Despite seemingly half the population of Hollywood being cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios’ first solo Spider-Man movie, there hasn’t been all that much information on who a lot of them are actually playing. One of the biggest mysteries has been Zendaya – among the first people to be officially cast in the production, the nature of her role has been a closely guarded secret – up until now, it seems, as according to The Wrap it has been confirmed that she will be playing Mary Jane Watson.
Its sources involve “two individuals with knowledge of the project”, which while being necessarily vague, the fact that they’ve reported it gives credence to the theory. In any case, who she was playing was always going to come down to a toss-up between Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy – with such a rich cast of characters among the Marvel mythos, it would seem strange to just invent a new one from from scratch – so it answers a few of our problems.
While we don’t know all that much about Zendaya as an actress (her credits include Disney Channel productions like Shake It Up! and DC Undercover), the fact that the production clearly has so much confidence in her has us intrigued. She’s a suitably different take on the character from what Kirsten Dunst was in the original Spider-Man trilogy (or indeed, what Shailene Woodley would likely have been in The Amazing Spider-Man), so you can colour us intrigued to see how she gets on.
Zendaya’s fellow cast members include Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Michael Keaton as the Vulture, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Bookeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green, Hannibal Buress, Donald Glover, Angourie Rice, Laura Harrier and more.
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