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Norman Osborn
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Name: Norman Virgil Osborn
Affiliation: Oscorp Industries
Children: Harry Osborn
Portrayed by: Chris Cooper
First appeared: The Amazing Spider-Man (mentioned)
Last appeared: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Appears in: 2 Film
"This isn't how I imagined I'd die. Looking at my son, seeing a stranger"
―Norman Osborn to his son[src]

Norman Osborn was a brilliant scientist and CEO of Oscorp Industries. He was portrayed by Chris Cooper in The Amazing Spider-Man 2,


The Amazing Spider-Man

Norman Osborn is a wealthy industrialist and is the CEO and founder of Oscorp Industries. Osborn is revealed to carry a terminal illness and is slowly dying as a result. In an attempt to try and find a cure for his condition he poured countless funds into finding a cure. In so doing he invested in the cross species genetics research of Richard Parker and Curt Connors.

However a cure was not manufactured as the serum broke down too soon to adapt to human DNA. Parker made the discovery but, fearing the untold implications, withheld it. Parker later died in a plane crash, along with his wife Mary, under mysterious circumstances. It is unknown whether Osborn had anything to do with it. Around the same time he sent his son Harry away to a boarding school.

Years later, Richard's son Peter found the formula and gave it to Connors. Dr. Rajit Ratha pressured Connors to test the serum on himself, which transformed himself into the infamous Lizard. Afterwards The Lizard was subdued by Spider-Man and incarcerated, while Ratha ceased his work with lizard DNA. No cure for Osborn's illness has since been discovered.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Norman called his son, Harry back to New York from boarding school and told him he was on his deathbed. He revealed to Harry that the disease that he was dying of was hereditary, but had been working on a cure that used Richard Parker's spider DNA. He was close to the cure but time ran out for him. He gave Harry what he knew in the hopes that he would be able to cure himself even though the spider's had been destroyed due to bad press Oscorp received thanks to Curt Connors' exploits.

Norman died the next day, leaving his fortune and company to his son.



  • Cooper was cast for the part in early 2013. He described his character as being "on his last legs" and that The Amazing Spider-Man 2, would only be his introduction with a bigger role in The Amazing Spider-Man 3.[1]
  • There was a post-credits scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but it was deleted from the final cut. The scene shows Gustav Fiers walking through the Special Projects and going to Door 3. There, you can see Norman's frozen head. Gustav says "Wake up my friend" and Norman suddenly opens his eyes.[citation needed]
  • Osborn, in other Spider-Man media, takes on the identity of the Green Goblin. However, in this universe, it is his son Harry who first becomes Green Goblin. Although due to his disease, Norman has a goblin-like appearance.
  • This is the first version of Norman Osborn that never interacts with Spider-Man.
  • Marc Webb confirmed that Norman was to appear in The Sinister Six film.[citation needed]

See Also


Webb Film Series
Films: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | Harry Osborn | Mary Jane Watson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Flash Thompson | Norman Osborn | Ashley Kafka | Rajit Ratha | Donald Menken | Felicia Hardy | Alistair Smythe | Richard Parker | Mary Parker | Kari
Enemies: The Lizard | Electro | The Green Goblin | Rhino | The Black Cat | Ultimate Goblin | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Industries | Oscorp Tower | Midtown Science High School | Beloit Psychiatric Hospital | Ravencroft Institute
Video Games: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2