- Spider-Man Villains
- Green Goblin
The Green Goblin was created by
writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, he first appeared in Amazing
Spider-Man #14 (July 1964). There are more than one version of the Green
Goblin, but Norman Osborn was the original and most well known. While he
was thought to be dead his son
Osborn took up the mantle. There has even been a superhero named the
Norman Osborn is the son of industrialist Amberson Osborn an alcoholic
who made Norman feel great financial pressure which made him go as
far as killing the family dog to avoid having another mouth to feed.
He married his college sweetheart
Emily, and had his son Harry Osborn. Osborn found his business partner
Dr. Mendel Stromm had been embezzling from his company and then
searching his possessions, discovered an experimental
strength/intelligence enhancement formula.
His wife Emily died creating a huge
load on Norman who retreated to his research. Unknown to Norman his son
Harry had played around with his formula causing the Green Goblin serum
to explode in Norman's face. The accident greatly increased his
strength, but also unfortunately made Norman insane.
Osborn adopted the bizarre identity
of the Green Goblin, based off a monster he had feared at childhood,
with the goal of becoming the boss of the city's organized crime.
Norman then created his Goblin
devices like the Goblin glider hand grenade-like explosive weapons
resembling pumpkins, sharp Razor-Bats and gloves which fired energy
blasts from the finger tips.
At every turn Spider-Man got in the
way of the Green Goblin's criminal goals. The Goblin a few years later
threatened the love of Spider-Man's life, Gwen Stacy, by kidnapping her
and taking her to the top of a bridge in New York City. He threw her off
the bridge, and while Spider-Man was able to grab her with his web the
shock of the fall killed her.
Spider-Man went after the
Goblin with the intent of gaining revenge for the loss of his
girlfriend, but the Goblin in trying to spear Spider-Man with his remote
control glider, only impaled himself by the gilder's sharp points when
Spider-Man dodged the attack.
Second Green Goblin
Harry Osborn then became the second Goblin.
Roderick Kingsley, a fashion designer, finds information that leads
him to one of Norman's many abandoned Goblin caches, full of
equipment that he alters and takes up the mantle of the Hobgoblin,
looking to become an Underworld leader. He resorts to brainwashing
and framing Ned Leeds, a friend of Spider-Man's. He goes into
hiding, and another Hobgoblin comes forth. This one is killed by
Kingsley years later.
After the death of Harry Osborn his equipment
and the identity of the Green Goblin was then briefly used by Philip
Benjamin "Phil" Urich (nephew of Ben Urich of the Daily Bugle), who
tried to gain a reputation as a superhero, although he sometimes was
seen as being as maniacal as his villainous predecessors. When his
equipment was damaged during a battle against a Sentinel in the
Onslaught Crossover, Phil was unable to repair or replace it and so
he retired. He would later form the team Excelsior. In the MC2
alternate future, he resumes his career as the Green Goblin.
Amazing Spider-Man #14 First Appearance of the Green Goblin
Death of Gwen Stacy
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The Return of Norman
Norman Osborn returned years later in the very controversial "Clone
Saga" where he came up with a plan to make Peter Parker question whether
or not he was the real Parker or a clone. For a time Parker's Clone
became took up the role as Spider-Man. In the beginning of the saga the
Clone was the hero the Scarlet Spider, but eventually died when the saga
came to it's end.
After escaping to Paris, Osborn was apprehended by SHIELD agents and
taken into their custody.
While in SHIELD custody, Osborn watches in shock as Spider-Man publicly
reveals his identity as Peter Parker (also confirming Osborn's identity
as the Goblin and his role in Gwen's death in the process), railing that
Peter "broke the rules!" He's then approached by SHIELD agents who are
seeking his aid.
The Goblin confronts and attacks Ben Urich in an alley, but SHIELD's
nanomachines cause him to stop, involuntarily making him collapse and
foam at the mouth.
Later he makes a deal with a shadowy figure from the pro-registration
side who gives him a serum to override the control nanomachines
implanted by SHIELD. The figure is indicated to be highly trusted by the
superhero community, though whether he is himself a superhero is
unspecified. In the next two issues, he attacks a group of Atlanteans in
his Goblin gear, killing and wounding many. Later, when one of an
Atlantean ambassador attempts to give a speech, Norman appears and
shoots at him, wounding but not killing him. As he is being taken away
by security, Norman says he is 'sick' and is not in control of his
actions. While being interrogated by two officers, Norman becomes
increasingly agitated when they question who gave Norman access to the
press conference AND assisted in smuggling a weapon there. At first,
Norman becomes angry, threatening to kill the two officers' families,
then he becomes more and more afraid until a government figure
interrupts the interview (assumed from Norman's comments to be the man
who neutralized his nano-machines) at which point Norman begs the
officers not to let him go, even promising to reveal all he knows to
Norman Osborn is now the government appointed new director of the
Thunderbolts and has been prescribed medication to stabilize his
personality. He remains unbalanced, however, and prone to maniacal
1994 animated series
The Green Goblin was a long-term recurring villain in the Spider-Man
series, voiced by Neil Ross. However, though Osborn had been present
almost from the beginning, the Goblin himself was a relative latecomer
to the series, with Osborn not becoming him until Season 3, despite
almost all other villains appearing in Season 1 (including the
Hobgoblin). In the series, in the Goblin's debut episode, Enter the
Green Goblin, Norman Osborn and his partner, Mendel Stromm, were coerced
into creating a formula for the Kingpin that grants superhuman strength.
Also, he is one of the few characters in the series who knew that Wilson
Fisk is Kingpin. Unlike his comic counterpart, Norman Osborn here was
never a corrupted businessman, neither a megalomaniacal, and had instead
developed a multiple personality disorder. His other side was the Green
Goblin, who acted on destroying everyone who had hurt Osborn throughout
his life, thus, Osborn never truely was responsible for his actions,
however, in later the episodes Osborn accepted the Goblin persona and
they became 'one', determined to destroy everyone who had hurt him. Also,
unlike the comic book version, who considered his son Harry weak, Norman
Osborn here deeply cared for Harry with his life.
In the 1990s Spider-Man animated series in an unstable reaction during one experiment, Norman disappeared in the explosion,
presumed dead. His son, Harry blamed the Oscorp stockholders, J. Jonah
Jameson, Anastasia Hardy, and Wilson Fisk (the Kingpin) among others,
for the death of his father.
Soon a mysterious airborne figure, identifying himself as the Green
Goblin, began kidnapping the stockholders one by one.
Harry quickly became the main suspect and was followed by a wary Mary
Jane who became kidnapped herself. Tracking her down, Spider-Man
uncovered an underwater base where the Goblin intended to kill everyone
he had kidnapped. Fighting the Goblin, Spider-Man unmasked him, only to
discover that the Green Goblin was Norman Osborn. Amnesia ensued and
Norman was unable to remember his dual identity. The following morning
at OsCorp, he announced that he will no longer build chemical weapons.
In Goblin War!, Norman Osborn became the Green Goblin again, after being
pressured by the Kingpin to reveal the identity of the Hobgoblin, who he
had hired before to kill Fisk. The Goblin persona tricks Osborn into
thinking that Spider-Man, Hobgoblin, and the Kingpin are trying to hurt
him. With the Goblin in control of his body, he then tracks down the
Hobgoblin in Jason Phillip Macandale's home, because he knew that
villain lived there as Macandale. The Goblin kidnaps him and his fiancé,
Felicia Hardy, who had just figured out who Macandale was. He took the
Hobgoblin's Time Dilation Accelerator, a machine which can create
portals from anywhere around the world or in other worlds, and nearly
killed Macandale and Felicia by almost melting them in a pool of acid at
OsCorp. Spider-Man battled the Goblin, knocked him out, saved Felicia
and Macandale from certain death and nearly destroyed the Accelerator
using one of the Goblin's boomerangs. However, the machine had enough
energy to create another portal and Spider-Man warned him not to go in
because the Accelerator is too low on power and he'll be trapped in
limbo. The villain stated he wanted to take his chances in limbo than be
defeated by him and jumped in. Later after the Hobgoblin's arrest, the
Goblin returned as the Accelerator still had enough energy to get him
back to OsCorp and began plotting the downfall of his enemies.
In the next episode Turning Point, the Green Goblin finds out
Spider-Man's secret identity with the Time Dilation Accelerator.
Spider-Man and the Green Goblin fight atop the George Washington Bridge.
At the end, the Goblin gets stuck in another dimension, after his glider
pushes him through a portal when he wanted to also push Spider-Man in as
well, but not before he propels Mary Jane into a wormhole, never to be
seen again except for the appearance of a clone that took her place in
several episodes in the fourth and fifth seasons.
In The Return of the Green Goblin, the Green Goblin chooses Harry Osborn
as the new Green Goblin, because Norman wanted to leave the other
dimension in which he was stuck. Harry had difficulties being the new
villain, but like the original Goblin, he wanted Spider-Man dead because
the original Goblin, who he contacted with a spiritual link because both
Harry and Norman/the Goblin were related as father and son, promised
Harry that if he kills Spider-Man, then he will see his father again,
despite the fact that the Goblin was Harry's father and ironically,
Harry didn't know who he was. When Spider-Man tracked him down, the hero
revealed to Harry his father was the Goblin and just when Harry thought
the hero was lying, the original Goblin revealed himself to his son.
This event drove Harry insane and caused him to embrace his role as the
new Green Goblin. The new villain battled Spider-Man and the Punisher at
the George Washington Bridge where it ended with Spider-Man jumping on
Harry and both of them fell into the New York City river. Harry was
knocked unconscious and the Punisher took his body, brought it to Peter
Parker's house and realized who Harry was. After the clone of Mary Jane
appeared, Spider-Man took Harry to the Ravencroft mental hospital.
In The Wedding, Harry Osborn becomes the Green Goblin again, because he
hears that his friends, Peter Parker and Mary Jane are going to get
married. At the church, Harry tells the priest to make Mary Jane marry
him or he will blow up the church with everyone inside it. In the end,
Harry lets Mary Jane go and returns to Ravencroft after Liz Allan
reveals her love for him and convinces Harry that his real friends are
Mary Jane and Peter, not the Green Goblin. With his connection to Harry
broken, Norman Osborn remains trapped in limbo.
The Green Goblin makes his final appearance in I Really, Really Hate
Clones, the first part of the first part of the two-part series finale,
in which he was working for Spider-Carnage and the Kingpin in an
alternate reality. It is not clear if this is the same Norman Osborn
that was stuck in limbo, but it is likely that it is simply a parallel
version of the character in this other universe, as there was nothing
that implied of the previous Norman Osborn. When the Green Goblin was
confronting the Spider-Men from different realities who had joined
forces to stop Spider-Carnage, all of them used their webbing to stick
him to a floor of the Kingpin's tower. In the next episode, although he
didn't appear in it, the Green Goblin likely dies in an explosion that
destroys the tower.
Before Norman Osborn becomes the Green Goblin, his episode appearances
The Spider Slayer
Norman Osborn has hired Spencer Smythe to kill Spider-Man, and Osborn
employed the Spider Slayer robots. It was revealed that Osborn thought
that Spider-Man was a criminal, who only wanted to capture him.
Return of the Spider Slayers
When Norman is attacked by one of the Spider Slayer robots, Spider-Man
proceeds to save his life.
The Hobgoblin, Part 1
Norman Osborn hires the Hobgoblin to kill Wilson Fisk, also known as
Kingpin, but Hobby switches sides, after he got fired by Osborn. At
Oscorp, Norman Osborn points a gun at Hobgoblin, and Hobby tells Norman
that he will offer to side with Osborn, if Osborn builds better weapons
The Hobgoblin, Part 2
Norman Osborn asks Spider-Man to save his son. At Oscorp, when Harry
Osborn is conscious, Norman feels glad that his son is ok.
Shriek of the Vulture
Norman rejects all of Adrian Toomes' ideas at OsCorp and causes Toomes
to become the Vulture.
The Final Nightmare
Norman Osborn gets captured by the Vulture.
Norman did make one appearance after he was the Green Goblin but this
was not a Goblin appearance. Here is the episode:
The Ultimate Slayer
While Norman is presenting his son's engagement party with Mary Jane
Watson, the party is soon crashed by a robot version of Alistair Smythe
who blames Osborn for his father's "death", as well, as accidentally
taking Mary Jane and Harry. Osborn is the first to know by the Kingpin
that Spencer Smythe did not die in the OsCorp explosion that occurred in
The Spider Slayer but that Kingpin found him alive and well and placed
him in cryogenic suspension. After Alistair figured out about
this and quit working for the Kingpin, Spider-Man saved Norman, M.J. and
Before Harry Osborn becomes the second Green Goblin, his episode
The Spider Slayer
Harry Osborn joins J. Jonah Jameson's party.
The Return of the Spider Slayers
Harry is attacked by one of the Spider Slayer robots, and Spider-Man
saves his life.
The Hobgoblin, Part 1
Harry is kidnapped by the Hobgoblin.
The Hobgoblin, Part 2
Spider-Man saves Harry's life.
Duel of the Hunters
When Peter is missing, he goes to Mary Jane's home to comfort her in
Peter's disappearance. He tries to protect her from the monstrous
Man-Spider and although he fails in a short fight, Mary Jane
is still safe.
Blade the Vampire Hunter
When Mary Jane believes that Peter is cheating on her with Felicia
Hardy, Mary Jane decides to date Harry.
The Immortal Vampire
Spider-Man sees Harry and Mary Jane kiss and Spidey blames himself for
losing M.J. to Harry.
Tablet of Time
Peter sees Harry dating Mary Jane in a coffee shop or restaurant.
Shriek of the Vulture
The Vulture attempts to kidnap Harry during Mary Jane's play of McBeth
but Spider-Man ultimately saves Harry.
Harry is seen in a flashback scene which also debuts M.J.'s Aunt Anna
Watson. After Mary Jane was mysteriously kidnapped in the second season
finale, Peter tries to calm down Aunt Anna and Harry is infuriated on
the question why Mary Jane didn't tell him that she wanted to see her
father with him
instead of Peter.
Enter the Green Goblin
Harry feels angry against the Oscorp stockholders for the death of his
father and becomes bitter. At Oscorp, Harry is emotionally distraught
over his fathers' death and acts severely foul tempered.
The Man Without Fear
Harry tries to comfort Mary Jane when Peter has been framed for stealing
top secret government information by the Kingpin of Crime.
The Ultimate Slayer
Harry and Mary Jane get engaged but during their engagement party, a
robotic version of Alistair Smythe crashes the party and kidnaps Harry's
father, as Smythe blames Norman for his father's false death. Harry
tries to save his father with Mary Jane trying to stop him from getting
himself hurt but all four of them are knocked unconscious by the
Kingpin's knock-out gas. After Alistair realizes his father was not dead
but merely placed in cryogenic suspension by the Kingpin, he quits his
employment with the crime boss and Spider-Man saves Harry, M.J. and
When Peter and Mary Jane begin to date again, Harry blames Peter for
"stealing M.J. away from him."
Harry is invited for the engagement of Felicia Hardy and Jason Macendale.
Norman has a relapse after being threatened by Wilson Fisk to expose the
Hobgoblins' true identity, as the Green Goblin once more, Norman battles
Spider-Man and The Hobgoblin with the aid of the Spot's Time Dilation
Accelerator (a plot device in every sense of the word that would become
a favorite du ex machina of fans)
Harry has a birthday party at the Osborn mansion. Osborn uses the Time
Dilation Accerlerator to discover Spidey's true identity, and terrorizes
him and Mary Jane, eventually abducting Mary and knocking her off the
bridge and into an inter-dimensional wormhole. The Goblin is then sucked
through another one when the Accelerator malfunctions, he is sent
through it completely by his own glider in an attempt to use it to
propel Spider-Man into him so that both would be lost forever.
Turning Point is the famous homage episode to the "Night Gwen Stacy
Died" comic strip classic, only in the animated series, Mary Jane falls
through a wormhole, this episode also inspired a scene in the Ultimate
comics, as well as the 2002 Spider-Man movie, Mary Jane, not Gwen, is
again captured by Osborn, but this time she is saved by Peter.
Other animated media
1960s animated television series featured the first depiction of the
Goblin outside of the comic book, although the Goblin here is depicted
as a dimwitted robber who is obsessed with magic and the supernatural -
fields of expertise that Norman Osborn in the comics was never
interested in (save for one incident in the late 1990s), preferring to
use technology to commit crimes.
The 1980s Spider-Man cartoon,
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends show
depicted Osborn as something closer to The Lizard, with a serious
medical problem of physically and uncontrollably changing into the
Goblin, a kind of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the episode
Triumph Of The Green Goblin.
Green Goblin this was
taken from the very first Spiderman and his Amazing Friends episodes.
A Counter Earth version of the Green Goblin appeared in the Spider-Man
Unlimited animated series voiced by Rino Romano, who also plays
Spider-Man. This version is actually a good guy instead of a villain,
also making a mistake Spider-Man was a villain at their first encounter.
By the end of his first appearance, after saving Naoko and Shayne
Yamada-Jones from one of Venom and Carnage's plans with the help of
Spider-Man and after the Goblin lets Naoko and Shayne go, he whispers to
himself about calling Naoko his love. It is revealed in the next
episode, whom the Goblin himself doesn't frankly appear in, that Naoko
had a jealous ex-husband who worked for the rebellion against the High
Evolutionary and Naoko's ex-husband, who was standing in the shadows by
the end of the episode, that he is jealous, suspecting Naoko and Peter
Parker, the man who pays the rent while living at Naoko's home, are
having an affair and he punches a wall that bricks fall down and the
Goblin has super strength, confirming the Goblin is Naoko's ex-husband.
The Goblin's next appearance was when he found out that both Spider-Man
and Peter Parker are the same person! He also learned that Spider-Man
was from the original Earth, and his intentions on Counter-Earth are to
rescue John Jameson, who was also from the regular third rock from the
sun. But since Jameson, who is working with the rebels against the High
Evolutionary, doesn't agree to come and lets Spider-Man go off on his
own, the Goblin decides to help by getting a ship the High Evolutionary
has, which was originally Spider-Man's. Spider-Man and the Goblin team
up with the Rejects, a group of Beastials that the High Evolutionary
gotten rid of since they proved useless, and they got to Solaris II, the
ship Spider-Man once had. But Spider-Man had more heart and had Solaris
II crash into one of the High Evolutionary's towers, which presumably
killed the Goblin in the explosion. However, by the series finale, it
was revealed he survived the explosion and joined the Rejects. But he
left them to help Spider-Man and the rebels against the High
Evolutionary fight against the Evolutionary. By the end of the episode,
he was one of the characters who ran off when thousands of symbiotes
sprung to Counter-Earth by Venom and Carnage's plans.
Ultimate Green Goblin
Norman Osborn is a corrupt industrialist and scientist who is trying to
perfect the Super Soldier drug for SHIELD. He neglects his wife and son,
Harry. In Ultimate Spider-Man #1, an OZ-injected spider bites Peter
Parker on a field trip. Peter develops amazing powers, and Norman
theorizes that since the OZ combined with spider DNA gave Parker the
abilities of a spider. Therefore, if Norman were to receive OZ combined
with his own DNA he could become a heightened version of himself. The
experiment goes wrong and an explosion occurs, affecting Harry and Dr.
Otto Octavius. Norman, however, is transformed into a muscular,
grotesque, demonic-looking monster. In an attempt to
destroy all evidence of his existence, Norman kills his wife and
attempts to kill Harry, who manages to escape while the house is burning
down. The next day, he attacks Harry's school but is stopped by
Spider-Man. During the fight, Osborn plummets off a bridge into the
river, seemingly dead.
However, Norman survived and has, in his words, "evolved". He can now
control his transformations into an intelligent incarnation of the
"Green Goblin" via OZ injections. Due to overdosing on OZ, Osborn
suffers from hallucinations. These include seeing everything through a
blood-red filter, objects such as the Spider on Spider-man's chest
moving around, and creatures called "plasmids" tormenting him.
Taking Harry back, Norman moved back into the city, blaming rival Justin
Hammer for the explosion. He reveals himself to Parker, telling Parker
to give up the life as Spider-Man and work for him, or suffer the deaths
of Parker's loved ones. Osborn tells Parker to kill Nick Fury, the Head
of SHIELD. When Parker refuses, Norman kidnaps Mary Jane Watson, Peter's
girlfriend, and attempts to kill her by hurling her from the top of a
bridge. Spider-Man is able to save Mary Jane, and joins SHIELD
operatives in attacking Osborn. The battle continues at Osborn's
Manhattan penthouse, where Osborn transforms even further after taking
several more OZ injections and begins to choke the life out of Parker.
Harry discovers the scene, picking up a shattered window pane and
jamming it into his father's back, reverting him to his human self.
Osborn is taken into custody by SHIELD.
In the Ultimate Six limited series, Osborn and his old assistant, Dr.
Octavius, devise a plan to escape from prison which uses Norman's new
ability to transform into the Goblin at will. They kidnap Spider-Man and
force him to join them. Norman considers Parker to be his 'true' son and
believes Parker belongs with him. In a battle between the Ultimate Six
and the Ultimates at the White House, Harry is used as a trump card by
Nick Fury. Harry pleads with his father to stop. Norman is about to
change back when a trigger-happy Iron Man blasts him from behind,
severely altering Norman's genes and causing him to lash out at the
SHIELD personnel before being shot down to Harry's horror. He is again
taken into custody. At the end of the issue, he is revealed to be in
cryogenic suspension, with half of his face in goblin form on account of
Iron Man's reckless genetic-disordering shooting.
In the Ultimate Spider-Man video game the Beetle, a Latverian mercenary,
breaks him out to provide samples for Latverian experiments in creating
super-soldiers. Osborn rampages around New York city but is stopped by
Spider-Man after a confrontation in the UN Conference Building.
No character uses the name "Green Goblin" in Ultimate Spider-Man to
refer directly to Osborn; however, when the X-Men's Kitty Pryde uploads
a hologram of the Ultimate Six into the Danger Room, the Osborn hologram
refers to itself as the Green Goblin. Also, several student friends of
Peter Parker recalled what they saw as a 'Green Goblin Monster' to
Johnny Storm in the "Superstars" arc.
Ultimate Green Goblin has superhuman strength greater than Spider-Man's,
enabling him to leap great distances, superhuman reflexes, stamina and
durability. He appears to also be pyrokinetic, as he can throw flaming
balls of destructive energy and (in the Ultimate Spiderman videogame)
surround himself with flames.
Spider-Man The Movie
The Green Goblin's first live action appearance (beyond a 1982
television commercial for the Atari video game) was in the blockbuster
feature film Spider-Man (2002), which starred Willem Dafoe as Norman
Green Goblin, redesigned for the 2002 Spider-Man film.Norman Osborn is a
brilliant scientist and businessman who is known for his contributions
to nanotechnology. His son, Harry, resents his father's apparent
favoritism toward his friend Peter Parker. He is the head of Oscorp, a
company contracted by the United States military to create a new super
soldier. Osborn, needing to prove his formula is the new technology the
military is seeking, experiments on himself and becomes the Green
Goblin. The process drives him insane however, and he kills his partner,
Dr. Mendel Stromm. The military decides to give the supersoldier
contract to another company, Quest Aerospace, and in revenge, the Green
Goblin kills several high-ranking military officers and Quest scientists
who were present at the Quest test. Although Quest Aerospace's prototype
was destroyed, the company decided to expand and, in doing so, assumes
control of Oscorp on the condition that Norman Osborn step down as CEO.
In retaliation, the Goblin kills the board of directors during a
festival in Times Square, thus removing the last threat to his takeover
of Oscorp, and inadvertently almost killing Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten
Dunst). His appearance at the festival also marks the beginning of his
animosity towards Spider-Man. Instead of hating his new enemy, however,
Norman finds that Spider-Man is the son that he always wanted, strong
and intelligent, and attempts to recruit him to his side. Spider-Man
does not return the Goblin's feelings of respect and rebuffs Osborn's
offer of alliance.
The enraged Green Goblin finds out Spider-Man's identity when, while
visiting his son Harry (who is Peter's roommate), he discovers that
Peter has an identical wound to one he had inflicted on Spider-Man in an
earlier fight. He attacks and seriously injures Aunt May, then kidnaps
Mary Jane and tells Spider-Man that he must choose either to save her or
to save a group of children in a cable car. Both are thrown off the
Queensboro Bridge, yet Spider-Man manages to save both the children and
Mary Jane (a marked difference from the source story, "The Night Gwen
Stacy Died", which ended in the death of Spider-Man's sweetheart).
After being defeated in their final battle & with his own personality
resurfaced, Norman removes his Goblin helmet to reveal himself as the
Green Goblin's alter-ego to Spider-Man, and asks Spidey to forgive him,
while at the same time, he secretly directs his glider to impale
Spider-Man from behind.
Spider-Man sensed the attack with his "spider-sense" and dodged, and the
machine killed the Green Goblin by impaling him in the lower waist,
internally bleeding him to death. Just before dying, Norman pleaded
Spider Man not to tell his son about his second identity. When
Spider-Man takes Norman's corpse back to his mansion, Harry sees him
keeping his father’s dead body on a bed. Not knowing that his father was
the Green Goblin, Harry assumes that Spider Man had killed him in cold
blood. At the funeral, Harry swears revenge on Spider-Man. Spider-Man
respects Norman's last wishes, but it was only a matter of time before
Harry found out himself.
Though the film's version of Osborn does not completely understand and
is rarely there for his son, he loves him. His Goblin personality is not
yet completely dominant, and he vacillates between the two, as in the
character's earliest comic book appearances.
In the film, the Green Goblin pilots a high-tech Personal Aerial Combat
Platform (PACP) - the Goblin Glider, armed with seeking missiles,
machine guns & razor-sharp spears. He also wears a green armour, instead
of a green & purple costume (like in the comics), that cybernetically
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 flashes with a bright, radioactive flash & reduces people to
skeletons; and one that splits into flying, razor-sharp blades. Rather
than carrying a shoulder "bag of tricks", the weapons are typically
contained in the glider and are ejected for the Goblin as he requires
them. His flight suit is armed with some sort of sedative gas that is
released from the wrists, and is linked to the Goblin Glider, allowing
him to control it remotely. The fearsome Goblin mask, while seemingly a
hindrance to such a finely-tuned fighting machine, may serve as the
frightening face of an unstoppable military system, striking fear into
the hearts of enemies and victims.
Norman appears in Spider-Man two in Harry's