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Edward Leeds, or simply Ned, was an ordinary high school student and the only friend of Peter Parker. It's unknown for how long the two teens have known each other. Ned shared Peter's love for Star Wars, but Peter's secret double life as the hero Spider-Man severely reduced the amount of time they could spend together.[1]

Ned discovered Peter's secret when one day Peter returned home from another day as Spider-Man, only to find Ned waiting for him in his room. Ned promised to keep Peter's superhero life a secret and became his confidant. Using his computer skills, Ned was able to give Peter access to all the abilities of the Spider-Man suit that Tony Stark had built for him. Ned also expressed his desire to become Peter's "guy in the chair", who would assist him during missions with information.

Ned helped Peter analyze the alien power core of a weapon confiscated from Herman Schultz and Jackson Brice, and accompanied Peter when he went to Washington DC with the school's decathlon team to try and stop the criminal Adrian Toomes from robbing a D.O.D.C truck. Ned accidentally endangered the lives of himself and several of his fellow students when he took the power core with him to the Washington Monument, unaware that the core was in fact an unstable Chitauri grenade. The grenade exploded in the elevator, but Peter was able to save everyone.

Ned got to live out his dream of being Peter's "guy in the chair" when Peter discovered Toomes was about to hijack a D.O.D.C. plane transporting weapons from Avengers Tower to the team's new headquarters, but had to rely on just his old homemade Spider-Man costume again since Stark had confiscated the high-tech suit following an incident with the Staten Island Ferry. Ned first helped Peter defeat Schultz by webbing up the thug with a web shooter Peter had dropped during the fight. He then used the school computers to track down Peter's phone, which Peter had left behind in Toomes's car, to find out the location of Toomes's lair. Ned was caught in the act by their teacher Ms. Warren, and tried to cover for Peter by claiming to be watching pornography.

Days after the dance, Ned was present when Michelle became the new academic decathlon leader. Sometime later, he was interviewed by the school news team on Spider-Man's identity and claimed that it will always be a mystery.[1]

Months later, Ned was on a field trip to MOMA and listening to music when Peter tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to cause a distraction. Ned immediately noticed an alien space ship descending upon Greenwich Village and screamed that an invasion was occurring, attracting the other students' attention and allowing Peter to make his escape. [2]

Ned was among the half of the universe that was slain by Thanos when the Mad Titan snapped his fingers. Five years later, Bruce Banner used the Infinity Stones to resurrect the fallen, including Ned, who later reunited with the resurrected Spider-Man at school.[3]

Abilities

  • Hacking: Ned was able to hack the internal computer of the Spider-Man suit made by Tony Stark and remove the "Training Wheels Protocol."[1]


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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Spider-Man: Homecoming
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Avengers: Endgame
  4. Adams, Tim (July 15, 2018). Spider-Man: Far From Home Co-Stars Return in New Set Photo. CBR. Retrieved on July 15, 2018.
  5. Jayson, Jay (7 April 2017). Ganke Creator Comments On Spider-Man: Homecoming's Ned Leeds. ComicBook. Retrieved on 18 July 2017.



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