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Willem Dafoe Is Open To Return As Green Goblin In Third ‘Spider-Man’ Movie

Willem Dafoe’s (Aquaman, American Psycho) performance as Green Goblin in Tom Holland’s (Uncharted, Dolittle) Spider-Man: No Way Home wowed audiences just as much as it did the first time the actor took on the role in Tobey Maguire’s (The Great Gatsby, Babylon) Spider-Man.

The John Wick star is not closed to the idea of a third appearance as the iconic Spider-Man villain. In an interview with Inverse, promoting his new thriller, Inside, Dafoe expressed his openness to the idea.

“If everything was right, sure,” Dafoe said. “I mean, that’s a great role. I liked the fact that it’s a double role both times. Twenty years ago, and fairly recently, both times [were] very different experiences, but I had a good time on both.”

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Dafoe’s Green Goblin in Spider-Man (2002)

Dafoe’s condition of “if everything was right” was put into play when it came to his second time donning the green in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where his main requirement was that the Green Goblin be not merely a cameo appearance.

“I really didn’t want to do a cameo,” Dafoe told The Mary Sue at the time. “I wanted to make sure there was something substantial enough to do that wasn’t just a tip of the hat. And the other thing was, I said I really want there to be action — I want to take part in action scenes. Because that’s really fun for me. It’s the only way to root the character. Otherwise, it just becomes a series of memes.”

The Spider-Man bug has not just bitten Dafoe, as his web-slinging co-star Toby Maguire revealed to Variety that he would love to don on the red for the fifth time.

Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

“I love these films and I love all of the different series,” Maguire said. “If these guys called me and said, ‘Would you show up tonight to hang out and goof around?’ or ‘Would you show up to do this movie or read a scene or do a Spider-Man thing?’ it would be a ‘yes!’ Because why wouldn’t I want to do that?”

While neither Disney nor Sony has confirmed any concrete plans for its next live-action Spider-Man movie, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has recently confirmed that ground has been broken for the storyline of the next one.

​​“All I will say is that we have the story,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly about Holland’s anticipated fourth Spider-Man movie. “We have big ideas for that, and our writers are just putting pen to paper now.”