CANNES, FRANCE - APRIL 04: Jacob Batalon attends the pink carpet during the 5th Canneseries Festival - Day Four on April 04, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
TV - Movies
Ned Leeds Actor
Teases A Possible
Dark Future For
Best Friend
In “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) goes through a wringer in the movie, losing all memories of his superhero best friend. Batalon has now addressed this in a roundabout way, and the actor seems to tease a possible dark future for Spider-Man's (former) best friend.
Batalon posted a picture of himself holding a Hobgoblin action figure on Instagram, which is noteworthy because, in the comics, Hobgoblin is the supervillain identity Leeds is closely associated with. The lab scene in "Spider-Man: No Way Home" teases a potential Ned villain turn by noting that Spider-Man's friends tend to become his enemies.
It's unlikely that Batalon is unaware of this part of Ned's history in the comics or that he'd spoil something Marvel Studios has planned. Still, the fact that he acknowledges Ned's Hobgoblin connection in the first place might raise some eyebrows amongst fans.