Details of Zendaya’s key role revealed for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming


Not since Tom Holland’s outstanding performance have fans been more excited to see Spider-Man on the big screen again. Many moviegoers cringe to think about the incoherent The Amazing Spider-Man 2, or the rarely mentioned and mostly forgotten third installment to the Toby McGuire saga, Spider-Man 3 (ahem, emo Spider-Man). But now, with his incredible onscreen presence made known in the Summer blockbuster film, Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland and his team are preparing for what is gearing up to be a Spidey flick like we’ve never seen before! And to add a bit of sugar on that, we now know what one of the key roles will be…

According to TheWrap, Zendaya, the 19-year-old known for her roles on the Disney Channel, has been revealed to be portraying one of Peter Parker’s most sought after love interests, Mary Jane Watson. That’s right, we finally have our M.J. figured out. There has been wide-spread speculation about whom the actress would play, but nothing had been solidified until what the outlet reports as “two individuals with knowledge of the project” revealed.

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Image credit: Zenday’s Instagram

Fans will remember previous iterations of the character being portrayed on the silver screen, such as Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi’s Spidey trilogy, as well as Shailene Woodley in the deleted scenes of the most recent 2014 film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. No other details have been provided about her character, or whether the performance she’ll be giving will be the romantic lead opposite Holland, so we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled and our ears to the ground.

What do you think of the casting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland, Zendaya,  Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, and Robert Downey Jr., will be released on July 7, 2017.

Source: TheWrap

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  • Achirae

    I have mixed feelings on this one.

    First, let me say that I have never seen Zendaya in anything, so I cannot comment on her acting skills for good or for bad. My feelings have nothing to do with her acting, which I hope will be a joy to watch.

    So, the good. FINALLY they cast a Mary Jane Watson with an actress that is smoking hot! Now, I hate Kirsten Dunst to begin with, mainly for her crappy acting and joke-worthy blonde tendencies, but beyond that, she was no where near good looking enough to play MJ. Shailene Woodley would have been a decent upgrade, but still not hot enough.

    Why is this such an issue with me? In the comics, MJ was career-wise almost always one of three things: Actress (some cheesy soaps, not sure if she did anything beyond that), Model (pretty high-demand at that), and Fashion Designer (pretty sure that’s what she’s doing now, but I’ve been out of touch for a while). She has always been portrayed as one of the supreme beauties of the Marvel Universe. I’m glad that she’s finally getting fair treatment in that respect this go-round.

    So, the iffy. This is another example of comic book characters’ races being changed by Hollywood to try to force more diversity into their movies. Now don’t get me wrong, I totally support racial diversity, and understand that when a lot of these characters were being created, it was mainly by white male writers and artists, during a time where racial diversity was something to be almost completely ignored, if not feared and hated. Kinda ironic when you think about X-Men in those terms… But at this point in these characters’ histories, they are so firmly established and beloved for who they are, not for what they’re not.

    Ultimately, I’m way more psyched over the good than I am concerned over the iffy, so bring it on! Now I just gotta sit back and hope that Zendaya can indeed act, and that we won’t be stuck with another Dunst-worthy performance…