- “You're the Spider-Man!”
- ―Ned to Peter Parker
Ned Leeds is a character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His last name is not given in the film and is not necessarily guaranteed to be Ned Leeds, a character from the comics, but he was inspired by him and is an amalgamation of various Spider-Man characters.
Ned is Peter Parker's classmate and best friend who is studying at Midtown School of Science and Technology.
Ned is introduced as Peter's best friend and classmate. Having just gotten a LEGO Death Star, Ned invites Peter to help build it, which Peter unwittingly agrees to.
That night, Ned visits the Parker Residence and waits in Peter's room due to Peter's "Stark Internship." However, Ned soon catches Peter crawling on the ceiling and revealing himself as Spider-Man, much to Ned's shock. Over the next day, Ned bombards Peter with questions regarding his abilities as Spider-Man and even requests to be his "guy in the chair." During gym, Ned blurts out to Liz that Peter knows Spider-Man, causing her to invite them to her party. Ned tries to use Peter's Spider-Man identity to increase their social standings, but Peter is forced to leave to investigate an explosion.
During said deal, Peter finds a Chitauri energy core and learns with Ned that it was fused with human technology. Peter joins the Academic Decathlon team to track down the Vulture, a supervillain using Chitauri technology to make weapons. At their hotel room, Ned disables the Spider-Man suit's tracker and training wheels and is entrusted with the core by Peter. The next day, Ned helps the team win, but while at the Washington Monument, the core's exposure to radioactivity causes it to explode and trap Ned and the team in the elevator. Luckily, Spider-Man saves the team.
Ned later attends the homecoming dance, but leaves after noticing Peter leaving. Soon, Ned assists Spider-Man in battling the Shocker and finally becomes Spider-Man's "guy in the chair" to help track down the Vulture, but is soon caught by a teacher and claims to be watching porn to cover for his activities.
Ned makes a brief appearance in which he is requested by Peter to make a distraction. Noticing an alien spaceship, Ned screams that an invasion is occurring, providing Peter with a getaway in the process. His fate when Thanos snaps his fingers and slays half of the universe is unknown.
Ned joyfully reunites with a resurrected Peter, indicating that either Ned was spared from the snap, or that Ned himself was resurrected.
Ned accompanies Peter in Peter's trip through Europe and gets caught in the middle of Peter's fight with the Elementals.
- ↑ Collura, Scott (April 3, 2017). 17 Things We Learned On The Set Of Spider-Man: Homecoming Page 2 of 2 IGN. Archived from the original on April 3, 2017. Retrieved on April 3, 2017.