Tom Holland “Got Really Scared” When He Met Willem Dafoe

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Now that the first Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer — which dropped on August 23, 2021 — has confirmed that Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin will be one of the Spidey villains to appear in the conclusion to the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy, leading man Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) can finally do his favorite thing and reveal on-set secrets.

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Holland recently spilled details about his shock upon meeting Dafoe for the first time, completely by surprise:

“It’s actually a funny story when I met Willem for the first time. Obviously, at that time, all of the villains in the film, it was a huge secret that they were in the film. So they would walk around set with these cloaks on. Naturally, these guys were very excited to be coming back and bringing these roles back to life,” Holland revealed. “I just sort of bumped into this guy in a cloak. I was like, ‘Watch out, mate.’ He took his cloak off, and I almost got really scared — Oh sh**, the Goblin’s here.”

Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin in "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (2021)
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Dafoe portrayed Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s (Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness) Spider-Man trilogy that starred Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The films released between 2002 and 2007.

Maguire and Dunst’s involvement in No Way Home has been denied, but many Marvel fans are convinced that the duo — along with former Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield — will make cameos, breaking the “Spider-Verse” wide open.

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Although Holland didn’t go so far as to confirm details of how the Marvel Multiverse will play into No Way Home, he did share his excitement about working with legendary actors from the super hero franchise:

“It was interesting having those guys come in because they have a certain ownership over Spider-Man in their own way, and…I’m talking about Alfred [Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus] and Jamie [Jamie Foxx as Electro] and those guys. To see Alfred come in, and have to adapt and change to the way that the films are made, but also change director, and also [the fact that] I’m now Spider-Man. It was really interesting to see these actors adapt and change what they were doing to fit the modern era.”

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Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17, 2021.

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Joining Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

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Holland and Zendaya (MJ) are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus) in the film.

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