Chris Cooper prepares the pumpkin bombs as Norman Osborn in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′
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We have but one request: Don't put him in a Power Rangers mask, okay, Sony?
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" continues to look more and more like an actual "Spider-Man" movie with the announcement that Chris Cooper, who provided villainy to both "The Bourne Identity" and "The Muppets," will be playing the pivotal role of Norman Osborn, according to Heat Vision.
Osborn is, of course, the man destined to become the Green Goblin, the supervillain who is arguably the Joker to Spidey's Batman. Traditionally, Osborn is something of a mentor to Peter Parker before losing his mind (or whatever) and dressing up like, uh, a goblin, flying around on his goblin-glider and throwing pumpkin bombs at the poor citizens of New York City below.
The role was played by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi's original "Spider-Man" trilogy, serving as the main antagonist of the first "Spider-Man" (2002) and appearing in the two sequels as a ghostly mentor of madness to his son, Harry (James Franco). Dafoe had to endure wearing one of the most ridiculously designed costumes in the history of comic book cinema, with an absurd mask that completely covered one of the most interesting faces in Hollywood.
Really, with a mug like that, did Willem Dafoe need a mask to play the Goblin? As Chris Cooper has a pretty amazing and unique face himself, we hope he actually gets to, you know, show it.
We might be getting ahead of ourselves, though -- (of course) there's no word on whether Cooper's Osborn will actually be turning into his bad-guy alter-ego in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" or if that will wait for a future sequel (though our bet is it happens right at the end). As the film is already pretty villain-heavy with Electro and the Rhino, it's probably safe to assume that the Goblin won't be taking center stage.
Unless the producers, you know, want to have too many villains, which certainly isn't a rare scenario in comic book movies.
Cooper joins a very "Spider-Man"-ish cast of characters, including Dane DeHaan as his dear son Harry, Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro and Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich/Rhino. The returning players include Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Sally Field as Aunt May.
Now ... how about bringing on Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson, who was sorely missed in the first movie? Just bring back J.K. Simmons and everyone will be happy.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" hits theaters on May 2, 2014.