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Of Spider-Man: No Way Home Released in most global markets, Marvel’s latest entry is arguably the biggest event yet Avengers: Endgame. Starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man alongside Zendaya (MJ) and Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), No way home also welcomes some familiar faces from the previous Spider-Man movies. From Sam Raimi’s Doctor Octopus, Sandman and Green Goblin to The Amazing Spider-Man‘s The Lizard and Electro, No way home was in abundance for villains of the past. However, the movie could also have set the stage for another upcoming super villain in the future and it will be heartbreaking.
After Peter Parker’s identity is revealed to the public following the events of Far from home, the teenage hero seeks the help of Doctor Strange to regain his anonymity. However, his constant tinkering with the spell tears open the multiverse barely encompassed by the Sorcerer Supreme. Unfortunately, the spell’s effects bring back a few super-villains from other worlds, along with the Spider-Men from those respective worlds, played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. As the three webslingers join forces to fight the villains, they also share a few brief moments of chatter as they develop the cure for each of the super villains. Interestingly, Marvel decided to drop a subtle Easter egg for Ned Leeds’ future, which left fans surprised.
During the conversation between the three Spider-Men, Ned decides to chat with Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker to see if he has a best friend. When Maguire’s Parker reveals the tragic story of Harry Osborn (James Franco) during the events of Spider Man 3 (2007) When Harry took on the mantle of Green Goblin and tried to kill Peter, only to die in the arms of his best friend, Ned is stunned because he believes the same fate awaits him. The story terrorized him so much that he promised Dutchman Peter Parker that he would not turn into a super villain and try to kill him in the future.
In the comics, Ned Leeds has taken on the role of supervillain Hobgoblin, although he was brainwashed into becoming the villain. While it’s unclear if Marvel Studios will ever take the same route, the stage is set for Peter Parker’s best friend to join the dark side. Interestingly, both Holland and Batalon also joked about it prior to the film’s release, which makes this story highly plausible in the near future.