Four-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe has expressed his willingness to return to the Spider-Man multiverse should the right opportunity arise.

The actor is known for his iconic villain role as Norman Osborne aka Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s 2000s Spiderman trilogy and beyond, said so in a recent interview with Inverse, telling the outlet he would love to reprise the role “if everything was right.

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“I mean, that’s a great role,” Dafoe said. “I liked that it was a dual role both times. Twenty years ago and both times relatively recently [were] very different experiences but I had a good time on both.”

Dafoe’s Spidey character, Osborne, is a scientist who holds the post of CEO at Oscorp and goes insane in Raimi’s 2002 trilogy opener Spider-Man after a power-enhancement experiment goes wrong, despite Spidey’s day-to-day life being Peter Parker is the best friend of his own son Harry (James Franco). While the character met his end in that film in a failed attempt to kill Parker, Dafoe reprized the role with small appearances in the Raimi-directed sequels Spider-Man 2 and 3.

The actor most recently returned to the Spider-Verse for the 2021 multiverse picture Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which he reunited on screen with Maguire’s version of the character while embracing the version portrayed by Tom Holland in the younger version starred, scary film series.

And Dafoe certainly isn’t the only legacy star in the franchise to have expressed excitement about future installments. Maguire himself said in an interview for the book Spider-Man No Way Home: The Official Movie Special, which was released last month, that when he got the call to come back for No Way Home, he was “how finally!”

“I got the call and was immediately open to doing so. Not without nerves – you know, “What’s that going to be like and what’s going to be the experience?” But showing up and playing with beautiful, talented, creative people? It’s just like, “Yes!” It’s fun and exciting,” said Spidey 1.0.

“I love these movies and I love all the different shows,” Maguire continued. “If these guys called me and said, ‘Would you show up tonight to hang out and fool around?’ or ‘Would you show up to do this movie or read a scene or do a Spider-Man thing?’ would be it’s a “Yes!” Because why wouldn’t I want to do that?”

Dafoe’s inverse interview supported his new thriller Inside, which was published by Focus Features on Friday, following a Berlin world premiere. In Vasilis Katsoupi’s first feature film, he stars as Nemo, a high-end art thief who finds himself in a New York penthouse after his heist doesn’t go as planned. Trapped with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive. The actor’s other exciting upcoming projects include Wes Anderson’s potential Cannes premiere Asteroid City, Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu for Focus and Yorgos Lanthimos films Poor Things and AND to name a few.

While it’s still unclear what Sony plans to do with its next live-action Spider-Man film, the studio is set to release Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – its sequel to the popular, Oscar-nominated animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – on June 2nd.

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