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Rumor: Matthew McConaughey may be the new Norman Osborn/Green Goblin

05.20.2015

Just the other day, we learned from Matthew McConaughey that he had read scripts for both Marvel and DC projects but was not sure if he was ready to commit to a multi-film franchise. I assumed he was considering lead roles in films so it never once occurred to be that he would be in contention for a villain role.

According to unsubstantiated rumors from YouTube's The Hashtag Show, McConaughey may be lined up to take on the third iteration of Green Goblin for 2017's reboot of SPIDER-MAN. The co-venture between Sony and Marvel Studios has already been a hot project thanks to the webslinger's inclusion in next year's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If this rumor turns out to be true, McConaughey would be a huge get for the project.

To date, Willem Dafoe and Chris Cooper have played very different versions of Norman Osborn. While McConaughey would certainly be a bigger name than any of potential Peter Parkers, including lead contender Asa Butterfield, he would bring the marquee power to the film. The question remains, however: is McConaughey ready to commit to a multi-film contract? Playing Osborn doesn't mean he will have to be in every sequel or even a potential SINISTER SIX movie. In fact, he could have a Jesse Eisenberg-type deal where he can appear in large or small capacities depending on his schedule .

Matthew McConaughey has been linked with tons of roles since his Oscar win for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and his universally-praised turn in True Detective. With rumors having him possibly joining THE STAND as the villain Randall Flagg, there may not be room for him to take on this role. But, wouldn't it be alright, alright, alright if he did?

The SPIDER-MAN reboot is slated to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.

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9:41PM on 05/22/2015
I wouldn't mind introducing Osborn into the MCU and holding off on his transformation. It would help develop the character since Oscorp is such a looming presence in Peter Parker's New York. As for McConaughey, I don't really see it. He's too much of a Texas good old boy to be a New York Titan of Industry. Doesn't mean it wouldn't work.
I wouldn't mind introducing Osborn into the MCU and holding off on his transformation. It would help develop the character since Oscorp is such a looming presence in Peter Parker's New York. As for McConaughey, I don't really see it. He's too much of a Texas good old boy to be a New York Titan of Industry. Doesn't mean it wouldn't work.
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3:53PM on 05/21/2015
He should actually look really cool with his hair done up in the same way that Osborn's horizontal curls are drawn.
He should actually look really cool with his hair done up in the same way that Osborn's horizontal curls are drawn.
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2:55PM on 05/21/2015
Only in this day in age do people complain about a popular Oscar Winning actor being tapped to play an iconic villain. If Leto can be The Joker, Matt can be Osborn.
Only in this day in age do people complain about a popular Oscar Winning actor being tapped to play an iconic villain. If Leto can be The Joker, Matt can be Osborn.
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11:34AM on 05/21/2015
I know in today's superhero-crazed hollywood that success is determined on whether or not you can get a part in a superhero movie, regardless of how flawed that is. But I don't think this is a good idea. I'm sure MM could truly make the character his own. But I don't see him as the character and I'll be the one to say it, with MM's recent resurgence, he's better than a bit part as Spider-Man's nemesis in a movie.
I know in today's superhero-crazed hollywood that success is determined on whether or not you can get a part in a superhero movie, regardless of how flawed that is. But I don't think this is a good idea. I'm sure MM could truly make the character his own. But I don't see him as the character and I'll be the one to say it, with MM's recent resurgence, he's better than a bit part as Spider-Man's nemesis in a movie.
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2:54PM on 05/21/2015
It wouldn't be a bit part. Osborn is a prevalent character in the Marvel universe and was recently put in charge of The Avengers and The X-Men. He's a powerhouse player.
It wouldn't be a bit part. Osborn is a prevalent character in the Marvel universe and was recently put in charge of The Avengers and The X-Men. He's a powerhouse player.
10:41AM on 05/21/2015
I think he'd make an interesting Norman Osborn, as written in the Dark Reign storyline of Marvel Comics. Not as that guy with the huge green plastic mask in Spider-Man, but the guy who almost singlehandedly turned SHIELD inside out and made it into his personal army.
I think he'd make an interesting Norman Osborn, as written in the Dark Reign storyline of Marvel Comics. Not as that guy with the huge green plastic mask in Spider-Man, but the guy who almost singlehandedly turned SHIELD inside out and made it into his personal army.
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10:18AM on 05/21/2015
No please. Character already done before, and McConaughey needs to stick with the original concepts he's been taking on. It would be a step back for him.
No please. Character already done before, and McConaughey needs to stick with the original concepts he's been taking on. It would be a step back for him.
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8:24AM on 05/21/2015
Sorry guys, if were starting again. Then were getting another uncle ben, mary jane, aunt may and so on....
Sorry guys, if were starting again. Then were getting another uncle ben, mary jane, aunt may and so on....
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3:57AM on 05/21/2015
Another Green Goblin... thanks...
As much as this shit is repeating itself it feels like I can see the future...
Another Green Goblin... thanks...
As much as this shit is repeating itself it feels like I can see the future...
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2:52PM on 05/21/2015
Yeah they should just retire all popular fiction characters...
Yeah they should just retire all popular fiction characters...
2:28AM on 05/21/2015
Lol I love all the miserable pricks below saying this is "beneath him". Yeah because so far only hacks like Robert Redford, Tim Roth, Jeff Bridges, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Tom Hiddleston, James Spader and Josh Brolin have been unlucky enough to play Marvel Cineverse villains. Osborn is to Marvel what Lex Luthor is to DC, so I'm all for this.
Lol I love all the miserable pricks below saying this is "beneath him". Yeah because so far only hacks like Robert Redford, Tim Roth, Jeff Bridges, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Tom Hiddleston, James Spader and Josh Brolin have been unlucky enough to play Marvel Cineverse villains. Osborn is to Marvel what Lex Luthor is to DC, so I'm all for this.
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8:56AM on 05/21/2015
You could even say that Osborn is the Lex Luthor and that Green Goblin is the Joker of Marvel. Two in one.
You could even say that Osborn is the Lex Luthor and that Green Goblin is the Joker of Marvel. Two in one.
12:30AM on 05/21/2015
Wow this would be one of the worst casting decisions in decades, Mathew is so much better than a 3rd rate villain that has been done to death. Give him something good or original, not a re-imagining of some washed up crap.
Wow this would be one of the worst casting decisions in decades, Mathew is so much better than a 3rd rate villain that has been done to death. Give him something good or original, not a re-imagining of some washed up crap.
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12:55AM on 05/21/2015
It's not the Goblin's fault that he has been repeatedly misused. He is certainly not 3rd rate! But yeah he could wait a bit before reappearing [like a virgin for the very first time].
It's not the Goblin's fault that he has been repeatedly misused. He is certainly not 3rd rate! But yeah he could wait a bit before reappearing [like a virgin for the very first time].
2:29AM on 05/21/2015
It's the worst Casting choice until the next one is the worst. Are you ever not hyperbolic or do you cry about everything?
It's the worst Casting choice until the next one is the worst. Are you ever not hyperbolic or do you cry about everything?
12:27AM on 05/21/2015
Please no! I am sick of Green Goblin. He would be good as Shocker or Scorpion, but I would much rather he play a hero like Adam Warlock he is a dead ringer for him. No to Kraven either, I want Luke Evans for Kraven, hunting Spider-Man after he reveals himself in Civil War and knows who he is.
Please no! I am sick of Green Goblin. He would be good as Shocker or Scorpion, but I would much rather he play a hero like Adam Warlock he is a dead ringer for him. No to Kraven either, I want Luke Evans for Kraven, hunting Spider-Man after he reveals himself in Civil War and knows who he is.
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11:08PM on 05/20/2015
We've seen Osborn but we haven't really seen a Green Goblin yet. People have suggested McConaughy for the Joker, why not for Goblin? It's hard to improve on Dafoe as Osborn but his Goblin stunk. Apparently it was Dafoe that refused to put on the awesome latex costume they designed, with bulging yellow eyes and everything. Anyway they fucked it up wherever the fault lies. I don't want another origin but another Goblin yes.
We've seen Osborn but we haven't really seen a Green Goblin yet. People have suggested McConaughy for the Joker, why not for Goblin? It's hard to improve on Dafoe as Osborn but his Goblin stunk. Apparently it was Dafoe that refused to put on the awesome latex costume they designed, with bulging yellow eyes and everything. Anyway they fucked it up wherever the fault lies. I don't want another origin but another Goblin yes.
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10:56PM on 05/20/2015

Headline: McConaughey Says He's Read Comic Book Scripts, Internet Decides Role It'd Like Him In

No rumors, JoBlo. I ditched Latino Review for this kinda crap. Although...I could see it working, but not enthusiastically.
No rumors, JoBlo. I ditched Latino Review for this kinda crap. Although...I could see it working, but not enthusiastically.
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12:10PM on 05/21/2015
You talk as if JoBlo doesn't just wait for Latino-Review to put up an article and then use it as a source for their own articles. Joblo has been leeching off LR for almost a decade now.

You talk as if JoBlo doesn't just wait for Latino-Review to put up an article and then use it as a source for their own articles. Joblo has been leeching off LR for almost a decade now.

10:27PM on 05/20/2015
If this new film is going to be Spider-man vs. Goblin again, than they've lost my interest. I guess the studio still doesn't understand that part of the reason the Amazing Spider-man films didn't do as well as the others is because some thought it was too soon for a reboot. The one thing that would be interesting with a new film is to see a new villain.
If this new film is going to be Spider-man vs. Goblin again, than they've lost my interest. I guess the studio still doesn't understand that part of the reason the Amazing Spider-man films didn't do as well as the others is because some thought it was too soon for a reboot. The one thing that would be interesting with a new film is to see a new villain.
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10:23PM on 05/20/2015
No shit, him as Norman Osborn didn't come to my mind, but I can see him playing the character now, just really wanna see him in a comic book film period.
No shit, him as Norman Osborn didn't come to my mind, but I can see him playing the character now, just really wanna see him in a comic book film period.
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9:55PM on 05/20/2015
If they were to make him into the next Thanos for phases 4-6 then I'd be cool with it. As it stands this seems beneath mcconaughey. I don't care if he plays good or bad but he's literally in the prime of his career. He doesn't need to need to be a big name character but it just seems like this would be anti climactic. I'm onboard with him being Harvey dent though. Dazed reunion anyone?
If they were to make him into the next Thanos for phases 4-6 then I'd be cool with it. As it stands this seems beneath mcconaughey. I don't care if he plays good or bad but he's literally in the prime of his career. He doesn't need to need to be a big name character but it just seems like this would be anti climactic. I'm onboard with him being Harvey dent though. Dazed reunion anyone?
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9:53PM on 05/20/2015
If they were to make him into the next Thanos for phases 4-6 then I'd be cool with it. As it stands this seems beneath mcconaughey. I don't care if he plays good or bad but he's literally in the prime of his career. He doesn't need to need to be a big name character but it just seems like this would be anti climactic. I'm onboard with him being Harvey dent though. Dazed reunion anyone?
If they were to make him into the next Thanos for phases 4-6 then I'd be cool with it. As it stands this seems beneath mcconaughey. I don't care if he plays good or bad but he's literally in the prime of his career. He doesn't need to need to be a big name character but it just seems like this would be anti climactic. I'm onboard with him being Harvey dent though. Dazed reunion anyone?
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8:06PM on 05/20/2015
I don't really see him in the part. I mean, I'm sure he would do a good job if he were to play him, but I would rather see him play a hero or villain that he could really sink his teeth into.

I think he would be perfect for Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the new DC Batman films. He obviously has the charm and dramatic chops to pull of the duality of the character, he's played lawyers before in successful films, and his fellow Oscar co-star from Dallas Buyer's Club is Joker. So if the two villains
I don't really see him in the part. I mean, I'm sure he would do a good job if he were to play him, but I would rather see him play a hero or villain that he could really sink his teeth into.

I think he would be perfect for Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the new DC Batman films. He obviously has the charm and dramatic chops to pull of the duality of the character, he's played lawyers before in successful films, and his fellow Oscar co-star from Dallas Buyer's Club is Joker. So if the two villains were to team up (like in the Dark Knight) then the chemistry would already be there.

My personal pick for Norman Osborne/Green Goblin is Bryan Cranston. Now he is someone I could see being an excellent, terrifying Goblin.
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9:55PM on 05/20/2015
Thank you. Would someone please put Cranston into a multi film superhero role. The man deserves it perhaps more than anyone.
Thank you. Would someone please put Cranston into a multi film superhero role. The man deserves it perhaps more than anyone.
7:59PM on 05/20/2015
Let's be honest, Green Goblin's character arc has been done twice before and it doesn't necessarily require a lot of talent to pull off. Mcconaughey is better than this. A lot better.
Let's be honest, Green Goblin's character arc has been done twice before and it doesn't necessarily require a lot of talent to pull off. Mcconaughey is better than this. A lot better.
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7:57PM on 05/20/2015
he would have been a good (younger) Hank Pym.
he would have been a good (younger) Hank Pym.
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7:30PM on 05/20/2015
He'd be a great Norman Osborne. I wish he'd be Norman Osborne that create HAMMER organization and start rolling out Dark Avengers.
He'd be a great Norman Osborne. I wish he'd be Norman Osborne that create HAMMER organization and start rolling out Dark Avengers.
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7:24PM on 05/20/2015
It wouldn't surprise me one bit that Osborne was one of the many characters he was being looked at for. When it comes to the most popular villains in comic books, you have the Joker, Lex Luther, Magneto, and then Norman Osborne.

So if one of those roles he's checking out is a villain, there's no question it's Norman. Now, would he choose that role? That's a whole other can o worms
It wouldn't surprise me one bit that Osborne was one of the many characters he was being looked at for. When it comes to the most popular villains in comic books, you have the Joker, Lex Luther, Magneto, and then Norman Osborne.

So if one of those roles he's checking out is a villain, there's no question it's Norman. Now, would he choose that role? That's a whole other can o worms
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7:19PM on 05/20/2015

I am so sick of the same fucking villains

Why can't we do Spider-Man WITHOUT a Goblin for a little while? Why does every movie need to show us a new Goblin?

He should play Mysterio, Kraven, Chameleon, Scorpion or some NEW villain we have yet to see on film.

I want TASKMASTER. I think MM would kick ass at Taskmaster.
Why can't we do Spider-Man WITHOUT a Goblin for a little while? Why does every movie need to show us a new Goblin?

He should play Mysterio, Kraven, Chameleon, Scorpion or some NEW villain we have yet to see on film.

I want TASKMASTER. I think MM would kick ass at Taskmaster.
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7:33PM on 05/20/2015
I agree...let us have Kraven instead of a fourth Goblin
I agree...let us have Kraven instead of a fourth Goblin
6:54PM on 05/20/2015
I was hoping Adam Warlock
I was hoping Adam Warlock
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6:50PM on 05/20/2015

Ghost Rider

MM should play Johnny Blaze, set it in the 70's on a touring stuntman show.
Done.
MM should play Johnny Blaze, set it in the 70's on a touring stuntman show.
Done.
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6:46PM on 05/20/2015
This does sound like a crazy fan rumor as mentioned below. But I like the idea of a huge A list actor as Norman Osborn, someone who could go toe to toe with RDJ and maybe see a Dark Avengers somewhere down the road. If we're talking fan casting that wouldn't happen; Leonardo DiCaprio (despite his baby face) could bring some of his Wolf of Wall Street character into a fun diabolical Stormin Norman
This does sound like a crazy fan rumor as mentioned below. But I like the idea of a huge A list actor as Norman Osborn, someone who could go toe to toe with RDJ and maybe see a Dark Avengers somewhere down the road. If we're talking fan casting that wouldn't happen; Leonardo DiCaprio (despite his baby face) could bring some of his Wolf of Wall Street character into a fun diabolical Stormin Norman
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6:22PM on 05/20/2015
No way. This would be a waste of his talents. No point in having him retread the footsteps of 2 previous iterations. I think he should pick a role that has not been done (at least for a good amount of time) either on the villain or hero side. Wait for the right part Matt!
No way. This would be a waste of his talents. No point in having him retread the footsteps of 2 previous iterations. I think he should pick a role that has not been done (at least for a good amount of time) either on the villain or hero side. Wait for the right part Matt!
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5:53PM on 05/20/2015

Osborn himself

This does sound like a crazy fan rumor, Hot off "news" that MM has met about some comic properties. That said, my main concern is ANOTHER iteration of Osborn. Now I am all about Spidey being back home, in the safe hands of Marvel. But I'll pass on Osborn/GG again...
This does sound like a crazy fan rumor, Hot off "news" that MM has met about some comic properties. That said, my main concern is ANOTHER iteration of Osborn. Now I am all about Spidey being back home, in the safe hands of Marvel. But I'll pass on Osborn/GG again...
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5:37PM on 05/20/2015
I dunno, McConaughey has been on such a good role lately, I don't see this as good casting. Not saying he can't deliver, but Goblin lends itself to be hammed up like Dafoe's take....
I dunno, McConaughey has been on such a good role lately, I don't see this as good casting. Not saying he can't deliver, but Goblin lends itself to be hammed up like Dafoe's take....
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