Spider-Man: No Way Home no longer sits shrouded in shadow as the MCU blockbuster continues its run in theaters worldwide. The Spidey threequel has quickly become one of the most beloved comic book movies of all time, as three generations of Marvel's wall-crawler took on villains from across the Multiverse, fronted by Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin.
Dafoe reprised his role as Norman Osborne nearly 20 years after his last time as the character, doing so in terrifying fashion. The actor returned this time to torment Tom Holland's Peter Parker in the record-breaking blockbuster, but he was ultimately sent back to Tobey Maguire's Spidey universe upon the film's conclusion.
Dafoe's iconic villain did not leave the MCU lightly though. The big baddy made sure to leave his mark on Holland's Marvel hero and the world around him, leaving a lasting impact on the lifeblood of this on-screen universe.
Now, more than a month after No Way Home's debut, Sony is celebrating Dafoe's return as Green Goblin with a new piece of marketing.
Willem Dafoe is Green Goblin
A new promotional video for Spider-Man: No Way Home highlighting Willen Dafoe's Green Goblin released on the film's official Twitter page.
The short fifteen-second clip features clips of Dafoe's iconic villain in his most unsettling moments from the MCU Spidey threequel.
The footage marks the first time some of these scenes have been featured in any promotional images, making them the best looks at the character outside of seeing the movie in a theater.
Alongside Dafoe's Norman Osborn in the video is Tom Holland's Peter Parker. Part of that footage shows Peter's spidey-sense going haywire as he realizes that the Goblin has taken over Norman's body.
Holland's web-slinger can be seen in the promo video as Dafoe's Goblin maniacally says, "Peter, Peter, Peter. No good deed goes unpunished," a line that fans will know comes right before the death of Aunt May.
Watch the full video below:
Willem Dafoe is THE Green Goblin. See his return in #SpiderManNoWayHome, now playing exclusively in movie theaters. pic.twitter.com/CojT0lQyyP
Celebrating an Icon
As the header above indicates, this video is simply to celebrate the icon that is Willem Dafoe. Sure, Sony Pictures wants to drum up even more ticket sales for the golden goose that is No Way Home, but this short promo is also to throw the flowers to one of the original stalwarts of the comic book movie genre.
Back in 2002, Dafoe redefined what it meant to be a comic book movie villain, and some would argue that he was even more iconic in his return to the role in No Way Home. While some have pushed that Dafoe should be on the Oscar campaign trail for his work in the MCU Spidey threequel, he will go down for being even more of an icon than he already no matter what hardware (if any) he takes home.
Something to note here is the fact that Green Goblin even got one of these little mini-trailers fully focused on him. Could this be the start of a bigger trend as No Way Home slowly climbs the all-time biggest movies leader board?
If this is just the start of a bigger collection, will fans get to see some of the best moments from Jamie Foxx's Electro and Alfred Molina's Doc Ock? Perhaps! Or how about the work of the two other Spider-Men (played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield)?
It is rare that the marketing material after a movie starts to dwarf that of its lead-up, but it feels like that is the case with NWH. With a movie that has as much packed into as No Way Home, it is justifiable that the actors, crew, and Sony Pictures marketing department get to take a bit of a victory lap.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters worldwide now.