Tom Holland with Jacob Batalon

Ned Leeds – Spider-Man: No Way Home

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How To Be A Basic Best Friend: Ned Leeds


Ned Leeds with Peter Parker
Ned Leeds with Peter Parker

Ever wished that the mild-mannered Peter Parker caught a break in his life of misfortunes? After losing his Uncle, mentor/father figure, and social life this teenager deserves a sense of normal. Especially after Spider-Man: No Way Home in which he essentially loses everything he holds dear to him? That is where Ned Leeds takes the lead. 

Presenting the one and only: a normal best friend in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. Forget the friendships of Luis and Scott, Nakia and Kamala, Steve and Bucky, or even Tony and Rhodes. 


Spider-Man: No Way Home – All Talk, Little Magic


Ned Leeds is the only character in the entire MCU that is as normal as a person can be. He is not a violent man. He does not impose himself on anyone. He does not demand anything from anyone. Ned Leeds is the neutral gear of Peter Parker. A sponge that does not change its shape or size no matter how extraordinary a situation may be. 

“Join me and together, we’ll build my new LEGO Death Star!

Ned Leeds in Spider-Man: No Way Home
Ned Leeds wearing The Cloak of Levitation

“Dude, I got Doctor Strange magic. And I promise to you, I won’t turn into a supervillain and try to kill you.”

The fact that he is still the only friend of Peter Parker who has not turned his back on him or forsaken him is outstanding. Even after he found out that he has got magic on his side, he does not use it until absolutely necessary. 

Release Date
  • December 17th, 2021
  •  United States Of America
Primary Cast
  • Tom Holland – Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  • Zendaya – MJ
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange
  • Jacob Batalon – Ned Leeds
  • Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan
  • Jamie Foxx – Max Dillon / Electro
  • Willem Dafoe – Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
  • Alfred Molina – Dr. Otto Octavius / Doc Ock
  • Benedict Wong – Wong
  • Tony Revolori – Flash Thompson
  • Marisa Tomei – May Parker
  • Andrew Garfield – Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  • Tobey Maguire – Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Directed By
  • Jon Watts
Written By
  • Chris McKenna
  • Erik Sommers
Produced By
  • Kevin Feige
  • Amy Pascal
  • Matt Tolmach


Outstanding Levels Of Normal


No one can tell me otherwise that being the most normal character in a universe where superheroes are born almost every other day isn’t the most amazing yet boring aspect of a movie. His concerns are basic. His curiosity is basic. Even his lines feel like an NPC spewing out dialogues to fill the runtime sometimes. 

Jacob Batalon
Ned Leeds

The only character development we have seen from this CEO of sex is when he came into a relationship in Spider-Man: Far From Home and leaves that same relationship by the end of it. This man has been the most uninterested character throughout the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe and that is an achievement only the most mundane can achieve.  


Ned Leeds: The Most Basic Character Who Did Not Evolve


Although some fans may consider Ned Leeds to be their favorite character, there are good reasons why he is viewed as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most fundamental buddy. He doesn’t offer much in the way of uniqueness or depth because he is a classic high school nerd who lacks agency, character development, and distinguishing qualities. In the greater Marvel universe, he is essentially a boring and unimpressive figure, even though he might offer some comic relief.

Also Read: The Rise Of The Guardians: Learning To Have Fun

According to our Scopo-Meter, we check the following in this movie:

Category Out Of 5

FilmScopes thank the creators of the movie for providing a character so consistently normal, that the viewers may not even acknowledge his existence in the trilogy.

Spider-Man: No Way Home increases the scope for young actors who wish to enter the Marvel world, it inspires them to do better.

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