10 Best Green Goblin Versions From The Comics, Ranked
The Green Goblin is known as one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains, if not the greatest. Appearances in Sam Raimi Spider Man movies and now Spider-Man: No Coming Home popularized the character to the general public, but longtime comic book readers have known the Goblin from amazing spider man #14 in 1964.
While the Goblin’s identity was originally a mystery, he was later revealed to be Norman Osborn. Since then, several people have used the Green Goblin title, including Norman’s son, Harry. Fans can also look beyond the barriers of main Marvel Comics continuity to find weird and fascinating alternate versions of Norman and the Green Goblin.
ten Norman Osborn hired The Jackal to create clones in Life Story
In Spider-Man: Life Story, the events of the Marvel Comics Universe unfold as time passes realistically. In the 1960s, Peter battled the Green Goblin as he had in the main 616 universe. In 1966, Norman discovered Peter’s identity and attempted to convert him into his heir using his Goblin Formula. Norman was eventually defeated and spent the majority of his life in prison.
Norman always had a huge ego, but he was on full display in life story. In an effort to keep his Osborn legacy alive, Norman hired Miles Warren to create clones of himself and Peter. His clone was eventually destroyed by his son, Harry, and after learning of his son’s death in 1995, Norman cursed Peter before succumbing to a fatal heart attack.
9 The Goblin of 2099 wanted to be the hero of Nueva York
Jennifer D’Angelo, presented for the first time in Spiderman 2099, was a priest in Downtown, Nueva York, the New York of the future. A powerful corporation known as Alchemax has turned parts of Nueva York into police states. Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099, frequently fought Alchemax, but he wasn’t the only one who wanted to be a hero.
Jennifer donned a green suit and purple hood and became the Goblin, determined to take Spider-Man’s place as the hero of Nueva York. She spread lies about Spider-Man to the criminal underworld and teamed up with the Vulture to destroy him. Miguel tried to show Jennifer that by attacking her she had become a villain, not a hero.
8 Phil Urich was a more heroic goblin
Several characters have worn the Green Goblin mask, but some fans may not know Phil Urich, the nephew of Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich. While investigating a story at Oscorp, Phil fell into a vat of Goblin formula and donned Norman’s old Goblin gear. He used his new gifts and gadgets to save his uncle’s life.
Afterward, Phil became a heroic Goblin, teaming up with heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil. Phil quickly retired his Goblin persona, but not forever. During Dan Slott ASM run, Phil became the new Hobgoblin under Kingpin’s control. Phil’s time as a Goblin was less memorable than Norman’s or Harry’s, but is no less pivotal to understanding the full backstory of the Green Goblin character.
seven The MC2 universe featured many green goblins
Spider-Man has fought the Green Goblin several times in Marvel continuity, and many of those encounters have remained the same throughout the MC2 universe. However, a big difference in this universe was the birth of Mayday and Benjy: the children of Peter and Mary Jane. Norman Osborn fought Peter one last time before dying in an explosion.
Mayday developed spider powers like her father and became Spider-Girl. Norman’s grandson, Normie, continued his family legacy by becoming the new Green Goblin. Moose DeJunae, Normie’s wife, became the goblin queen. Mayday and her allies succeeded in overthrowing the Osborn Empire with the defeat of Normie and Élan.
6 Norman Osborn bonded with Carnage to become the Red Goblin
After Norman Osborn was injected with a series of nanites that made him immune to his own Goblin formula, he became desperate to rekindle his Green Goblin madness to defeat Spider-Man. In his desperation, he acquired the Carnage symbiote and bonded with it, merging the goblin’s mad spirit with the symbiote’s chaotic nature, creating the Red Goblin.
In the problems that led to amazing spider man #800 and the centennial issue itself, Red Goblin was seemingly unstoppable. The red goblin was immune to fire and could create pumpkin bombs made from symbiotes. Peter was forced to bond with the Venom symbiote to stand a chance against him.
5 Osborn ran the underworld of New York in Spider-Man Noir
The Norman Osborn of Black The universe had a similar origin story to DC Comics’ Killer Croc. In his youth, Norman was called a monster because of his yellow eyes and green reptile skin. He joined the circus as a child but dreamed of earning respect as a crime boss in New York. After entering the criminal underworld, Norman became known as “The Goblin” due to his appearance.
The goblin first appeared in Black Spider-Man miniseries where he ordered the Vulture to kill Peter Parker’s uncle. After Parker became the vigilante Spider-Man, the two shared a personal feud that ended in Norman’s eventual demise in issue #4.
4 Ultimate Osborn transformed into a goblin-like monster
In the Ultimate universe, Norman Osborn attempted to develop a Super Soldier serum at Oscorp, testing his “OZ” formula on animals. A spider infected by OZ bit Peter, giving him his classic spider powers. Norman attempted to replicate this process by taking the OZ formula himself, but was unfortunately turned into a goblin-like monster.
The Ultimate Green Goblin looked nothing like the 616 Goblin. Instead, he was a massive, green creature that looked a lot like the Hulk. The Goblin has battled Spider-Man and the Hobgoblin multiple times, seemingly dying several times, but always coming back to prove himself superior to Peter.
Harry Osborn had the misfortune to be born to a father like Norman, who constantly saw Harry as a disappointment for the surname. Despite Norman’s poor parenting skills, Harry looked up to him and even covered for him when he found out he was the Green Goblin. Harry’s life spiraled out of control as he turned to drugs and his relationship with MJ crumbled.
After discovering a secret cache of Goblin gear, Harry became the new Green Goblin, vowing revenge on Spider-Man for ruining his father’s life. Despite many wicked acts as a Goblin, Harry’s true self prevailed when he rescued MJ, his son, and Peter from a burning building before succumbing to the deadly effects of his father’s Goblin Formula.
2 The Green Goblin wielded the Infinity Gauntlet
Many heroes and villains have wielded the Infinity Gauntlet with all six Infinity Gems. According to the wearer, worlds have been destroyed and universes have been saved due to this power. However, what if Norman Osborn greedily got his hands on this weapon? What if? Infinity: Reign of Darkness answered that question when the Norman Osborn from an alternate reality ordered his Dark Avengers to obtain the Infinity Gems.
With the full power of the Gauntlet, Osborn attacked Asgard and destroyed Earth’s heroes, reshaping and ruling the world afterward. Despite being the most powerful being in his reality, Osborn’s own ego became his downfall, as it had in many other universes.
1 The Original Green Goblin Made Things Personal
While the Green Goblin was first introduced in amazing spider man #14, Norman Osborn wouldn’t make his first full appearance until #37. Norman Osborn is one of Marvel’s most prolific villains. He didn’t just commit crimes and fight Spider-Man when their paths crossed. He made it personal, discovering Spider-Man’s secret identity and attacking his loved ones.
Norman and Peter share a personal feud that runs deeper than any of Spidey’s other villains (except maybe Doc Ock). Harry’s past manipulations, assaults on Peter’s friends and the murder of Gwen Stacy prove that when Norman enters the picture, readers can expect suspense and tragedy in the pages of amazing spider man.
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