With a new Spider-Man movie on the horizon, fans are going wild with speculation about what could happen next for the famous Marvel superhero.
Of course, the biggest rumor doing the rounds right now is that Spider-Man 3 will focus on the multiverse, bringing back past stars Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire to once again portray their beloved versions of the web-slinging superhero.
But this latest intriguing theory actually focuses on Peter Parker’s friend Ned Leeds. The character was played by Jacob Batalon in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, and will return in the highly-anticipated, currently-untitled, third movie that’s set for release on December 17, 2021.
Ned is Peter Parker’s best friend, but he might not be for long if he becomes Hobgoblin
Ned could become Spider-Man’s next big villain
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Ned is very different from the Ned that appears in the Spider-Man comics, but fans believe there’s one element of his character that will carry across to the big screen: he eventually becomes the villain Hobgoblin.
While this may seem like an unlikely development, given how Ned is primarily the comic relief of the movie, there’s no reason his character can’t undergo a dramatic change in future movies. In the comics, Ned is brainwashed by Roderick Kingsley to become Hobgoblin and take the fall for his crimes.
Batalon wants it to happen, too, telling Screen Rant that his own personal theory is that Ned becomes Hobgoblin and ends up joining the Sinister Six for a massive showdown with Spider-Man.
A twist like this would also be reminiscent of Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man movie trilogy, where Peter Parker’s best friend Harry Osborne becomes New Goblin after the web-slinger kills his father, Norman, who was the original face behind the Green Goblin.
Who is Hobgoblin?
Hobgoblin hasn’t been seen in a live-action Spider-Man movie yet
Hobgoblin first appeared in the comics in The Amazing Spider-Man #238 in 1983. Fans are desperate to see Hobgoblin appear on screen, as the character has never been portrayed in a live-action movie.
The Green Goblin, however, has been a mainstay throughout Spider-Man’s movies, appearing in two of Raimi’s Spider-Man movies as well as the Oscar-winning animation Into the Spider-Verse. It’s likely that Marvel will want to focus on new villains, instead of one that’s appeared many times before.
The fourth Chipotle Challenger series featured another star-studded lineup of contestants, including:
Streamers / Pro Players
Celebrities / Athletes
Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.
Up to 1000 trio teams
Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window
Qualifying teams then had the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.
Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
17 teams of invited talent
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money was up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secured themselves free burritos for a year!
1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.
A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.
What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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