This is the kind of scene they just don't make anymore. Comic book movies have gotten considerably less campy, and while for the most part that's a good thing (no one wants to see Ben Affleck doing the Batusi), we do miss out on pantomime moments like this.
After a colourful, cartoonish rampage earlier in the movie (equipped with grenades that turn people into skeletons), the Goblin’s final fight with Spidey is much darker. In a shadowy, slow motion sequence, Green Goblin pummels Spider-Man with blow after blow, only relenting when Spider-Man breaks free and yanks an old wall down on top of him.
The acting is hammy as hell in the closing monologue, but if you’re watching the old Spider-Man movies these days that’s what you’re looking forward too. Marvel is quip a minute now, but it still takes itself more seriously than it did in the early ‘00s.
It all ends when Goblin is impaled on his own board after Spider-Man backflips over it. This kind of scene has no place in the MCU these days, but it’s etched into comic book movie legacy forever.
Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.