The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has added another big name to its already star-studded cast list, as Chris Cooper has been announced as playing the role of Oscorp CEO Norman Osborn. According to Variety, Osborn will finally be making an appearance on Amazing Spider-Man 2, after being mentioned several times in the first film.
In the comic books (and in the Sam Raimi film), Norman Osborn goes on to be come one of Spider-man’s most dangerous foes, the Green Goblin. But Amazing Spider-Man 2 already has Electro and Rhino as the villains, so it’s highly unlikely that Osborn in his Green Goblin persona will make an appearance.
What seems likely is that Osborn will serve as a mentor to Peter Parker, with the film serving as a setup (probably via a post credits scene) for his return as a villain in the third film.
Directed by Marc Webb and co-starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will open in the UK on 18 April 2014.