Warning: Do not read on if you don’t want spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Up until now, details have been scant on the role former Disney star Zendaya is playing in the upcoming Spidey solo movie. Previously, her character had been named as Michelle and we knew that she would be Peter Parker’s latest on-screen love interest. In an interesting move, it seemed that Marvel had sidestepped the more famous romances in Spidey’s life like Gwen Stacey and Mary Jane Watson. Well, it looks like we might have been wrong on that front…
In an exclusive, TheWrap is reporting that “two individuals with knowledge of the project” have confirmed that Zendaya will actually play Mary Jane, after all. According to the site, “at least one recent draft of the script has Zendaya’s character dropping several clues to her identity as Mary Jane.” Going by that, it seems that Marvel might be doing something similar to Star Trek Into Darkness and Spectre before it and hiding a familiar character under a pseudonym. While that made sense for the villains of those films, however, it remains to be seen just why MJ would want to cover her real identity.
Mary Jane Watson is of course one of the most famous love interests in all of superhero fiction. She was previously portrayed on the big screen by Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy that ran from 2002 to 2007. Shailene Woodley was set to play the character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but her scenes were cut from the film. If TheWrap‘s report is correct, this will be the first time the character has been portrayed by someone with African-American ancestry and without her signature red hair.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland as the teenage webslinger. His co-stars include Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Logan Marshall-Green, Kenneth Choi, Michael Barbieri, Laura Harrier, Martin Starr and many others., It swings into cinemas on July 7th 2017.
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