Spiderman: Homecoming officially announced to be released later in 2017. Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, fans were excited at the prospect of a solo Spider-Man film finally sharing the same universe as his Avengers counterparts. There’s also been just as much buzz surrounding Michael Keaton’s villainous Vulture character, marking the actor’s first Marvel film and third bird-related role. If there’s one thing that hasn’t been highlighted as much, however, it’s the live action introduction of the character Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon).
While it’s clear from the trailer that Leeds discovers Peter Parker’s identity as Spider-Man, his exact involvement in the film up to this point has been unclear. New information recently provided by Holland, however, may help to paint a clearer picture of just how the character fits into the MCU version of Spider-Man.
Via Heroic Hollywood, Holland revealed that in Spider-Man: Homecoming, his character is given a new suit by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), he’s apparently confused by the advanced technology that comes with the outfit. This is where Leeds comes into play, and he helps Parker tap into the difficult technology using his “gamer” history. Holland’s complete remarks regarding Leeds can be read below:
“Luckily enough, my best friend in the movie, Ned Leeds, is a complete gamer. And using the Dell Inspiron 15 we were able to tap into the suit and find out some of its cool new exciting features.”
This fits with what types of new technology were revealed in the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, including the long-awaited web wings. It seems that instead of electing to tell yet another origin story (which would have been the third time on the big screen), the first solo Spider-Man film from Marvel seems like it’ll be see Parker contend with learning to perfect his abilities and combine them effectively with the technology that Stark gifts him.
It’s certainly a positive thing as well that Batalon’s Leeds character will have more involvement than just a generic best friend role, and it’ll help set Spider-Man: Homecoming apart from the previous Spider-Man films in actually giving Parker a team of sorts if Stark is included as well. Mixed with what will be a first-time appearance of Vulture in live-action form as well as Keaton’s involvement, and the film is shaping up to be a decidedly different affair than previous efforts.
There may be a certain portion of the comic fanbase disappointed that Parker doesn’t figure out the technology himself, given his status as a genius in nearly all tech fields in the comics. Still, he’s also been known to be a little unfocused as well, so maybe it’s less a matter of intelligence and more a lack of motivation.