Dave Franco recently shared his thoughts on the idea of playing the MCU’s Harry Osborn – a role previously played by his brother James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.
Harry Osborn is the son of Norman Osborn, better known as Spider-Man’s arch-enemy the Green Goblin. In the comics, Harry has occasionally taken up the Green Goblin mantle for himself and more recently was cast as the force behind the demonic Kindred.
James Franco was the first actor to bring the character into live action in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, but apparently his brother is not about to follow him into the role.
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While promoting his new movie Day Shift, in which he appears alongside Jamie Foxx who previously played the Spider-Man villain Electro, Dave Franco was asked about taking on the role of Harry Osborn.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Franco was asked if there were any Spider-Man villains he would want to play. When Franco said “You tell me, you know this world better than us!” the interviewer suggested that the MCU might been in need of a Harry Osborn.
Dave Franco laughed at the suggestion, apparently feeling a little awkward about the idea of taking over a role that had previously been his brother’s. He responded:
“That’s treading in a territory that’d be a little tricky. You know what you’re saying when you say that! [laughs].”
While the Osborns don’t seem to exist in the MCU’s primary universe – Willem Dafoe’s returning version of Norman Osborn said as much when he traversed universes in Spider-Man: No Way Home – new versions of Norman and Harry are set to appear in the animated series Spider-Man: Freshman Year, which takes place in the MCU’s Multiverse.
Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the latest Spider-Man movie to hit the big screen:
“For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is umasked 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.”
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe and Jamie Foxx.
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