receptionist, Betty Brant before becoming the villain known as the Hobgoblin. In
Far From Home
, Ned embarks on a new relationship with none other than the MCU’s version of Brant. Batalon gave his read of the new romance during our phone interview. “It’s a very cute nod to the comics. Ned and Betty are just a very cute couple. It’s a really sweet relationship that he has while they’re on vacation. They’re just these two innocent, young kids who want to see what love is.”
So we had to know whether or not he might take the next step in Ned’s life, one as a famed Spider-Man villain. Though he couldn’t give us a concrete answer, Batalon would love to take on the iconic role and get to flex his bad side! “To be completely honest, yes. I would love to, I would love to do that. That just sounds like such a fun process as an actor to go through. But at the same time, Ned is just a really sweet guy. I definitely don’t see that in him. But, you know, I’m definitely not saying I couldn’t do it. I could definitely do my best villain. I’d love to.”
It seems unlikely that we’ll see Ned go bad just yet, but the MCU usually has a long term plan. The fact that Ned’s namesake is one of the most recognizable Spidey villains out there could still come into play in the future.