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Insider Appears To Confirm Marvel’s Big Norman Osborn MCU Plans

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Think back to 2002. How old were you? Yeah, I feel old now too. But back then, Spider-Man was none other thanTobey Maguire. And Willem Dafoe played Norman Osborn (aka The Green Goblin).


Not only has Dafoe’s portrayal of the character been turned into a meme (You know, I’m something of a scientist myself) it now looks like Marvel Studios is working with Sony – who own the rights to Spider-Man – to include him in the MCU going forwards.


The apparent leak comes from Hollywood insider Daniel R, who wrote: “Marvel wants Norman Osborn, they have big plans for him in the MCU beyond Spider-Man which is another reason why they’ll try their best to extend their contract with Sony.”

This could be a real game-changer.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is jam-packed with some memorable (and not-so-memorable) villains. From Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash to Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull, Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, we’ve seen them all.

A new theory suggests that James Spader’s Ultron survived his movie death and is currently living inside fan-favourite character, Vision.

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Only appearing in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spader voiced the psychotic piece of Stark tech that took on a life of his own. The climax of the movie had a showdown between the rotten robot and the rest of the Avengers, apparently leading to Ultron’s death when Vision blasted him with the Mind Stone.

Don’t ask us why, but Reddit user EmperorJoker is obsessed with the tin man coming back to life and causing more trouble for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The simple explanation is that Ultron is AI and therefore can’t die — simple enough I guess.

Away from the idea that Ultron hopped into a drone and flew off to become part of Google Street View, the idea that he became part of Vision is a much more interesting one.

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Considering Vision was the one who destroyed Ultron, it would add another layer to the character if the tech tyrant was living inside him.

Ultron’s original purpose was to protect Earth from extraterrestrial threats — oh, like a certain Mad Titan called Thanos — so he would’ve probably known Josh Brolin’s purple brute was on the way to collect the Infinity Stones. Hiding inside Vision and waiting for the world to be brought to its knees would be a pretty clever way for Ultron to rise back into power.

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The MCU is no stranger to bringing back fallen bad guys. We’re still banking that Cate Blanchett’s Hela is still alive after Thor: Ragnarok, and we all saw how Red Skull returned to the world of the MCU after he was seemingly killed in Captain America: The First Avenger.

That being said, would it really add anything to bring Ultron back? Being the ultimate villain of a move as big as Avengers: Age of Ultron gave Spader’s version more than enough time to shine. Also, there is another big problem with the theory that Ultron is alive inside Vision — Vision is currently dead!

I guess we’ll just have to see how this one pans out in Avengers 4 and the upcoming Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay

Senior Editorial Manager