Spider-Man's Tom Holland Learned He'd Battle Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin Via On-Set Run In

Spider-Man's Tom Holland Learned He'd Battle Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin Via On-Set Run In

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains several rumored spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Although Spidey can save the world from imminent doom, he can't swing from through your screen and save you from reading ahead if you want to be surprised when the threequel hits theaters this December. Read at your own risk. 

It may have taken months and months of fans endlessly harassing every single actor who had even a minor role in any iteration of all three Spider-Man franchises, but it seems our sneaking suspicions have finally been confirmed: Willem Dafoe – and basically every other villain from the past seven spidey flicks – will return to face off with Tom Holland's Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home this December, a tidbit confirmed by yesterday's trailer. 

Yet before Dafoe was blasted across the internet as one of Spider-Man's confirmed, well, foes, it seems Marvel and Sony banded their corporate powers together, attempting to keep his presence, and that of several other MCU adversaries top secret. So secret, in fact, that Holland says he didn't even know The Green Goblin would appear alongside him in the flick until he ran into the star – like, physically.

“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," Holland recalled after the trailer dropped on Tuesday.

So just how secret is a “huge secret" in the scope of the MCBTSU (Marvel Cinematic Behind The Scenes Universe)? Well, according to Holland, the identities of the villainous actors were so secret, that the actors were kept literally under wraps while filming the project. 

"They would walk around set with these cloaks on,” Holland explained of his co-stars' presumably mandatory fashion statements, a look seemingly designed to not only to give the entire set a 16th-century monastery vibe, but also to protect the cast from peeping paparazzi, secret snaps, or, more realistically, the threat of Holland spilling spoilers to the world for the umpteenth time, presumably much to the chagrin of Marvel overlord, Kevin Feige. 

Yet even with these bold looks that would make Benedictine monks weep tears of jealousy, a clumsy moment led Holland to learn that Willem Dafoe would be reprising his role as the Green Goblin, a character he first portrayed in Marvel's original 2002 Spider-Man.

“I just sort of bumped into this guy in a cloak. I was like, ‘Watch out, mate,'" he explained of his literal run-in with Dafoe. “He took his cloak off, and I almost got really scared — Oh shit, the Goblin’s here," he continued, adding that “naturally, these guys were very excited to be coming back and bringing these roles back to life."

Top Image: Marvel/Sony

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