Marvel Teases Green Goblin Return in 'Amazing Spider-Man' Comic

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After a decade of writing the character, writer Dan Slott is preparing to step down as the man in charge of Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man comic book series — but he’s going to go out with a bang (and the return of the Green Goblin).

Marvel on Tuesday announced that March’s Amazing Spider-Man No. 797, by Slott and artist Stuart Immonen, will launch the storyline “Go Down Swinging,” which the publisher called not only “the final battle” between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, but also “the biggest Spider-Man story ever.”

In a statement from the publisher, editor Nick Lowe said, “The last time we saw the Green Goblin was in [the storyline] ‘Goblin Nation’ at the culmination of [the 2012-2014 comic book series] Superior Spider-Man. You’d almost think that was the biggest Green Goblin story Dan Slott had in him. You’d be wrong.”

Lowe’s comment is somewhat misleading; while the Green Goblin persona hasn’t been seen since 2014, the man behind the mask — Norman Osborn — appeared as recently as June of this year in a storyline that saw him use the Green Goblin’s weapons and iconography for his “Goblin Army” in an attempt to grab political power in Eastern Europe. That storyline ended with the villain pledging to reclaim his costumed identity, declaring, “There is only one true Osborn identity that matters. The Green Goblin must live again!

To promote “Go Down Swinging,” Marvel released a trailer for the storyline, which teases the debut of a new Goblin character:

Amazing Spider-Man No. 797 will be available digitally and in comic book stores March 7.