- "Hey, can I be your guy in the chair?"
"You know how there's a guy, with the headset, telling the other guy where to go? Like if you were stuck in a burning building, I could tell you where to go, 'cause there'd be screens all around me, I can shoot around things, I can be your guy in the chair!"
- ―Ned Leeds and Peter Parker
Edward "Ned" Leeds is a student at Midtown School of Science and Technology. Upon discovering his best friend Peter Parker was Spider-Man, Leeds then focused on assisting his friend's heroic adventures as they attempted to find and defeat Vulture before he could sell high-tech hybrid weapons to the criminal underworld, while also hoping to use the Spider-Man to improve their own social standing at their school.
Friendship with Peter Parker
Ned Leeds is a student at Midtown School of Science and Technology, and Peter Parker's best friend. He was also a member of the Academic Decathlon Team. At school, Leeds told Parker that he had got the Lego Death Star, and asked Parker if he wanted to help build it. Parker declined, saying he needed to work on the Stark Internship.
Guy in the Chair
Shortly after, Leeds went to Parker's apartment. While Parker was not in, his Aunt May allowed Leeds to wait in his room. Leeds saw Parker enter through the window while wearing his Spider-Man Suit. He surprised Parker, who had to admit that he was Spider-Man.
Over the next few days, Leeds bombarded Parker with questions over his abilities, and whether he had met other heroes like Captain America. Parker answered the questions, but became frustrated when Leeds blurted out in front of Liz Toomes that Parker knew Spider-Man. When they both got invited to her party, Leeds convinced Parker to make an appearance as Spider-Man to increase their social standing. Leeds was left waiting at the party when Parker had to bail to investigate an explosion that turned out to be an arms deal.
After breaking up the arms deal, he discovered a Chitauri power core. Leeds helped him to investigate it and saw that the alien core had been grafted to human technology. They avoided Herman Schultz who was tracking the power core and looking to recover it. Leeds also hacked into the Spider-Man Suit and discovered that the suit's abilities were limited by the Training Wheels Protocol. He disabled it, allowing Parker to access all of the suit's abilities.
Washington D.C. Trip
Leeds joined the Academic Decathlon Team in Washington, D.C. for the finals. Parker was using the trip to investigate the Vulture, a villain who was responsible for the creation of the hybrid alien-human weapons. Leeds disabled the tracker inbuilt in the Spider-Man Suit that relayed his location to Tony Stark's assistant, Happy Hogan. Parker told Leeds to look after the power core and keep it safe.
Parker ended up being trapped in a D.O.D.C. Vault and missed the finals the next day. Leeds participated in the finals, and the Midtown team won. Mr. Harrington took the team to the Washington Monument. At the top, the power core exploded, damaging part of the Monument and trapping several of the Academic Decathlon in an elevator. They were rescued by the arrival of Spider-Man.
- "What are you doing here? There's a dance."
"Uh… I'm… looking at… porn."
- ―Monica Warren and Ned Leeds
At the homecoming dance, Parker found out that Liz Toomes' father was the Vulture. Later, when Shocker gained the upper-hand against Parker, Leeds intervened and distracted Shocker with one of Parker's web shooters, giving Spider-Man the advantage to web him against a bus. As Parker went after the Vulture, Leeds got his wish to be his "guy in the chair," using several computers in the school to help Parker in his mission. After Parker had defeated the Vulture, Leeds was caught by Monica Warren, one of the school's teachers. To cover for Parker, he claimed to be watching pornography.
Back to School Life
- "He's a mystery, he always will be."
- ―Ned Leeds
Following Adrian Toomes' incarceration, Leeds and Parker returned to school and ran into Liz, to which Parker decided to talked to her. Leeds and Parker then participated the decathlon meeting in an announcement of their new leader. Sometime after, Leeds was interviewed by Betty Brant and Jason Ionello, anchors of the school's news team, as to his thoughts on Spider-Man's true identity. Leeds responded that the costumed hero's identity was a mystery and would always be.
- "What is like being famous when nobody knows it's you? It's crazy. Should we tell everyone?"
- ―Ned Leeds to Peter Parker
Ned Leeds is a highly intelligent science enthusiast, hacker, gamer, and geek, though he is also somewhat socially awkward, hence his close friendship with Peter Parker. Leeds is strongly displeased with being the school geek and wishes to become more popular. Initially, upon discovering that Parker is the Spider-Man, Leeds wanted to use his friend's alter-ego for rather selfish needs such as making himself and Parker more popular by claiming that Spider-Man was their close friend.
Leeds was very excited that Parker is a superhero and immediately wanted to be his "guy in the chair". After realizing that criminals could've killed Parker multiple times he began to take the Spider-Man more seriously and genuinely wanted to help Parker capture the Vulture, offering support whenever he could.
- Gifted Intelligence: Ned, like his friend Peter Parker, is an intelligent science enthusiast, and a member of the Midtown School of Science and Technology academic decathlon team.
- Expert Hacker: Ned is a hacker skilled enough to bypass the Training Wheels Protocol installed in the Spider-Man Suit by Tony Stark himself.
- Spider-Man Suit: While attempting to locate the Vulture, Leeds tried on Peter Parker's mask for his own amusement.
- Web-Shooters: Leeds used one of Spider-Man's Web-Shooters to keep the Shocker from using his Gauntlet to kill Spider-Man.
- Midtown School of Science and Technology
- Peter Parker/Spider-Man - Classmate and Best Friend
- Michelle Jones - Classmate and Decathlon Leader
- Liz Toomes - Former Classmate and Decathlon Leader
- Betty Brant - Classmate
- Charles Murphy - Classmate
- Cindy Moon - Classmate
- Abe Brown - Classmate
- Sally Avril - Classmate
- Tiny McKeever - Classmate
- Seymour O'Reilly - Classmate
- Jason Ionello - Classmate
- Roger Harrington - Teacher and Decathlon Supervisor
- Monica Warren - Teacher
- Barry Hapgood - Teacher
- Wilson - Coach
- May Parker
- Happy Hogan
- His surname is never stated nor listed in the credits of Spider-Man: Homecoming; however, the cast and crew documentaries included with the home video release of the film confirms his surname to be "Leeds".
- In the comics, Ned Leeds is a reporter for the Daily Bugle who married Betty Brant, and was brainwashed into believing and acting as the criminal known as the Hobgoblin.
- The MCU version of Ned Leeds shares similarities with Ganke Lee, the best friend of Miles Morales from the Ultimate Universe. Their most notable similarities are their physical appearances, and their shared obsession with superheroes and LEGO. In the comics, Ganke adopted the alias of "Ned" to hide his true identity from Danika Hart.