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Spider-Man, Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe)

Site Rating: 60%
(ratings: 4)
Writeup Rating: 73%
(ratings: 3)
Film: Spider-Man (2002)
Deceased Character: Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed with: Glider



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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 4th Sep 2005

Following a disastrous self trail of a new formula, Oscorp founder Norman Osborn is driven insane and becomes the Green Goblin. He has terrorised the city, but has been hindered throughout by Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man.

The final fight scene sees Osborn and Parker square off in a derelict house. Parker beats the crap out of Green Goblin but hesitates when Osborn's personality manages to filter through, and he begs Spider-Man to help and forgive him.

This benevolence does not last long though. As Spiderman is explaining that he must pay for his crimes, the Green Goblin has surreptitiously moved his glider directly behind Spider-Man. He fires the glider straight at Spider-Man, in the hope of killing him on the rather large spikes that protrude from the front of the glider.

Spider-Man's spider sense was tingling though, and he was aware of the danger. With perfect timing, Spider-Man skilfully backward somersaults over the rapidly advancing glider to safety.

The Green Goblin's plan was not well thought out as, with Spider-Man out of the flight path, he has become the next thing it will hit. In my opinion the speed of the glider was such that, that even if it had hit Spider-Man, it would have carried on and impaled the Green Goblin regardless.

The blades impale Osborn and have enough force to punch through the brick wall of the house, pinning the Green Goblin to it. Needless to say, this is enough to kill the Green Goblin.



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This review has 12 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Mr. Briggs Incorporated' (reply to this comment)
Is the fact that the glider would have killed Osmond anyway the reason you have not put Spider-Man down as the killer?

Perhaps this is a "Dilemma" or a "Contrived-Self-Defense"? "Crushed by Falling Object" also, but the death is not directly influenced by that.
Comment 2 by 'Mr. Briggs Incorporated' (reply to this comment)
"Projectile"?
Comment 3 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Sheesh, triple-posting.

Would "Former Friends" or the "Drugs" that made Osborn turn into his goblin personality work?
Comment 4 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Former Friends, yes. Drugs, no. The drugs only indirectly caused his demise, and they themselves played no part in his death scene.
Comment 5 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
But Bluffer kept Shakma under "Drugs". How about the others.
Comment 6 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
> But Bluffer kept Shakma under "Drugs". How about the others.
For me, the timescale involved is relevant. Shakma was drugged and a few hours later was dead. Had he survived for longer (eg: like the Green Goblin) I'd have been less inclined to assign the drugs category.
There are no cast iron rules though, there will always be grey areas.
Comment 7 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Is Former Friends going to be added?

What about Accidental? I don't think he intented to be killed by the glider. (although, how was he planning to escape?)
Comment 8 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
Nah, i don't think we can class osbourn as a friend of Peter Parker's - if anything he was just a father figure. There is very little development of their relationship in the film and it is only Osbourn's regret that his son is not more like Parker.

As for accidental, i am not so sure. He is a victim of his own trap, which was executed with his complete knowledge. That Parker avoided it, does not make it an accident. Now, if it had shot off and hit a building, which cause a large block of stone to fall onto Osbourn, that would indeed be accidental to my mind.

Comment 9 by 'luke-jones' (reply to this comment)
He should 'definently' also be in Accidential.
Comment 10 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
[quote Matt]What about Accidental? I don't think he intented to be killed by the glider. (although, how was he planning to escape?)[/quote]I guess he figured Peter's body would halt the glider's momentum long enough for him to move out of the way. One human body (not to mention a brick wall) halted it, after all.

[quote Mr Mouseburger]Nah, i don't think we can class osbourn as a friend of Peter Parker's - if anything he was just a father figure.[/quote]They were still at least casual acquaintances in as Peter and Norman, and wouldn't have come to blows if Peter weren't Spider-Man and/or Norman weren't the Green Goblin.

[quote Mr Mouseburger]He is a victim of his own trap, which was executed with his complete knowledge. That Parker avoided it, does not make it an accident.[/quote]Well, he still clearly didn't intend to kill himself, so it's not suicide. from his point of view it would sure be an accident. winking smiley
Comment 11 by 'Sfgbbksfblsnf' (reply to this comment)
THE GREEN GOBLIN NEVER DIES IN THE COMICS
Comment 12 by 'Bruno Costa' (reply to this comment)
In the movie "Spider-Man", Norman Osborn's last words was: "Peter, don't tell Harry."