Green Goblin in other media
|Adaptations of Green Goblin in other media|
|Created by||Stan Lee|
|Original source||Comics published by Marvel Comics|
|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964)|
|Films and television|
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
|Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)|
|Video game(s)||Spider-Man (1982)|
- 1 Television
- 2 Film
- 3 Video games
- 4 Theatre
- 5 Toys
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Green Goblin appears in the 1960s animated television series voiced by Len Carlson. The character is depicted as a dimwitted, spoiled robber who is obsessed with magic and the supernatural - fields of expertise that the Goblin in the comics is never interested in (save for one incident in the late 1990s), preferring to use technology to commit crimes. Neither Norman Osborn nor Harry Osborn appear in the show.
A new weapon Green Goblin uses is gremlin dust, which briefly blinds people. He appears in the episodes "The Witching Hour", "Magic Malice" and "To Catch a Spider". He first steals a magician's book of spells and tries using Jameson as a medium to summon demons of the Underworld. Spider-Man stops the summoning in a graveyard, Green Goblin is webbed and jailed. Next, in a similar episode, he steals from Blackwell the Magician's House, and uses his magic powers to commit robberies. While he is in Blackwell's House again, Spider-Man stops him with Blackwell's help, and he is webbed up. In his last appearance the invisible scientist Dr. Noah Boddy breaks him out of jail along with Electro and Vulture. He is the first of the group to encounter Spider-Man, using a special pumpkin bomb with a formula created by Dr. Noah Boddy to weaken Spider-Man's senses. He is defeated finally with the other villains when they have a showdown at midnight with Spider-Man when Spider-Man uses ventriloquism to make them fight each other. The Goblin knocks out Electro with a pumpkin bomb, then Spider-Man knocks him out by deflecting one of his own pumpkin bombs, then webs him up and Green Goblin is jailed along with the other villains.
Green Goblin appears on the 1980s Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends cartoon show voiced by Dennis Marks. This incarnation is depicted as something closer to the Lizard with a serious medical problem of physically and uncontrollably changing into the Green Goblin. The character has a niece Mona Osborn that had no knowledge of her uncle's double identity. When she was held captive by Green Goblin so he could discover the location of a formula, she stated that he looked familiar. Osborn is cured by lightning and send back to Medical Institute. Mona appears in the episodes "The Triumph of the Green Goblin" and "The Quest of the Red Skull".
The version that appears on the concurrent, solo Spider-Man series is closer to the comic book original, with Osborn suffering from amnesia and wearing a Goblin costume instead of physically transforming into the villain. He appears in the episode "Revenge of the Green Goblin". In the episode's continuity, Spider-Man first faced and defeated Green Goblin three years earlier, during which the opponents were unmasked to each other. Having regained his memory during a train accident at the start of the episode, Osborn resumes his Goblin persona and equipment, and threatens to reveal Spider-Man's true identity to the world.
Spider-Man: The Animated Series
The original Green Goblin appears in the 1990s Spider-Man: The Animated Series voiced by English actor Neil Ross using a high, giggling voice. This version later on in the series is one of the most recurring villains of the series, along with the Kingpin. Unlike his comic counterpart, he is not an insane version of himself and has instead developed a multiple personality disorder. His Green Goblin personality acts on destroying everyone who has hurt his original persona throughout his life. But though ruthless businessman, he gets caught up in the Kingpin's affairs. This incarnation is also a responsible father and inventor, caring deeply for Harry Osborn and told him nothing about his criminal dealings. In this series, Green Goblin came after the Hobgoblin's persona.
For the first two seasons of the show, Norman Osborn appeared as a corrupt industrialist, pressured into supplying the Kingpin with weapons and chemicals against his will. In the episode "Enter the Green Goblin", Osborn is exposed to a toxic gas that greatly increases his physical strength but also drives him insane and awakens the evil inside that's the Green Goblin. The gas also somehow alters the Hobgoblin's equipment into green-color equipment which had been created at OsCorp and Norman dons it, becoming Green Goblin. However it is assumed Osborn has been killed in the accident. He then kidnaps various OsCorp stockholders like Kingpin, J. Jonah Jameson, and the mother of Felicia Hardy that had tormented Norman. Spider-Man suspects Harry may be the Green Goblin. Green Goblin captures Mary Jane Watson when he finds her in the remains of the building and takes her to his underwater base. He gives a mock trial of the stockholders. After the fight with Spider-Man, Osborn lost his memory. He then says he will stop making chemical weapons.
In the episode "Goblin War!", Norman Osborn, once again tormented by Kingpin, sees Green Goblin in all reflections and becomes him again, defeating the 'imposter' Hobgoblin and stealing his Time Dilation Accelerator, a machine capable of generating portals. In the episode "Turning Point", Green Goblin finds out Spider-Man's secret identity, kidnaps Mary Jane Watson, and fights Spider-Man atop the George Washington Bridge. In the end, Green Goblin gets stuck in another dimension, after his glider pushes him through a portal but Mary Jane also falls through a portal. In the episode "The Return of the Green Goblin", Green Goblin appears in Harry Osborn's nightmares and lures his son into becoming the new Green Goblin. Among the promises to kill Spider-Man, he promised the boy to reveal what happened to his father. He finally reveals this, but Harry is placed in a mental hospital. In the episode "The Wedding", Green Goblin appears again to convince Harry to break out and become Green Goblin again when he hears that Peter Parker and Mary Jane are going to get married, but Liz Allan convinces Harry that his real friends are Mary Jane and Peter, not Green Goblin. With his connection to Harry broken, Osborn remains trapped in limbo.
In the series finale "I Really, Really Hate Clones", alternate reality versions of Green Goblin and Hobgoblin make an appearance where they are working for Spider-Carnage and a Kingpin of an alternate reality.
A Counter Earth version of Green Goblin appears in the Spider-Man Unlimited animated series voiced by Rino Romano. He is portrayed as a hero, mistaking Spider-Man for an enemy during their first encounter. Instead of a glider, he wields a backpack that sprouts wings. By the end of his first appearance, after saving Naoko Yamada-Jones and Shayne Yamada-Jones from one of Venom and Carnage's plans with the help of Spider-Man and after Green Goblin lets Naoko and Shayne go, he whispers to himself about calling Naoko his love. It is revealed in the next episode, which Green Goblin himself does not appear in, that Naoko has a jealous ex-husband who works for the rebellion against the High Evolutionary. Naoko's ex-husband, who is standing in the shadows by the end of the episode, reveals that he is jealous, suspecting that Naoko and Peter Parker, the man who pays the rent while living at Naoko's home, are having an affair. He punches a wall that bricks fall down thus confirming Green Goblin is indeed Naoko's ex-husband.
Green Goblin's next appears when he finds out that both Spider-Man and Peter Parker are the same person. He also learns that Spider-Man is from the original Earth, and his intentions on Counter-Earth are to rescue John Jameson. Since Jameson, working with the rebels against the High Evolutionary, does not agree to come and lets Spider-Man go off on his own, Green Goblin decides to help by getting a ship the High Evolutionary has, which was originally Spider-Man's. Spider-Man and Green Goblin team up with the Rejects, a group of Beastials that the High Evolutionary got rid of since they proved useless, and they get to Solaris II, the ship Spider-Man once had. Spider-Man has more heart and has Solaris II crash into one of the High Evolutionary's towers, which presumably kills Green Goblin in the explosion. However, by the series finale, it is revealed he survived the explosion and joined the Rejects. He leaves them to help Spider-Man and the rebels fight against the High Evolutionary. By the end of the episode, he is one of the characters who run off when thousands of symbiotes spring to Counter-Earth according to Venom and Carnage's plans.
The Spectacular Spider-Man
The original Green Goblin appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man voiced by Steven Blum. Norman Osborn is the charismatic yet pompous spirited CEO of OSCorp. He expresses disapproval at his son Harry Osborn for not getting offered the ESU lab internship that was given to his friend Peter Parker and constantly tells him to man up to get what he wants. Bent on being the number one in weapons tech, Norman embezzled the designs of Adrian Toomes's flight tech and later tipped off the crime boss Big Man to the TRI-CORP technology shipment. In this incarnation, it's an episode long question who Green Goblin really is; Harry or Norman. Norman uses Harry as a scapegoat at first by framing him and having him sent away after discovering his addiction to the Green Goblin serum. But it is eventually revealed that Norman is, in fact, the villain. Green Goblin appears as the Crime Lord in background by controlling some events in the show and he is one of the main villains of the series. He favors making jokes, though more psychotic than Spider-man's own. By the end of season two Norman Osborn is believed to have died when he accidentally set off one of his traps meant for Spider-Man, but other evidence suggests that he had survived as he is shown leaving the country by the end of the season as well (although it is possible that the Chameleon could be disguised as him). Whether or not he survives is left unclear as the series was cancelled before a third season was made.
Like many of his previous incarnations, Green Goblin was always well-prepared for combat, usually rigging his surroundings with hidden pumpkin grenades and automatic grenade launchers. His glider that's shaped into a gargoyle-like bat carries an assortment of weapons. These include his trademark pumpkin grenades which make a distinct screaming sound upon detonation, high velocity razorbat-like pumpkins, lasers that shoot from his fingers; a cannon that fires globs of extremely strong restraining adhesives which he calls a "Gob-Web" though originally the inhibiter prototype"; and a forked tongue-shaped blade that extends from the glider's "jaws".
Norman Osborn appears in Ultimate Spider-Man voiced by Steven Weber. He is a corrupt industrialist fascinated with Spider-Man, has a strained relationship with Harry Osborn, and his Green Goblin transformation is amalgam of the Ultimate Marvel version's green-skinned monster and the original incarnation's glider and pumpkin bombs. Here the Green Goblin is called simply "The Goblin".
- Green Goblin appears in the Robot Chicken episode "In a DVD Factory". He is shown exercising on an exercise machine that resembles his glider.
- In the Marvel/DC YouTube videos by ItsJustSomeRandomGuy, Green Goblin is shown wearing the armor-like costume he wore in Spider-Man, though he wears his original costume in promos for conventions. He is loud and sarcastic, and enjoys alcoholic beverages. In story arcs in the videos, Goblin (or "Gobby") became an anti-hero, and fell in love with Harley Quinn. He also got a spin-off series called Goblin Bloggin in which he answers fan mail and talks about his fictional life in the continuity of the videos, his obsession with Willem Dafoe, and other topics. His son Harry Osborn makes off-screen cameos. In Season 3, "Zero Hour", Goblin's differed personality from the comics is addressed, and Darkseid captures him and Deadpool, due to the both of them being unique from the others (Deadpool can see his fictional existence while Goblin was different from his comics counterpart). At the climax of the arc, Goblin is confronted by Stan Lee and the latter tells him he is the only one of the characters to have free will, allowing him to defeat Darkseid by making him realize that he was an action figure. To undo Darkseid's effects on the multiverse, Goblin sacrifices himself to reboot it. He and Harley are completely rebooted in the process, with no memories of their romance.
- Green Goblin appears in the MAD episode "Al Pacino and the Chipmunks / That's What Superfriends Are For" where he advertises his "Green Goblin Green Beans". He also threatens that if the customer dislikes them, he'll throw their loved ones off a bridge.
In the 2002 film, Norman Osborn is the brilliant but amoral scientist and businessman/industrialist who heads Oscorp, and has a distant relationship with his son, Harry. After losing a military contract, he is removed as head of Oscorp by its board of directors. In response, he tests his supersoldier formula on himself, and becomes the Green Goblin, who is depicted as a separate personality from Osborn. When he kills the board of directors, he comes into conflict with Spider-Man. As in the comics, he ultimately tries to kill Spider-Man by impaling him with his goblin glider, but this results in him being accidentally fatally impaled himself.
In Spider-Man 2, a vision of Norman Osborn appears after Harry Osborn's brief alliance with Doctor Octopus leads his son to find out that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Inside of a mirror, Norman demands that his son avenge his death. When Harry shatters the mirror, he discovers his father's hidden lair, making him realize that his father was the Green Goblin.
In Spider-Man 3, Harry Osborn has finally taken up the Green Goblin mantle like his father. When Harry suffers from amnesia and briefly forgets his vendetta, a vision of the original Green Goblin returns in a successful attempt to sway him back to destroying Spider-Man by one purpose: "Attack his heart". After their confrontation, Osborn butler Bernard reveals to him the true circumstances of his father's death, which convinces him to help Peter rescue Mary Jane Watson from the Sandman and Venom. Mary Jane is saved in the end, but at the cost of Harry's life.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Harry Osborn will appear as the Green Goblin in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, played by Dane DeHaan. Harry Osborn will take on the mantle of the Green Goblin before his father. In a video from Kellogg's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Web-Slinging Game on Oscorp, Norman die from his illness which leaves Harry as the new owner of Oscorp.
- In the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive, the face of Green Goblin is prominently displayed on the front of the movie's main villain, a murderous "Happy Toyz Co." truck.
- Green Goblin is also briefly mentioned in the comedy film Spider-Plant Man, where Peter Piper/Spider-Plant Man is confronted by the main villain hiding in shadow and Peter says "I know that voice, come out where I can see you, Green Goblin!".
- The Oscorp building from The Amazing Spider-Man almost appeared in The Avengers. However, by the time the Oscorp building was fully designed for Spider-Man, the Avengers skyline was rendered, so for timing the idea was abandoned.
- The first video game appearance of Green Goblin is in the 1982 Atari 2600 Spider-Man game. Furthermore, the character makes his first live action appearance in the television commercial for the game.
- Originally, Green Goblin was meant to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man for the Game Boy but was replaced by Hobgoblin. The change was presumably a last minute one as Green Goblin appears in the game's printed manual.
- Green Goblin is a boss in the Spider-Man arcade game. Though not the final boss, he is often acknowledged as being the hardest.
- Green Goblin is also a boss in the video game adaptation of Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
- In the 2000 PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast Spider-Man video game, a crane depicted donning a picture of a pumpkin and the word bomb next to it. When the player has Spider-Man investigate the crane, he will find pumpkin bombs, a Goblin Glider, and a Green Goblin poster inside. Upon seeing this, Spider-Man muses to himself; "Gee, I wonder who those pumpkins bombs belong to?", referencing to the numerous hideouts of the Goblin; the Green Goblin himself does not appear in this game.
- Green Goblin appears in the 2002 Spider-Man video game voiced by Willem Dafoe. Green Goblin's genesis in the game parallels that of the film, with Norman Osborn and his scientists attempting to capture Spider-Man in order to study his genetics to perfect their own contracted supersoldier serum. After a number of failed attempts to capture Spider-Man using OsCorp robots, Norman subjects himself to the serum and becomes Green Goblin. In this guise, he offers Spider-Man a partnership but is refused. In the Xbox version of the game, he subsequently hires Kraven the Hunter to go after Spider-Man. Upon seeing a picture of Mary Jane Watson kissing Spider-Man, he abducts her as bait for a final battle with Spider-Man, ending with Norman impaled on his glider much like in the comics and film. In different to the movie, Osborn has no fight against Green Goblin.
- Ultimate Green Goblin briefly appears in the 2005 Ultimate Spider-Man video game voiced by Peter Lurie. He is held captive by S.H.I.E.L.D. since he is such a dangerous threat, but the villain Beetle has sneaked into the headquarters and frees Green Goblin, having him go on a rampage throughout New York. Spider-Man confronts Green Goblin after he escapes from the Latverian embassy, the two fighting throughout the city until the battle ends in a conference house where Spider-Man finally beats Green Goblin to a pulp, knocking him unconscious. Shortly after the villain's defeat, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents led by Sharon Carter arrive in the warehouse and take Norman Osborn back into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody without giving Spider-Man a "thank-you", which upsets the hero. Unlike the original Ultimate Marvel form being in control of his Green Goblin form, this version is portrayed as being more of the out-of-control monster he was in his debut.
- Ultimate Green Goblin makes a major appearance in the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance exclusives of the 2006 game Spider-Man: Battle for New York. He is one of the two playable characters (the other being Spider-Man) and the game is a retelling of his origin.
- Green Goblin appears in the Nintendo DS version of Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. Black Cat informs Spider-Man that Green Goblin is setting up bombs as part of a plot to defeat the symbiotes. In the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii versions, the first appearance of the glider-bound armored enemies called Tech Flyers has Spider-Man mercilessly mocking them for their lack of originality by saying things like, "You're not the Green Goblin or the Hobgoblin, you're just a lousy knock-off!", "You're more like a Goblinette!", and "Really! Green Goblin is soooo six years ago".
- Green Goblin appears in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe voiced by Roger L. Jackson. Outside of the opening cinematics, he is among the supervillains brainwashed by Mysterio's Control Amulet. Spider-Man fights him on the helipad at OsCorp's Japanese branch. After being defeated, he joins Spider-Man on his quest to obtain the meteor shards, mainly to stay out of prison.
- Green Goblin appears in the Spider-Man virtual pinball game for Pinball FX 2 released by Zen Studios.
Other Marvel games
- Green Goblin appears as a playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 voiced by Armin Shimerman. His Thunderbolts design is his default costume and Hobgoblin's Secret War design is an alternate costume. He is among the supervillains controlled by the S.H.I.E.L.D. Control Nanites. During the fight at a chemical factory owned by Stark Industries, Green Goblin, Bullseye, Lady Deathstrike and Venom end up going rogue when the Control Nanites take on a mind of themselves. The heroes fight him and Venom while Nick Fury disarms the bombs. The heroes fight Green Goblin and Venom again in Wakanda. When they are defeated there, Green Goblin and Venom are freed from the control and can be playable. In the PSP, Wii and PS2 versions, Green Goblin fights the heroes in Prison 42 alongside Scorpion.
- Green Goblin's design is seen as one of Firebrand's alternate costumes in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- Green Goblin appears as a boss and a playable villain character in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online voiced by Yuri Lowenthal.
- Green Goblin is available as downloadable content for the game LittleBigPlanet as part of "Marvel Costume Kit 4".
- Green Goblin is featured as a boss in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- Green Goblin appears as a villain in Marvel Heroes.
- Green Goblin will appear in Lego Marvel Super Heroes with the original version voiced by Nolan North and the Ultimate incarnation voiced by John DiMaggio. In the game, he will have the ability to change from the classic version into his Ultimate Spider-Man TV show counterpart and back again at will. Also, the Avengers seem to be unaware that he is Norman Osborn since they did not know why he went to OsCorp.
- Green Goblin appeared in the 2011 musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
- Green Goblin was released in 1994 as part of Series 3 of Toy Biz's Spider-Man: The Animated Series Line. An interesting note is that while the figure is based upon the character's animated counterpart, it features a glider molded after the one used by then current Green Goblin from the comics, Harry Osborn.
- Toy Biz released a total of eight Green Goblin figures for their Spider-Man: The Movie toy-line. Including a highly detailed super poseable figure, which was sculpted by Gentle Giant, LTD.
- Green Goblin is the eighth figurine in the Classic Marvel Figurine Collection.
- Green Goblin has been featured twice as the Twelfth and Sixty-Sixth figure Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select line.
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