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Peter Parkerā€™s best bud in Homecoming might have the name of a familiar comics characterā€”Ned Leedsā€”but his role in the film and his appearance are far more in line with another Spider-Man character: Ultimate Spider-Manā€™s Ganke. Fans are confused as to why Miles Moralesā€™ best friend is now Peterā€™s... and turns out, so is Gankeā€™s own creator, Brian Michael Bendis.

Speaking on an episode of the Ultimate Spin podcast recently, Bendis touched upon the weirdness of seeing how Ganke Lee has seemingly been chopped and changed into a new character, after having seen so many of his own creations and ideas get transposed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe intact:

Iā€™ll be very honest right now. I have not talked about this publicly, but it feels very bizarre. Most of the time the characters that Iā€™ve had a hand in creating that have made it to the screen, from Jessica [Jones] all the way to Maria Hill and Quake, the level of quality of the adaptation and care in which they bring the character forward past the adaptation into its new life has been uniformly amazing ā€” my luck in this area has been second to none.

Iā€™ve not seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, so Iā€™m gonna wait until we see what we see. But, yeah, it was bizarre and flattering. I donā€™t even know if Ganke was the inspiration, or they just got to their own place with a character like this on their own. I donā€™t know. It does seem like it might have been, but no oneā€™s told me either way. Thereā€™s so much else in that trailer thatā€™s from ā€˜Ultimate Spider-Manā€™ that I would assume that, yes, it isā€¦ Itā€™s weird only because Ganke wasnā€™t part of Peterā€™s storyā€”he was part of Milesā€™ story.

Bendisā€™ own concerns match those of Ultimate Spider-Man fansā€”itā€™s not necessarily concern because Gankeā€™s in the movie with the name of a totally different character (Ned Leeds was actually a rival of Peterā€™s at the Daily Bugle, not a classmate, and even became the Hobgoblin at one point), itā€™s that Ganke was never part of Peter Parkerā€™s story. His relationship with Miles Morales as one of the few confidants the young Ultimate Spider-Man has in his life formed a crucial emotional core to Milesā€™ story when he was first starting out.

Ultimate Comics: All-New Spider-Man #25, art by David Marquez and Justin Ponsor.

When fans of Miles were initially annoyed to see Peter Parker as the star of Homecoming, the idea of seeing Milesā€™ own best friend transplanted into Peterā€™s life stung a little. But itā€™s interesting to hear that itā€™s not just fans who feel at odds with Homecomingā€™s Ned Leeds, but even Bendis himself. Guess weā€™ll just have to wait until the animated Spider-Man movie to see Miles and Ganke together on the big screen for real.