Marvel was hoping to keep Zendaya’s role in Spider-Man Homecoming as a surprise to longtime fans, but that didn’t stop the internet from discovering her secret on-screen identity. If you rather not know, navigate away, but be warned that most of the internet is posting the news as common knowledge at this point. You would be best to setup some kind of filter on your social-media as well.
As for everyone else, Zendaya will be taking on the role of the ever popular character Mary Jane Watson. Multiple sources and online publications have reported the casting, but Marvel hasn’t made any official casting announcement. When Zendaya was first cast in the film, Marvel stated that her character would be named Michelle, and that she had a “key role” in the film. Fans knew that the name Michelle didn’t really ring-true to the comics, unlike the names Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy, and it was most likely a placeholder for one of Spider-Man’s many love interests.
The role of Mary Jane was played by Kirsten Dunst in the trilogy helmed by Sam Raimi back in 2002 through 2007. In that trilogy, the role of Peter Parker was played by Tobey Maguire. This time around Tom Holland will play everyone’s favorite Spider-Man, his character was first introduced into the Marvel Universe with the film “Captain America: Civil War.” The recent reboot of Spider-Man, from Sony, featured Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.
The new installment, called Homecoming, will focus on a relatively young Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The wall-crawler is only beginning to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero, but you won’t have to sit through an entire origin story again in the new film. Joining Holland and Zendaya on-screen are Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly and Bokeem Woodbine. Also featured in the film are Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
Since Marvel is currently loaning the Spider-Man franchise from Sony Pictures in order to bring him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are pretty excited for this new addition. Marvel films have been consistently popular with moviegoers since the early days of Captain America and the Avengers films. This new Spidey film will be directed Jon Watts, with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal producing. Serving as executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Jeremy Latcham and of course Stan Lee.