As Spider-Man 3 shoots we’re going to get plenty of rumors and spoilers. The flood has already started, with Rich Johnston claiming Theresa Russell is playing the Black Cat (he then amended his article to say she’s playing the Black Cat’s mom – without mentioning the edit. Bad form.), and now IESB claims to have some info about the presence of the Green Goblin – and whether he’s a bad guy or a good guy (there’s precedence for a good Goblin in the comic books, by the way).
The following could contain spoilers, if the info is true.
IESB first came across a site which has this information: “Designed and created the make-up concept and appliances for James Franco in "Spiderman 3" to be applied by Luisa Abel.”
They read that to mean Harry Osborn will be transformed into a Goblin-esque monster, similar to events in the Spider-Man comics. I think that’s a possible, but overly broad, reading. The make-up could be some kind of wound, or Harry could get Goblin-ed up in a Peter Parker nightmare sequence.
Still, some resolution will have to happen between Peter and Harry. Peter’s identity is compromised, and Harry found the Goblin lair at the end of Spider-Man 2. IESB did more digging and heard from a contact – supposedly on the set of Spider-Man 3 – who clears it all up:
“Rob, all the assumptions that Harry Osborn is the third villain the Hobgoblin are all wrong. Spiderman finds himself out numbered in this one. When everything seems to be at its worst for our hero, he finds himself an unlikely ally, Harry Osborn. Peter Parker’s best friend will come to his aide.”
So Harry becomes the Green Goblin to team up with Spider-Man? Interesting. IESB claims that this source is impeccable, so we’ll have to wait and see what the truth is.