Zendaya to Play Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming

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When it was first announced that Zendaya had been cast, they revealed that she wasn’t going to play Peter Parker‘s longtime love, Mary Jane Watson, or Gwen Stacy.  Instead, her character was given the name Michelle.  Many assumed that she would be Michelle Gonzales, from the comics.

However, in an exclusive report made by TheWrap, it was discovered that a recent draft of the script had Zendaya’s character hinting that she was, in fact, Mary Jane Watson.

The news comes as a shock to many as MJ is such a pivotal character in the growth of Peter Parker, and Zendaya is relatively unknown to most.  She’s not unknown to Disney people, though.  For years she’s been Disney’s darling as the star of Disney Channel‘s “Shake It Up” and “K.C. Undercover“.  She even had a successful run on Dancing With the Stars.

There are even those who have discussed not wanting MJ in Homecoming this soon.  Contrary to that belief, it makes sense to have her.  Right now, Sony is trying to distance themselves from Andrew Garfield‘s The Amazing Spider-Man and get back to what made it so successful.  Part of that, is introducing a new/well-known love interest in Mary Jane.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they even need to get together in the first film.  If anything, we could watch their relationship grow with each movie until they ultimately fall for each other.

The biggest advice I can give all those concerned about Zendaya as MJ, trust in Disney/Marvel Studios.  No one knew Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, etc and they have done phenominal things with their opportunities.  They know what they’re doing.  So, even if they tweak the character from how she is in the comics, it’ll still most likely be great.  They haven’t really steered us wrong yet.  In fact, I for one hope they do tweak the character, so she’s not always the damsel in distress, as previous depictions have made her out to be.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will arrive in theaters July 7, 2017 and features Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Marissa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.

What are your thoughts on the casting?