In The Amazing Spider-Man, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) works for OsCorp Industries and every Spider-Man fan knows what significance OsCorp has in the Spider-Man mythology. OsCorp is run by Norman Osborn, father of Peter Parker’s best friend Harry, and who eventually becomes Spider-Man’s arch nemesis the Green Goblin, the villain responsible for Gwen Stacy’s death.
In The Amazing Spider-Man we are told Norman is dying and Connors’ research involving cross genetics is supposed to cure Norman. There’s more than a good chance that Norman will appear in the The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and very likely will turn in to the Green Goblin.
This article will focus on the top five actors who could play Norman in the sequel, having the enviable task of trying to outdo or even just live up to Willem Dafoe’s great performance in the first Spider-Man film.
5. Jon Hamm
Hamm is an actor of many masks, to use an expression Captain Stacy uses in the film. We know him very well as Don Draper from Mad Men. He successfully plays the cool, economical Don in the present as well as the more wholesome Don from his younger years. He’s also shown his comedic chops on Saturday Night Live and in Bridesmaids. It would seem Hamm has the range to pull off almost anything.
Norman Osborn is a mysterious figure, particularly in how he’s set up in this new franchise. Hamm can play mysterious very well. He’s also charismatic and confident enough to make us believe in Norman’s power for a company, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see Hamm effectively playing up Norman’s sinister nature.
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