making a compelling case for the wall-crawler to stay in the MCU beyond the current five picture deal between Marvel and Sony. If we had to place a bet, we’d say that a renewal is likely. And while Marvel’s Kevin Feige has said that the sequel to Homecoming will probably feature a Spider-Man villain who hasn’t been in the movies, we think there’s an opportunity to give the Green Goblin some cinematic redemption as well.

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Amalgamated Dynamics’ 2012 videos of the original Green Goblin mask from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man have once again been making the rounds. Unlike the mask that made it into the final film, this is not only faithful to the Green Goblin’s comic book origins, it’s also a very impressive blend of animatronics and makeup. The overall affect is unsettling and creepy, which is perfect for the Goblin.

It has to be said that Willem Dafoe was exceptionally well cast as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. But the first film would have been better off going in this direction for the movie. These days, the same special effects may be more easily achieved through motion capture and CGI, but this is proof that the Green Goblin’s mask can look terrific in live-action.

There is an outside possibility that Sony will use Green Goblin in one of the company’s non-MCU Marvel films simply because they can. However, that would be remarkably shortsighted. Green Goblin is Spider-Man’s ultimate archenemy, and they shouldn’t be separated for long. It would also be rash to simply throw Green Goblin into the sequel to Homecoming. We think fans need and deserve a break from the Green Goblin since Dane DeHaan’s turn as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

That said, a potential third or fourth Marvel Studios Spider-Man movie could touch upon the Green Goblin before finally bringing him back to the big screen. And because the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a much stranger place than the original films, the Goblin’s mask could be accepted at face value. That only makes the Green Goblin even more intimidating. We may not see the actor’s face that way, but it would be an immediate improvement on the previous two iterations of the character.

What do you think about Spider-Man‘s original Green Goblin mask? Let us know in the comment section below!

Image: Amalgamated Dynamics

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