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With Spider-Man: No Way Home released across most global markets, the latest entry from Marvel is arguably the biggest event yet after Avengers: Endgame. With Tom Holland reprising his role 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 galore for past villains. However, the movie might also have set the stage for another upcoming supervillain in the future and it is going to be heartbreaking.
After Peter Parker’s identity gets revealed to the public after the events of Far From Home, the teenage hero seeks help from Doctor Strange to gain back his anonymity. However, his constant tinkering with the spell rips open the multiverse which is barely contained by the Sorcerer Supreme. Unfortunately, the effects of the spell bring back a few supervillains from other worlds along with the Spider-Men of those respective worlds, portrayed by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. As the three web-slingers joined forces to fight the villains, they also share a few brief moments of banter while developing the cure for each of the supervillains. Interestingly, Marvel decided to drop a subtle easter egg for the future of Ned Leeds which has left the fans surprised.
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During the conversation between the three Spider-Men, Ned decides to chat up with Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker to ask if he has any best friend. When Maguire’s Parker reveals the tragic tale of Harry Osborn (James Franco) during the events of Spider-Man 3 (2007) when Harry took up the mantle of Green Goblin and tried to kill Peter, only to die in his best friend’s arms, Ned is left dumbfound as he believes the same fate awaits him. The story left him terrorized to the point that he promised Holland’s Peter Parker that he will not turn into a supervillain and try to kill him in the future.
In the comics, Ned Leeds has taken up the mantle of the supervillain Hobgoblin, albeit being 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 release of the movie which makes this story highly plausible in the near future.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home is released across theaters.