Why Marvel Avoided Classic Spider-Man Villains Before No Way Home

Marvel head Kevin Feige explained why Marvel Studios didn’t do a Green Goblin or Doc Ock storyline ahead of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

When Marvel Studios finally got their hands on Spider-Man, they decided to take the franchise in a fresh new direction. Not only did that mean casting a young Tom Holland in the role, but it also meant bringing new Spider-Man villains to the table for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, No Way Home finally re-introduced several villains from past Spider-Man films such as Green Goblin and Doc Ock.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige spoke with ComicBook.com about why they didn’t want to pit Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and other previously used Spider-Man villains against Tom Holland’s Peter Parker before the latest Marvel Studios film:

“When we had the chance to bring Spider-Man into the MCU with Homecoming, it was really exploring two things that had never been explored before in the Spidey movies. One was making him much younger, that he’s in his early years of high school and dealing with what it’s like to be that young and to have these powers, and to really relish the high school setting. And the other one was that it’s set within the broader Marvel universe and that there are other heroes there. So for the first few films, it was always, ‘How do we do things that have never been done before?’”

Marvel’s Kevin Feige added they had no desire to tackle a new Green Goblin or Doc Ock story until No Way Home came along, which saw Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina reprise their iconic roles:

It did not occur to us to do a new Goblin story, or to do an Oscorp story, or to do Doc Ock, or anyone that had been done before, which is why Vulture and Mysterio were really the key characters. Even as we were doing that — and I had been saying for years, even before anybody asked me what I thought — that you can’t get better than Alfred Molina as Doc Ock.”

Here is the synopsis for Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man No Way Home:

“For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.”

Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Marvel’s No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx, with Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire.

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Source: ComicBook.com