How Marvel Kept the Green Goblin a Secret for ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’
One of the most iconic films in the history of the MCU required great lengths to keep some surprises still surprises, which leads to the hilarious story of how Marvel kept the Green Goblin a secret for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
One of the clearest triumphs of Marvel’s long history is the latest installment of the MCU’s Peter Parker saga. The third film in the series has both given the franchise a fantastic conclusion, while also keeping fans immensely excited about what the future can hold.
What proved to be perhaps the greatest challenge for the film was simply trying to maintain some of the massive surprises in store for fans.
With three generations of Peter Parker set to be explored on the big screen, Marvel had attempted to keep a lid on things for as long as they could, something that was extremely difficult for what is perhaps the most theorized film in history.
For almost a year, fans speculated as to just what they would expect in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but still, Marvel never stopped trying to save their prying eyes from ruining the very big surprises.
This leads to the story of how Marvel kept Green Goblin a secret for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Willem Dafoe, in an interview on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, spoke about Marvel’s desire to keep his appearance a secret, and how it ultimately helped the movie, stating, “They did it beautifully. These Marvel movies have such a strong fan base. People are so curious about them.”
“Even when they’re being made, people are trying to figure out what’s going on,” Dafoe continued, “They decided they were going to keep some of the elements a secret, When id go to set, they put me in ta black cloak and always had me in a car with black windows. ”
“They didn’t want me hanging out any place because they didn’t want anyone to know I was in town making a movie. And I didn’t think it would work, but actually, it did. Only just before the movie was released did they start kind of hinting at things in the trailers. So it was cool.”
The cloak trick is one used by past secret appearances and has proven to work in Marvel’s history, with many fans not speculating about Dafoe’s appearance until after the first trailer.
It was well worth the wait, with Dafoe’s return as Green Goblin marking one of the most iconic aspects of the film.