While Spider-Man has one of the largest lists of enemies of any Marvel character, two of the most iconic are Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. With ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ being the second outing of Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe you might think that we’d at least have a hint about these two, but so far they haven’t made an appearance. It isn’t clear if Marvel Studios doesn’t have the rights to either of them with their deal with Sony Entertainment but director Jon Watts and Marvel’s Kevin Feige have weighed in on whether the MCU will ever introduce them.
Of course, in classic Marvel Studios style, the way they mention either character being included is to dance around the idea and not actually tell us anything.
For starters, Watts discusses why he brought villains that The Wallcrawler hasn’t yet tangled with on the big screen:
“You always start by trying to show people something that they haven’t seen before, unless you have a really good reason, I think, to bring back someone we’ve seen before. Spider-Man has such a great rogue’s gallery that there’s a lot still I think to draw from. I mean, we also put Cyclone, Molten Man and Hydro Man in this movie, in a very roundabout way. … Technically you could say [‘Mexico’s villain] was like Sandman. But yeah, it’s always about trying to find something new and just trying to push the envelope there, but I dunno, I dunno who it could be next. “
As to Feige, his view is entirely story driven:
“It just depends on, is it the right story? Is that the right time? Is there the right angle to do it again in a way that feels fresh and doesn’t feel like, ”Oh, here it is again.” Because Spidey, as you know, better than anyone, has a great roster of villains. A great number of them, with Mysterio and Vulture being two of the best that hadn’t been brought to the screen before. I think it all depends on what the story is. It all depends on what the, what the angle is. “
Now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the two would be cagey due to Marvel’s secretive planning for the future. On top of this, it feels that the idea of introducing Green Goblin would be shortsighted unless a larger deal was worked out with Sony. While Norman Osborn could easily be relegated to just the Spider-Man films, he is such a perfect character to replace Iron Man on the villainous side of things. A pure rise to power as a villain that could play into many of the story arcs that has him taking over a replacement of S.H.I.E.L.D. and starting a team of government-sponsored superheroes who were really villains in disguise.
Would you want to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduce both Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus or are you happy with the “Spider-Man” films introducing villains who haven’t previously had screen time? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!
Source: Cinema Blend