Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Gives Tobey Maguire's Green Goblin Quote a Clever Twist

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By Klein Felt

Spider-Man: No Way Home is almost here and the movie-going world can hardly wait. The Spidey treequel isn't just another silver screen wall-crawling adventure, as No Way Home breaches Multiversal lines

The end of this initial Tom Holland trilogy will seek to incorporate villains (and perhaps heroes) from the character's theatrical past. A couple of these have made their way into the two trailers for the project, including Alfred Molina's Doc Ock, Jamie Foxx's Electro, and Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin.

Dafoe's character set the standard for modern comic-book movie villains back in 2002, and - accompanied by his glider and upgraded suit - will look to go a second round with the web-head. 

In the latest trailer for No Way Homefans got the first taste of the Goblin's voice in the upcoming film with a bit of dialogue that may sound a little familiar for those who have been around since day one.

Goblin Repeats Himself

In the second trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin uttered a line that is eerily similar to one the character says his first appearance in Spider-Man (2002).

In the trailer, Goblin can be heard cackling, "Peter, you're struggling to have everything you want while the world tries to make you choose."

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The sentiment of this line closely resembles that of a speech the Goblin gives while holding Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson and a tram full of people off the edge of the Manhattan Bridge. The Spider-Man villain exclaims "Make your choice, Spider-Man. And see how a hero is rewarded... We are who we choose to be" before letting go of both MJ and the tram car.

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"Make Your Choice, Spider-Man"

It is hard to tell what exactly this cinematic symmetry means. On one hand, fans have not seen who Norman Osborn is talking to when he says this line in the No Way Home trailer. Of course, he is talking to Spider-Man, but which one?

If, in fact, Tobey Maguire is back playing Peter Parker in this film, then this could actually be something intrinsically tied to the plot of this new movie.

However, it could also just be a case of the core tenants of a good Spider-Man story coming being uttered by the same person. Spider-Man works best when his two lives intersect, something that is evident in the Manhattan Bridge rescue in Sam Raimi's 2002 film. That choice of being the hero Spider-Man and being the person Peter Parker is nothing new to this character. 

Really, it is only the concept of "choice" that is mirrored in both these lines, so it is likely the latter here and is simply a common theme of Peter Parker and his alter ego being touched on once again. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters in just a few weeks, on December 17, 2021. 

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