It looks like the internet may have made a mistake.
Two months ago, I wrote an article for HerDaily saying that Disney Channel star, Zendaya, would be playing the iconic Mary-Jane Watson in Marvel’s new Spider-Man movie. However, as it may turn out, it looks like the cast and crew of Spider-Man: Homecoming have just been laughing at the internet spreading this rumor like wildfire. Shame on me, I took these rumors as fact. Even though I’m not a fan of what Zendaya has done on the Disney Channel, I still think she has a lot of potential as an actress. Maybe I, the comic-book geek that I am, got a little too excited considering how much I love Mary-Jane.
Although, everyone else pressing this rumor as fact didn’t help. TheRoot.com both celebrated Zendaya’s supposed role and also criticized Marvel for replacing a well-known white character with a black woman in order to “race bend” the character. They had said: “Casting Zendaya as Mary Jane is another example of Hollywood expecting black dollars at the box office, but disrespecting black consumers and fans on the big screen.”
I suppose we have nothing to worry about on that front.
According to EurWeb.com, Zendaya is still leaving her fans in the dark about who she’s playing in Spider-Man: Homecoming. She has definitely been cast in the film, but NOT as Peter Parker’s love interest. “My character is not romantic,” Zendaya wound up saying. She went on to explain that her character was indeed far more intelligent than others, but was also awkward and maybe thinks she’s better than everyone else because of her intelligence. I have no idea who this could be, but it does sound somewhat interesting.
Zendaya went on to say: “People are going to react over anything. […] It’s like, you guys are just making stuff up at this point and then reacting to it. […] 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.” I suppose we deserve to be the laughing-stock for the moment.
It will be interesting to see the announcement of who she’s actually playing. Hopefully Marvel won’t keep the fans waiting for too long. If anything, this should be a lesson to all of us. Don’t just react to news. Thankfully, this is just a casting decision we got wrong, but there’s a lot of other facts we manage to mess up all the time. I did it, too, and felt the need to correct myself here.