Chris Cooper is inheriting the role of Norman Osborn from Willem Defoe, who portrayed the role in the first ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy, but the actor elaborated a bit stating that “‘[Amazing] Spider-Man 2’ was an introduction to Norman, and — you’ll see — an extremely odd introduction, which apparently will lead to something more.”  There’s already been speculation about the Sinister Six working its way into the Spidey cinematic universe, with Jamie Foxx admitting that Sony had broached the subject with him.  With at least two more sequels in the works, there’s plenty of room for Norman to evolve into the Green Goblin and sign up with the team.  (However, earlier rumors may debunk this or at least alter it.)

Cooper stated that he was “vaguely” aware of the Sinister Six and stated that “They sent me some material.  But they said also that this Spider-Man is its own Spider-Man. We’re just kind of starting from the beginning.”  Presumably this simply means that the studio is differentiating these films from the previous trilogy and from the comic books.

Paul Giamatti, who appears in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ as The Rhino further added fuel to the fire, stating “And I believe there’s a lot of stage-setting for the next film.  There are several villains in this movie, and some of them are more foreground and important.  Jamie Foxx is and stuff. A couple of us are more hanging around the background because I think there will be a bigger deal.  I don’t actually know, but that seems to be what they’re doing. I’m not an idiot either, but I can’t claim hard and fast knowledge of this. I won’t.  I can’t because I don’t actually know, but you and I can speculate.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal even declared that the studio was looking to delve deeper into the world of Spider-Man and bring even more villains… and heroes to the silver screen.

Are you prepared to see the Sinister Six onscreen?

Sources: Blastr and MTV