Zendaya’s Spider-Man: Homecoming Role (and Others) Possibly Revealed


Another week, another comic book movie casting controversy. Ever since it was first announced that Disney Channel star Zendaya had landed the female lead in Spider-Man: Homecoming, there has been a lot of speculation about who she might be playing. At the time, the official word was that her character name was Michelle, but no one would confirm if she was playing a love interest or another role entirely. Now this week the cat appears to be out of the bag, although Marvel has not made any official statement and seems intent on keeping her identity as a reveal within the film. Because of this, the rumour could be considered a spoiler and you may want to steer clear if you are sensitive to such things. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to The Wrap, Zendaya will actually be playing long-time Spider-Man love interest Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Marvel movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. The news has once again sparked controversy because of the fact that Zendaya is biracial and this would be the first time Mary Jane has been portrayed as anything other than white. Although Marvel has yet to confirm, deny or respond in any way, James Gunn has posted some thoughts on his Facebook page, perhaps acting as an unofficial mouthpiece for the studio.

Over at Birth Movies Death, they have an interesting theory that she may go by the name MJ but that her first name may actually be Michelle instead of Mary, thus putting a new spin on an old character. In related news, a leaked call sheet may have just revealed a ton of characters including several villains that will also be appearing in the movie. Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Logan Marshall-Green, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Chernus, Martin Starr, Donald Glover, Hannibal Buress, Kenneth Choi and Abraham Attah. How do you feel about these new Spider-Man casting rumours?

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  • lovke

    Is there really a “controversy” around this? What are we talking about here — a few internet trolls or are there scores of people marching in the street over this? I think you need to provide some context (i.e. examples) if you’re going to suggest that there’s an outcry over the fact that this Mary Jane has a slightly darker complexion than Kirsten Dunst.

  • Sean

    Perhaps the level of outcry is up for debate, but just go read the internet… I don’t have any specific links. James Gunn would not have issued a major statement over this if there wasn’t some sort of backlash.

  • 1138sw

    Don’t have a problem with MJ being biracial. In fact that’s cool. But why change her name to Michelle? A biracial woman can’t be named Mary? The character’s name has been Mary Jane before I and most of us have been born. I don’t see the need to change.