THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Covers This Month’s Total Film: Plus Chris Cooper Talks NORMAN OSBORN’s Future


norman osbornThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems to be taking a viral marketing break today to allow some other Spidey news a chance to get the spotlight. The new 2014 movie preview issue of Total Film features our favorite web-slinger on the cover, ironically with Shailene Woodley standing right beside him to promote Divergent. While she may get a chance to be Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, it’s just all kinds of awkward for now.

One thing that won’t be awkward in the film is Norman Osborn. Chris Cooper is an intimidating figure, and he’ll bring plenty of menace to the Marc Webb directed sequel even if he really is just confined to a bed. Speaking with Moviefone about his role in August: Osage County, Cooper spared a few minutes talking about his other role as the Osborn patriarch. When asked if it was a relief to do a role that was lighter and more fun than he’s used to, Cooper quickly corrected the interviewer and said the tone is really that light and airy:

Um, well, when you see [laughs], when you see Spider-Man 2, you’ll realize this is the introduction to Norman Osborn, and apparently it’s going to lead to other things down the road. But an actor has to do these big tent pole productions something like once every five years. It just keeps the name alive, as some of these smaller films that may not make it around the world tend not to do.
All I can is this is a very strange introduction for Norman Osborn. I just can’t reveal why it’s that way, but this is not the beginning of Norman. It is the introduction, but it’s not the beginning, and I think that’s as far as I can go.

Norman was looking a little worse for wear in the first trailer for the film, and we saw a much younger Goblin flying around, so it doesn’t seem like he’ll be the one putting on the suit and hopping on the glider. Cooper seemed to confirm that when he said he did not do any green screen for the film. It does sound like Norman will be making a recovery by the end of Spider-Man 2 and taking on a bigger role in the third film. When asked about his experiences with green screen, Cooper let slip “the green screen work is yet to come. And maybe in the Spider-Man 3 that’ll be, that’ll be a big part.” So we can expect him to have a much larger role in the third installment. What do you think about Cooper‘s cryptic comments? What do you think we’ll be seeing from Norman Osborn over the next few years?

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