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Real Name
Current Alias



Oscorp Industries

Unnamed wife (presumed deceased)
New Goblin (son, deceased)


Base Of Operations
Oscorp Industries, his apartment





Marital Status


College graduate

Drank the Goblin serum and became the Green Goblin

Place of Birth
Somewhere in America

Place of Death
Abandoned building, near Queensboro Bridge, New York

First appearance



Doctor Norman Osborn is a brilliant scientist and businessman/industrialist who is known for his contributions to nanotechnology. His son, Harry, resents his father's apparent favoritism toward his friend Peter Parker, who is a science whiz. He takes an immediate liking to Peter when he is informed that Parker can understand his work, and later admires Peter's desire to make his own way into the world, rather than accepting Osborn's help. He is the head of Oscorp, a company contracted by the Unites States military to create a new Super-Soldier. Osborn's colleague, Doctor Mendel Stromm, feels it important to reveal to the military official overseeing the project that some of the test subjects have gone insane. Hearing this, Osborn is threatened with a tight deadline. Needing to prove his formula can succeed, Osborn experiments on himself and becomes the Green Goblin. The process drives him insane however, and he kills Stromm. The military decides to give the Super-Soldier contract to another company, Quest Aerospace, and in revenge, the Green Goblin kills several high-ranked military officers and Quest scientists who were present at the test. Although Quest Aerospace's prototype was destroyed, the company decides to expand and, in doing so, assumes control of Oscorp on the condition that Norman Osborn steps down as CEO.

In retaliation, the Goblin kills the board of directors during a festival in Times Square, thus removing the last threat to his takeover of Oscorp, and inadvertently almost kills Mary Jane Watson (Kristen Dunst). His appearance at the festival also marks the beginning of his animosity towards Spider-Man. Instead of hating his new enemy, however, Norman views Spider-Man as the son he always wanted, strong and intelligent, and attempts to recruit him to his side.

The Goblin next leads an attack at the Daily Bugle to question J. Jonah Jameson for the identity of the photographer who takes pictures of Spider-Man. Peter is at the office during the attack and shows up as Spider-Man. The Goblin gasses him and takes him to a rooftop, where he offers Spider-Man a partnership and belittles his choice to become a hero, warning that eventually the city will turn against him. This starts to become true when the Bugle in response to the attack prints a story claiming the Goblin and Spider-Man are allies.

A few days later the Goblin baits Spider-Man into a burning building and asks him if he's decided to join him. When Spider-Man refuses, the Goblin attempts to kill him and eventually slips way. Norman finds out Spider-Man's identity when, while visiting his son Harry (who is Peter's roommate) for Thnaksgiving Day, he discovers that Peter has an identical wound to one he had inflicted on Spider-Man in the earlier fight. After deducing Spider-Man's identity, he decides to leave though Harry tries to stop him. Norman tells Harry to do what he wants with Mary Jane and then dump her fast, as he believes she is only interested in money as his own wife was. After hallucinating that his other persona informs him to attack Spider-Man's heart, he attacks and seriously injures Aunt May, then kidnaps Mary Jane and tells Spider-Man that he must either choose to save her or to save a group of children in a cable car. Both are thrown off the Queensboro Bridge, yet Spider-Man manages to save both the children and Mary Jane (a marked difference from the source story, "The Night Gwen Stacy Died", which ended in the death of Spider-Man's sweetheart).

After saving the children and Mary Jane, Spider-Man is lunged into an abandoned building. As the Goblin brutally beats on Spider-Man, he tells him how he will kill M.J. slowly, saying that "MJ and I, we're going to have a hell of a time" while drawing a trident. In a rage, Spider-Man attacks him, and gains the upper hand. After being defeated in their final battle and with his own personality apparently resurfaced, Norman removes his Goblin helmet to reveal himself to Spider-Man, and asks Spidey to forgive him and protect him from his Goblin persona. At the same time however, the Goblin, still controling Norman, secretly directs his glider to impale Spider-Man from behind. Norman states that he was like a father to him and begs him to be a son to him, to which Peter resorts that he had a father: Benjamin Parker.

Spider-Man senses the attack with his spider-sense and dodges, and the machine kills the Green Goblin by impaling him. Just before dying, Norman pleads Spider-Man not to tell his son about his second identity. When Spider-Man takes Norman's corpse back to his mansion, Harry sees him placing his father's dead body on a bed. Not knowing that his father was the Green Goblin, Harry holds Spider-Man responsible for his death. At the funeral, Harry swears revenge on Spider-Man.

Powers and Abilities



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Strength level

He can lift 9 tons


See Norman Osborn (Earth-616)#Weaknesses



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Goblin Glider


In the film, the Green Goblin pilots a high-tech Goblin Glider, armed with seeking missiles, machine guns and razor-sharp spears. He also wears green armor that cybernetically connects him to his glider and weapons. He is seen using three varieties of his signature "pumpkin bombs": one which is a simple explosive, one that releases a bright, radioactive flash that reduces people to skeletons, and one that splits into flying, razor-sharp blades. Rather than carrying a shoulder "bag of tricks", the weapons are contained in the glider. His suit is armed with knockout gas that is released from the wrists. His suit is also linked to the Goblin Glider, allowing him to control it remotely.


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