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The Green Goblin Theory That Has Marvel Fans Excited

The Green Goblin Theory That Has Marvel Fans Excited

The internet has been obsessed with “Spider-Man: No Way Home” since it became public knowledge. Rumblings of a potential crossover with Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire’s incarnations of the titular wall-crawler have led fans to believe that this could be one of the single most incredible Marvel Cinematic Universe installments to date. It remains to be seen if there’s any truth to such rumors at this point, but we do know that villains from all three live-action “Spider-Man” franchises are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to give Holland’s Spider-Man a run for his money.

As revealed in the first “No Way Home” trailer, Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) attempt to use magic to change Peter Parker’s life for the better has apparently gone terribly wrong. Now Spidey and the Sorcerer Supreme have to contend with a myriad of dangerous villains from across the multiverse, all while trying to send them back to their respective timelines. Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Lizard (Rhys Ifans) represent the “Amazing Spider-Man” continuity, with Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), and Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) carrying over from director Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy.

The second teaser for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” gave fans their best look yet at all five of these bad guys in action. However, fans couldn’t help but notice an odd detail about the Green Goblin that has laid the groundwork for an interesting fan theory.

Are multiple Green Goblins in No Way Home?

When Green Goblin first appears in the most recent “Spider-Man: No Way Home” trailer, he looks exactly the same as he did in 2002’s “Spider-Man.” Wrapped in his jade armor — complete with his signature goblin mask –, he stands atop his glider with a pumpkin bomb in hand. However, as shown above, Norman Osborn seems to try out a brand new ensemble at some point in the film. Goggles replace his helmet, additional armor sits on his arms and legs, purple accents cover his neck and chest, and he rides a redesigned glider. Has the iconic Spider-Man foe gotten some upgrades in the MCU, or is something else going on?

In no time at all, Twitter has become entranced with this Green Goblin situation, so naturally, theories have already arisen. According to @RottenTomatoes, they’re not the same, and this version of the character will appear alongside the one made famous in “Spider-Man.” In trying to sort out their true identity, @constantane posits that this could be a tweaked design for Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Meanwhile, @heir_to_23 speculates that we may be looking at Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) using Osborn’s tech to become a unique take on the Hobgoblin.

Thanks to the Disney+ hit “Loki,” variants — alternate versions of a person from different timelines — are now a factor in the MCU. Is this unidentified Green Goblin merely a variant of the one that terrorized the cinema in 2002, or is there more to the story than meets the eye? We’ll all just have to wait and see once “Spider-Man: No Way Home” hits theaters on December 17.

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