Harry Osborn is a tragic figure in the Spider-Man comics. Peter Parker is basically good, Norman Osborn is basically evil, and Harry is caught in between, but eventually inherits his father’s villainous mantle; his birthright is inevitable defeat at the hands of his best friend. We don’t know if The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will follow the character’s arc from the comic, but a recent interview with the actor playing Harry, Dane DeHaan, shines a bit more light on what we’ll be seeing. We knew that in the reboot, Harry and Peter (Andrew Garfield) are old friends, and Harry has come home to help run Oscorp since Norman (Chris Cooper) is sick. DeHaan explained that it’s not just trying to walk this balance between his loyalty to his father and to his friend, but also the sinister dealings of the company.
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Speaking to Digital Spy, DeHaan talked about Harry’s character arc in the upcoming sequel:
“When you first meet Harry he’s just graduated from high school, and he has to come back to New York to help deal with Oscorp, and its legacy, and his father [Norman Osborn, played by Chris Cooper]. He also sees Peter Parker for the first time in a long time; they were childhood friends. So it’s really about Harry having a friendship with Peter and an allegiance to Peter, but also being the heir apparent to Oscorp, and having to deal with that.
“It’s becoming very obvious that all of these villains are originating from within Oscorp, in one way or the other. There are things that Harry feels he owes Peter, and things he needs from Peter, there are things he feels he needs from Spider-Man, and then there’s his responsibility to Oscorp. It’s a very complicated storyline, really cool and dynamic.”
As we saw in the trailer, one of those villains ends up being Harry as the Green Goblin, so that’s another complication in the mix. No matter how the storyline goes, at least they have a talented actor like DeHaan playing the role, I’m eager to see what he can do with this potentially great material.