Green Goblin is Not Done With Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, Marvel is Rumored to Bring Back 2 Iconic Villains From Tobey Maguire’s Trilogy

Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus could return once more in Tom Holland's Spider-Man 4.

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  • There's talk about Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin and Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus possibly coming back.
  • They were memorable villains in Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man movies. But it's not certain if the actors will return.
  • Dafoe has said he's open to playing Green Goblin again, while Molina was happy to return in the 2021 movie too.
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Recent inside sources reveal that after the epic showdown in Tom Holland’s No Way Home, the iconic Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin are slated to make a comeback in Spider-Man 4. One thing that nobody can deny is that Spider-Man is just not complete without his villains. Throughout each era of Spider-Man movies, these villains have not only made a name for themselves but have also gathered dedicated fan bases of their own.

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Tom Holland as Spider-Man in No Way Home | Sony Pictures

While the project is still in its very early stages, this recent scoop has undeniably sparked joy among fans. With the promise of these legendary anti-heroes resurfacing, the stage is set for a thrilling journey of Spider-Man’s epic saga.

Green Goblin and Doc Ock Set to Return in Tom Holland’s Next Spider-Man Film?

After Tom Holland’s Spider-Man navigated through the multiversal chaos of No Way Home, it appears that there are still lingering loose ends to tie up.


Talks are circulating about the potential return of Willem Dafoe‘s Green Goblin and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, both of whom left an unforgettable mark during Tobey Maguire’s tenure as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. It seems Holland’s Spidey is gearing up for another challenge.

Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin
Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin in No Way Home | Sony Pictures

A recent scoop by Alex Perez from The Cosmic Circus suggests that fans might indeed see the return of these iconic villains. However, uncertainty looms over whether the original actors will reprise their roles.


Dafoe has fairly recently revealed that he wouldn’t mind returning as the character on-screen yet again. In an Inverse interview, the actor stated,

If everything was right, sure,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

Molina was also much delighted with his return in the 2021 film. With numerous loose ends, unanswered questions, and potential plot twists, the fourth Spider-Man installment promises an intriguing journey for sure. Amidst all the speculation, only time will reveal the accuracy of these rumors.

Recent Updates About Spider-Man 4

Marvel and Sony find themselves at odds over the direction of Spider-Man 4, sparking internal debates and discussions as per insider Daniel Richtman. His reports suggest Sony is favoring a return to previously successful formulas while Marvel aims to delve deeper into Spider-Man’s roots.


Speculation also swirls around the potential setup for Avengers 5, raising questions about whether it will involve a street-level clash just like the Civil War or another multiversal adventure alongside other iterations of Spider-Man.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)Directed by Sam Raimi Shown: Alfred Molina (as Dr. Otto Octavius/"Doc Ock") © Sony Pictures
Spider-Man 2 (2004) Directed by Sam Raimi Shown: Alfred Molina (as Dr. Otto Octavius/”Doc Ock”) | Sony Pictures

In February 2023, Marvel boss Kevin Feige announced the fourth film’s story was already mapped out, but plans were disrupted by a writer’s strike. Director Jon Watts, having completed the trilogy, is unlikely to return, prompting Marvel to search for fresh talent. Rumors hint at the Ms. Marvel duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah being considered for the director’s chair.

Despite the uncertainties and speculations, fans eagerly anticipate the next chapter in Spider-Man’s journey, particularly after the events of No Way Home.


No Way Home is available on Disney+ for rent.


Written by Sampurna Banerjee

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