Harry Osborn, also known as the New Goblin, is a fictional character in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film series. He is the tritagonist of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. Based on the comic book character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, he is portrayed by James Franco.
Why He Rocks
- His character is incredibly faithful to the original comics he is based on, being Peter Parker's nerdy and sometimes wimpy friend, even becoming the Goblin just like how he became the Goblin in the comic books.
- His chemistry with Peter and Mary Jane is great, especially in the third movie.
- He has a tragic relationship with his dad, as his dad spends more time at his job than with him, and his dad cares more for Peter than him.
- James Franco does an excellent job at portraying him.
- His reasoning for wanting to kill Spider-Man is well justified, as he accused him of killing his dad Norman, to later find out that Spidey is actually his best friend Peter.
- His character development got better as the films went on.
- The New Goblin design, while a bit generic, looks rather cool and is a nice different take on the classic Green Goblin design.
- During Spider-Man 2, even though he found out about Peter being Spider-Man, he still deeply has a heart of gold, as he helped him find where Doc Ock's hideout was so he could save the city, and before he found out about Peter's secret identity, he still told Doc Ock to not hurt Peter.
- In Spider-Man 3, he became the New Goblin, and it was cool seeing him fight against Spidey for a while.
- Along with gaining enhanced physical abilities from the improved performance enhancer, he's able to fly and maneuver at extreme speeds on his Sky Stick glider, and he managed to hold his own against a symbiote-influenced Peter for a brief while.
- After his fight with Peter Parker, he was knocked out and he lost his memory for a while, and went back to his friendly, playful self, and spent some time with Peter and MJ, that is until he regained his memory because of MJ.
- At the end of the third movie, Peter tried asking him to help him save MJ from Sandman and Venom. While he initially refused, his butler told him what happened to his father, and after hearing about his father's true death, he decided to go help Peter by putting on the New Goblin gear and redeeming himself from his crimes by becoming a superhero and going to help Spidey save MJ and defeat Venom and Sandman.
- His death was extremely tragic, as he was stabbed by Venom, and died in a distraught Peter's hands, completely redeeming him from his sins.
- The New Goblin design, while decent, is a little bland and can come off as "generic radical 90's snowboard ninja" or a "G.I. Joe ripoff". It would have been cooler if he wore the silver "Hobgoblin" mask shown at the beginning of Spider-Man 3.
- He can be a wimp and unlikable at times.
- His drunken rant at Peter for being a false friend by "stealing" Mary Jane from him as well as betraying the memory of his late father by not helping him turn in Spider-Man is both cruel and hypocritical.
- He was a little rushed in Spider-Man 3, due to Avi Arad forcing Sam Raimi to add him in to sell toys.
- James Franco portrays Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film trilogy: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.
- Sam Raimi originally planned for Harry to become the Hobgoblin, as in the Ultimate Universe, but was dissuaded by Sony.
- Although Harry was exposed to the Goblin Formula, he does not seem to show signs of insanity like his father Norman.