One of the biggest and most-anticipated films in 2021 was Spider-Man: No Way Home. Fans from all over the globe were excited to see Tom Holland’s rendition of the character and the possibility of two well-known Spider-Man variants to make their appearance in the film.
Even though the film was released nearly 2 years ago, fans still get excited when new details of the film are revealed. Marvel Studios artist Phil Saunders has revealed some exciting concept art of a beloved character in the franchise.
UNUSED SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME ART SHOWS AN HOMAGE TO THE HOBGOBLIN
In an Instagram post from Phil Saunders, he revealed his concept art of an unused Spider-Man: No Way Home drawing of Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) riding the Goblin Glider during the final battle. According to Saunders, he explains that this was a fan service with what ultimately happens to Ned in the comic book universe. The details were an important part for Saunders as he talks about the research and character-building that happens at Marvel.
“Ned’s wearing the number 50, an homage to Benny Agbayani, the Hawaiian-Filipino Mets left-fielder who would undoubtedly be one of Ned’s heroes, given their shared heritage.”-Phil Saunders (Marvel Artist)-
Saunders painted the image in Photoshop while his colleague, Atomic Arcade Art Director Josh Nizzi updated the original art. Entertainment Designer Harald Belker added the classic pumpkin bomb in Ned’s hands.
HOBGOBLIN IN THE COMICS
In the comics, Ned Leeds is a field reporter for the Daily Bugle. While on an investigation assignment into the new villain the Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley), he was captured and brainwashed by “hobby.” Ned was convinced that he was the real Hobgoblin which led to him taking Kingsley’s place on several occasions.
Kingsley uses Ned to orchestrate an alliance with Richard Fisk, better known as The Rose. Fisk makes Hobgoblin his partner and they both set up a criminal operation. Ned’s life becomes very unstable as the Hobgoblin. He becomes violent and paranoid about his workplace and those closest to him, including his wife, Betty Brant.
He decides to find help by going to Baron Mordo but in the process, he ends up stealing a magic book called the Word of God, resulting in Doctor Strange and Spider-Man to fight against Mordo. Strange and Spider-Man were able to recreate the book and Ned returned to his former self.
During the Gang War for Kingpin’s territory, Kinglsey decided to retire the Hobgoblin identity when it got too intense. He ends up leaking the details of Ned’s “true identity” as the Hobgoblin. This leads to Ned being murdered at the hands of the Foreigners’ men while on an assignment in Germany. The assassins left Ned’s body bound to a chair for Peter Parker to find.
On Phil Saunders’ Instagram, he posted more concept art from the film. It was revealed that because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many plans had to be scrapped and much of those concept art ideas are revealed in the Spider-Man: No Way Home: The Art of the Movie book by Jess Harold.
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