Jacob Batalon Confirmed as Ned Leeds in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Spider-Man: Homecoming is going to stay focused on Peter Parker in the earliest of his formative years as he struggles to find his purpose, balancing his life as a young superhero and at the same time dealing with the average, everyday pressures all teenagers endure. Along the way, the film will feature several of Peter’s friends and foes accompanying him on his journey including singer-actress Zendaya as Michelle, although she is heavily rumored to be the new Mary-Jane Watson, as well as Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Parkers notorious bully Flash Thompson.

In an interview with KHON 2 News, actor Jacob Batalon has confirmed his role as Ned Leeds, Peters best friend in the upcoming film. In the comics, Ned Leeds was first introduced as a co-worker of Peter’s at the Daily Bugle, only for him to later become a criminal mastermind and take on the persona of Hobgoblin. Since the film will take place with Peter in high school, Ned’s character has been retooled to fit into the new film version of Spider-Man from Marvel and Sony.


Well, Ned Leeds; I play Peter Parker’s best friend in the film. We are both in high school. We are about fifteen. And it’s just about Peter dealing with being a superhero and going through puberty. He still has to worry about homework. He still has to worry about his crush liking him, while trying to save someone who’s probably in a burning building. He can’t tell anyone because he’s not the cool kid, so he’s just stuck with this really cool life that he can’t tell anyone about.


An official synopsis for the film has still yet to be released so it’s hard to speculate as to which comic storyline the film will take influence from. The only thing we know for sure is that tonally, the film will take influence from the teen comedies by John Hughes in the 80’s.

The film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Donald GloverZendaya, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. with a script penned by Jonathan Goldstein and John Frances Daley, directed by Jon Watts.

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017.