Holy moly! Is Zendaya Coleman the new Mary Jane Watson for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’?! We knew she would appear in the film, but now a new report claims she will play the famous redhead. Of course, fans are losing their minds over the shocking news. See their reactions, right here!
Oh my gosh, this is so cool! Deadline originally reported that Zendaya Coleman was cast in the new film Spider-Man: Homecoming, but she was expected to play a character named Michelle. However, on Aug. 18, The Wrap revealed that the stunning actress and singer would aallegedly take on the famous role of Mary Jane Watson, formerly played by the wonderful Kirsten Dunst!
Of course, Mary Jane was Peter Parker’s longtime love interest with striking red hair, and traditionally she has been drawn as/portrayed by a white woman. Now (although unconfirmed) it sounds like Mary Jane may get a mixed-race makeover, as Zendaya is African-American, German and Scottish. We think she’s going to absolutely slay the part, but of course there was immediate controversy on Twitter between progressive film-goers and comic book purists.
Tons of people were thrilled with the idea with Zendaya playing Peter’s love interest. She’s classy, cool and an extremely talented yet relatable actress, everything that she should be! However, other people were mad that she didn’t fit the mold of the “traditional” MJ. Some fans argued that she doesn’t have red hair (uh, she can easily fix that and has before). One person said that if MJ can be black, MLK should be played by a white person. Of course more progressive fans immediately shut down that line of thinking, and the arguments are EPIC. Here are some of our favorite reactions to Zendaya possibly being cast as Mary Jane in Spiderman“
"But Mary-Jane NEEDS to have red hair" pic.twitter.com/3uE71IX6v1
— Geeks Of Color (@GeeksOfColor) August 19, 2016
“Aunt May will be decades younger and more attractive than in the comics.”
“Mary Jane won’t be white.”
“THEY’RE RUINING IT!”
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) August 19, 2016
Heroes & great characters come in every color
& they are for EVERYONE.
There's nothing about Peter Parker or Mary Jane
that HAS to be white.
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) August 19, 2016
— #FreeBreshaMeadows (@ILLCapitano94) August 19, 2016
This makes no sense… Mary Jane is a fictional character it's not that deep. https://t.co/EIaxPLlSJW
— kass (@nowaykasper) August 19, 2016
If the problem is "Mary Jane is a redhead" why wuz y'all cool with a blonde actress playing her in three movies?
— Stereo Williams (@stereowilliams) August 19, 2016
Mary Jane is black. Liz Allan is black. They should make Gwen Stacy trans and send the fanboys off a cliff.
— Ira Madison III (@ira) August 19, 2016
If Mary Jane isn't white with red hair the whole story of a dude who gets bit by a magic spider then wears a leotard falls apart
— Todd Jacobs (@Todd_J) August 19, 2016
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Zendaya possibly being the next Mary Jane? Share your thoughts with us!