The events of Spider-Man: No Coming Home left many questions about the future of its main characters, among them Peter’s best friend, Ned Leeds, who should become the Hobgoblin in Spiderman 4 — and one theory gives a twisted idea of how and why his transformation will happen. The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand with its highly anticipated Phase 4, which currently focuses on the Multiverse and its many dangers, some of which have been explored in Spider-Man: No Coming Home.
Set the minutes after the end of Spider-Man: Far From Homein which Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) frames Spider-Man for his murder and reveals his secret identity to the world, Spider-Man: No Coming Home saw Peter Parker (Tom Holland) ask Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to cast a spell that would make everyone forget he’s Spider-Man. The spell was botched and instead opened the gates of the multiverse, allowing villains from previous Spider-Man movies/other universes to cross into the MCU. Luckily for Peter, he was counting on help from MJ (Zendaya) and Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), but it all came at a steep price.
At the end of Spider-Man: No Coming Home, the multiverse mayhem unleashed by Spider-Man and Strange was spiraling out of control, and the only solution was to cast a spell that would make everyone forget about Peter Parker. This time the spell worked and Peter was left on his own, though it gives him a chance to start over. MJ and Ned not remembering Peter was heartbreaking, but it also opens a lot of doors for both of them, and with a fourth MCU Spider-Man movie in development, Ned should finally become the Hobgoblin, and a theory gives some idea of how it could happen, even if it’s a bit dramatic.
Ned’s Powers in Spider-Man: No Homecoming Explained
MJ and Ned were key in helping Peter deal with multiverse chaos in Spider-Man: No Coming Home, capturing some of the villains and later bringing “Peter-Two” (Tobey Maguire) and “Peter-Three” (Andrew Garfield) to this universe to team up with their Peter. To achieve this, Peter first got rid of Doctor Strange by trapping him in the mirror dimension and taking his sling ring, which he gave to Ned. As Spider-Man dealt with the villains’ escape and the death of Aunt May, Ned discovered that he could create portals with the sling ring, and he and MJ used them to locate Peter, but instead they found the other Peters.
While the sling ring isn’t an artifact that needs magic to use, it’s also not easy to master, and even Strange himself had trouble opening his first portals, but Ned achieved this with minimal effort. Ned mentioned that his grandmother says there’s magic in their family and claimed to feel tingles in her hands, hinting that Ned had dormant magical abilities – and even Strange himself was surprised at the ease with which he opened the portals.
Will Ned become a Hobgoblin in the MCU?
All this, with the end of Spider-Man: No Coming Homefueled speculation that Ned would become the Hobgoblin in Spiderman 4, finally honoring his comic book history. In the comics, Ned is not Peter’s best friend, but rather a reporter for the Daily Bugle who competes with Peter for Betty Brant’s affections. One day, after Spider-Man battled the Hobgoblin, Ned tracked the villain to a hideout, only to be captured and brainwashed by him. The Hobgoblin used Ned as a stand-in to trick the underworld into thinking Ned was the real Hobgoblin, which led to his death by the Stranger.
Ever since Ned Leeds was confirmed to be part of Spider-Man’s journey in the MCU, there’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he’ll become the Hobgoblin and when, but his friendship with Peter, of course. that comforting, delayed those plans. . However, the end of Spider-Man: No Coming Home now more than ever allows Ned to become a Hobgoblin, as his dormant magic skills have been revealed and he’s no longer Peter’s best friend, giving Marvel plenty of freedom to rebuild the character and pit him against his former best friend.
Theory: MJ is the key to Ned’s Hobgoblin transformation
While it’s now more possible for Ned to become a Hobgoblin in the MCU, the biggest questions now are how and why this transformation will happen. A theory posted on Reddit suggests that what will kick off Ned’s Hobgoblin transformation will be a love triangle with none other than MJ. With Peter out of the equation following the latest spell of Spider-Man: No Coming Home, Ned and MJ could get even closer, resulting in a romance between the two friends. The author of the theory explains that the spell will eventually be broken and MJ and Ned will regain their memories, with Peter and MJ getting back together and a heartbroken Ned seeing the woman he fell in love with reunite with his best friend.
So that might be reason enough for Ned to decide to tap into his own magic, and with the remnants of Green Goblin tech, he’ll turn into a hero to get MJ back – but things won’t go as planned. , and instead of another hero, he will become an enemy of Spider-Man, becoming a full-fledged Hobgoblin. This, then, would follow the teasing in Spider-Man: No Coming Home of Peter’s best friends from other universes turning into villains and romantic relationships get in their way as well.
Other Ways Ned Can Become a Hobgoblin in the MCU
Of course, a love triangle between Peter Parker, MJ, and Ned Leeds isn’t the only way Ned can become the Hobgoblin in the MCU, and one of the most believable ways it can happen is to mirror the Ned’s comic book story. Peter will now need a job to support himself now that he has no friends or family, and this could be the start of his time at the Daily Bugle, where Ned could also find a job. This could pit the two former best friends against each other, with Ned either having an encounter with a villain that will trigger his transformation, or him deciding to explore his magic. Ned’s transformation into a Hobgoblin in Spiderman 4 is unconfirmed, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it eventually happens, as the character now has more reason to go down this path after the events of Spider-Man: No Coming Home.
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