Villains NWH panel and Green Goblin face revealed

During the CCXP in Brazil, the Spider-Man: No Way Home panel featured three of the actors playing the villains and a clip revealing Green Goblin’s updated look.


As the countdown to Spider-Man: No Way Home gets closer, a special Villains Panel in Brazil’s CCXP interviews the actors and includes a clip that reveals the Green Goblin’s updated look.

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The Spider-Man: No Way Home Villains Panel included the updated look of Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin. (Images: Marvel/Disney and Sony Pictures)

The official theatrical release of the latest Tom Holland Spider-Man film is drawing ever closer and rumors keep swirling about the appearance of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. With the stars now in full promotion mode, more new details surface about the plot and the characters. Check out what’s new from the recently concluded convention.

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CCXP Villains Panel

Comic Con Experience is a Brazilian pop culture convention which has its roots in the famous San Diego Comic-Con. This year’s CCXP ran from December 5 to 6 and had a special Villains Panel dedicated to spotlighting three of the main antagonists in the upcoming Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures collaboration.

The panel began with Peter Parker/Spider-Man actor himself, Tom Holland, introducing the three CCXP guests: Willem Dafoe (Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin), Alfred Molina (Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus), and Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro).

The three actors gamely discussed their feelings about returning to their roles. Molina, in particular, had misgivings about returning to the Doc Ock character after 17 years. This was mostly due to his age and how different he looked in 2004 as well as handling the practical effects, such as the metal arms. Says Molina:

It was wonderful ... It was very interesting going back after 17 years to play the same role, given that in the intervening years, I now have two chins, a wattle, crow's feet, and a slightly a slightly dodgy lower back.

But the actor’s concerns were put to rest with the advancement of CGI shown to him, including de-aging.

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Alfred Molina shared his initial concern about taking the role due to his age and the practical effects used in Spider-Man 2 (2004).

Jamie Foxx also shared his relief of not being required to reprise his blue-skinned look in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Meanwhile, Willem Dafoe expressed his take on Norman Osborn aka The Green Goblin. The actor promised this is not the exact same character from the first Spider-Man film. However, Dafoe stopped short of giving any further details beyond that vague description.

Green Goblin drops the mask

In relation to Dafoe’s teasing of a slightly different approach to the character, part of the footage shown in the CCXP Villains Panel had a key revelation.

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From earlier reveals through leaks and trailers, it appeared that the Green Goblin (played by Willem Dafoe) will be appearing in the first costume from Spider-Man (2002). However, there are blink-and-you’ll-miss-it parts in the trailers that show a slightly modified look.

Now, the footage has shown that Green Goblin will indeed be dropping the old mask and display Dafoe’s Norman Osborn face prominently. A hoodie is included in the look, which is reminiscent of the Hobgoblin, a separate super-villain that has more of a supernatural origin than the Green Goblin.

It should be noted that in the comics, the Hobgoblin was suspected to be Ned Leeds. There is an ongoing rumor that the MCU Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) may become the Hobgoblin at some point. You can see the Green Goblin’s new look in the picture below:

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The Green Goblin costume will trade the mask for a hoodie, letting Willem Dafoe display his expressions.

Willem Dafoe scared Tom Holland

Tom Holland himself shared a funny anecdote of meeting Dafoe and his hooded Green Goblin for the first time:

I just sort of bumped into this guy in a cloak. I was like, 'Watch out mate.' And he took his hood off and I almost got really scared. 'Oh sh*t, the Goblin is here.' He was lovely, he was really wonderful. A real joy to work with.

Sony Pictures has also released the updated official synopsis for Spider-Man: No Way Home:

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

With less than 2 weeks left, can the production maintain its secrecy and avoid spoilers from popping up further? Given how immense the anticipation of the fandom is, reportedly eclipsing even Avengers: Endgame, we will continue to keep an eye out for any new developments and breaking news.

Directed by Jon Watts and based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: No Way Home will be swinging into theaters December 17, 2021.

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