When it comes to comic book movies, whenever someone gets cast, if their role is not immediately announced, fans anxiously consider the options based on precedent. What mysterious role is this new person going to play? It’s just part of the game, it’s what we do in other words. So when Disney star Zendaya was planted into Spider-Man: Homecoming, the speculation began. The production told us she was playing “Michelle,” but fans heard another ‘M’ name, “Mary Jane.” As in “Mary Jane Watson,” Spider-Man’s long-term love interest. But while Zendaya herself is now saying point blank that she’s not Mary Jane, she’s having a good time watching the fans work it out.
“People are going to react over anything. But nothing [about my role] is fact. It’s like, you guys are just making $#!% up at this point and then reacting to it,” the actress told The Hollywood Reporter. Whenever we were on set, one of us gets some random character name [on the call sheet]. [Bloggers were] like, ‘Oh they must be so and so.’ And we just crack up about it, because it’s like, ‘Whatever you want to think. You’ll find out.’ It’s funny to watch the guessing game.”
Adding to the not-Mary Jane argument is a description Zendaya gave of Michelle. “My character is not romantic,” she explained. “My character is like very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she’s so smart, she just feels like she doesn’t need to talk to people, like ‘My brain is so far ahead of you that you’re just not really on my level.’ So she comes off very weird. But to me, she is very cool because she’s deep. She’s always thinking about something, always reading.”
Really though, there’s nothing in that description that really says that Zendaya isn’t Mary Jane, and that Michelle is just a clever cover. Looking at the cast list from Homecoming, you have young people playing Ned Leeds, Liz Allen, Betty Brandt, and Flash Thompson, all classic Spider-Man comic book characters, but obviously not as consequential as the future Mrs Spider-Man, Mary Jane. As for “Michelle” not being a romantic interest, that’s okay, we know that Marvel Studios and Sony have long-term plans for this iteration of the character, so if Zendaya is not a romantic interest in Homecoming, that doesn’t mean she won’t be in the sequels. Stay tuned.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017.
Source: Geek Tyrant