CBMB: Zendaya’s Role in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Revealed (SPOILERS) | FanboysInc

CBMB: Zendaya’s Role in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Revealed (SPOILERS)

By Muuka Muyumba

*** DO NOT READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED FOR THE MOVIE ***

A big reveal for the upcoming Spider-Man film has been unleashed by the folks at TheWrap. Marvel has tagged superstar Zendaya as their new Mary Jane Watson in Homecoming. Many people wondered whether Marvel would tag her with the love interest of the biggest comicbook character in their quiver. Zendaya, in many ways, may only pale to Robert Downey, Jr., in terms of stardom as she is a Disney star with Miley Cyrus potential of not only being a huge TV star, but also a big time pop music diva. Disney knows that she is not only sitting on potential of bigger things, but she is also an already known commodity to many young people who have grown up on Shake It Up and K.C. Undercover.

Mary Jane Watson (or M.J.) made her debut in August 1964 in the original run of The Amazing Spider-Man in #15, in name, and in #42 in 1966 in full view. She was created by Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Her first words to Peter, “Face it, Tiger…you just hit the jackpot!”, are some of the most famous in comics history. She played a role in Spider-Man and Peter Parker’s life as the damsel-in-distress, the girl-next-door, the nosy spit-fire, and in some episodes, a crime-fighter herself. She has often been Betty to Gwen Stacy’s Veronica when it comes to Peter’s affections. In 1987, she finally married Peter in a big promotional event on the level of the Death of Superman during years of uncertainty in Marvel’s publication history.

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In the original 2002 Spider-Man movie franchise starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst portrayed the role to come acclaim and some fanboy consternation as many believed (stupidly) was not beautiful enough for the role.

Oscar-nominee Shailene Woodley was cast as M.J. in the Andrew Garfield run, but she eventually was cut from Amazing Spider-Man 2 because the death of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) would have been cheapened by Peter’s miraculous emotional recovery in the same film. Woodley also faced some of the same unwarranted beauty shaming even though she never made it into the film.

If Marvel goes the way of the comics, M.J. may be a hit of a diamond in the rough, only to be revealed in the true beauty toward the end of the film. As mentioned above, M.J. was never seen in full view in the comics until a few years into the run, despite having been name-checked very early on. So, if you’ve made it to this point in my story, then you have been totally spoiled for the movie.

Spider-Man: Homecoming stars an incredible cast of Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Downey as Tony Stark, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Michael Keaton as The Vulture, Bokeem Woodbine as the Shocker, Michael Chernus as The Tinkerer, Laura Harrier, Logan Marshall-Green, Tyne Daly, Donald Glover, Hannibal Burress, Abraham Attah, Michael Mando, Garcelle Beauvais, Tiffany Espensen, Angourie Rice, Martha Kelly, and Martin Starr. Scarlett Johannson is rumored to have a part in the movie as Black Widow.

Jon Watts is directing from a script from credited writers: Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, and Erik Sommers. The film is currently in production and hits theaters on July 7, 2017.