Before the dawn of this great era of superhero films few people knew about the heroes of DC and Marvel lore. Of the hundreds of characters created over the decades only a few were known by the common man, and one of these characters is Spiderman. Most commonly known to be the alter ego of mild mannered high school student Peter Parker, Spiderman used the abilities given to him by his mutated DNA to fight crime. When the superhero genre was slowly becoming a thing Spiderman really came into the global consciousness with the 2002 movie Spiderman. With Tobey Maguire playing our friendly neighborhood Spiderman, all the actors from this first franchise became what most people envisioned when they thought Spiderman. In this first film iteration of Spiderman we got to see the wily redhead Mary Jane Watson. The girl next door and the love of Peter’s life, Mary Jane became known for her fiery red hair and her eventual relationship with Peter. Alas that didn’t work out in Spiderman 3, but it seems Mary Jane may be getting another shot at the big screen in the form of Zendaya.
Popular Disney actress Zendaya (Best known for playing Rocky in the Disney Channel series Shake it Up) was cast several months ago in the role of Michelle. The character was given no background but it was speculated that she was to play a version of the character Michelle Gonzalez, who in the comics was Peter’s roommate and love interest. But now according to The Wrap, Zendaya will be in fact taking up the mantel of Mary Jane Watson in this newest iteration. Now no offense to Umberto Gonzalez or The Wrap, but there is still a possibility that this is not exactly the truth. No one at Sony or Marvel has confirmed or denied these statements, so the validity of these statements is still unclear.
But if Zendaya is Mary Jane, is that a good or bad thing? This is Zendaya’s first major motion picture and she’s to play one of the most beloved characters in Spidey lore? Hopefully she just got stuck in the Disney world and that’s why this is her first movie out. But as for some of the arguments on her not looking like Mary Jane, I know the red hair is iconic but give it a rest. As long as she has the ability to embody the character then it doesn’t matter if she has red hair or brown.
So did you predict this happening? Do you think the reports are legit? Is the red hair really necessary? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Spiderman: Homecoming and other things in the world of movie news.
Spiderman: Homecoming comes to theaters July 7th, 2017.