Willem Dafoe Reveals Likely Reason for Green Goblin's Costume Change in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'

More than a month after the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans are still excitedly discussing the film — and it’s easy to understand why. The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings back villains and heroes from all the live-action Spider-Man movies that came before. That includes Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, who even got a new look for the occasion.

Green Goblin gets a new look in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

During a recent interview with The New York Times, Willem Dafoe speculated on why Green Goblin wore a different costume in Spider-Man: No Way Home. According to the actor, there was a decent amount of criticism surrounding the villain’s 2002 look:

“I must be honest, I am aware that there was some criticism of that mask in the original one. We heard it enough that it was probably a consideration, to change it up a little bit. I don’t think about that because I don’t think about emoting with my face. My face follows my heart. It’s just an expression of what you’re feeling.”

The powers that be at Marvel Studios certainly seem aware of audience preferences, so it’s not a bad theory. And witnessing Dafoe’s expressions throughout the film enhanced the experience significantly.

Of course, the backlash isn’t the only reason the Goblin’s new look makes sense. Spider-Man: No Way Home costume designer Sanja Milković Hays shared another insight about the upgrade.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ designer on Willem Dafoe’s costume

Willem Dafoe may be onto something with his theory about the Green Goblin’s costume change. However, designer Sanja Milković Hays also addressed the villain’s new look during a discussion with Variety. According to her, changes were made to live up to modern audiences’ expectations:

“[We] needed to respect the originals, but also bring them up to the aesthetics of what the new generation expects from us. So it is upgraded and the technology for the way it was made is very different.”

Whatever the reasoning behind the new design, fans seem satisfied with the Green Goblin’s much-anticipated return. And there’s still time to see it on the big screen.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently playing in theaters.

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