Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: No Way Home remains as popular as ever after its physical and digital home release, largely thanks to its ties to both previous live-action wall-crawler universes. With Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and a handful of their villains crossing over into the MCU, No Way Home became arguably the biggest solo hero crossover event Marvel's ever delivered.
While the Multiversal elements of No Way Home were certainly the headliners, Peter Parker's close friendships with Ned Leeds and MJ Watson helped the core hero on his journey to fully become Spider-Man. Ned even found himself discovering his newfound abilities with magic after the trio stole Doctor Strange's Sling Ring, leading to the film's third act bringing in Maguire and Garfield.
Ned's skills with the Sling Ring added a new dynamic to his character in his fifth MCU movie as fans saw the excitement he felt from helping Peter and the other two Spider-Men cure the villains and fix the Multiverse. Now, as a part of No Way Home's home release, Marvel and Sony give fans a new version of Ned's portal opening prowess.
Ned's Magic in Tobey and Andrew's Worlds
Sony Pictures' YouTube channel shared a behind-the-scenes featurette from the home release of Spider-Man: No Way Home. This one centers on Jacob Batalon's Ned Leeds, with different shots of the character using Doctor Strange's Sling Ring to explore other universes.
This mock trailer for No Way Home is titled "Ned's Bogus Adventure," taking inspiration from the classic 1989 movie Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and its 1991 sequel, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.
After showing moments from all three of the MCU's Spider-Man films, Ned portals himself into the wrestling match from 2002's Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire. After asking "Is that Peter down there?," Ned watches Randy Savage's Bonesaw McGraw beat the daylights out of Maguire's Spidey in his classic homemade suit.
Ned then moves to 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where he sees Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker kissing Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy on stage at graduation. As Stan Lee makes his cameo appearance in that film, Ned offers the sentiment of "Graduation. Classic."
The third movie included in the featurette is 2004's Spider-Man 2, as Ned sees Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus balancing himself on the train during his fight with Maguire's Spider-Man.
After Ned sees Doc Ock in the portal, he's transported into the overpass above the train tracks where Tobey Maguire zooms past him through the cracks in the railing.
Other footage shows Ned revisiting the Homecoming dance from Spider-Man: Homecoming along with short clips from that film and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The full video can be seen below:
Ned Shines in Extra Spider-Man Content
Jacob Batalon had the opportunity to play his biggest role yet in the MCU as he took Ned into uncharted territory during Spider-Man: No Way Home. From his new venture into doing stunt work as an actor to his character's development as a friend and a hero during the story, Batalon made his mark on the film even alongside an all-star cast of returning veterans.
This new feature only adds to how fun his role was in the threequel as it shows him using his newfound magic powers to explore iconic moments from past Spider-Man films.
It's unknown if more footage from this featurette will become available for viewing in the future, although this short bit alone shows a hilarious look into Ned's curiosity as he explores these three movies. Ned seeing Tobey Maguire's fights against Bonesaw and Doc Ock while also watching Andrew Garfield's Spidey graduate from high school certainly puts into perspective just how vast the Multiverse is.
As for Ned's future in the MCU, it's unknown whether fans will see him or Zendaya's MJ come back in Sony and Marvel's planned second trilogy for the web-slinger.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now available for purchase digitally and physically.