A few months ago when it was announced that Zendaya had joined the cast of the upcoming MCU film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was immediately accompanied by an “announcement” that she would be playing the iconic love interest Mary Jane. However, the star recently spoke out that the entire internet has it WRONG.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zendaya basically said that hey maybe the internet shouldn’t jump to conclusions and run with stories. She said,
People are going to react over anything. But nothing [about who she is playing] is fact. It’s like, you guys are just making shit up at this point and then reacting to it. 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.
Her character is officially named “Michelle” and she is one of Parker’s classmates. Zendaya described the character as “very smart, very intellectual, [and] always in her books.” Zendaya has previously said that her character was not intended to be a love interest for Parker adding that the character “very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she’s so smart, she just feels like she doesn’t need to talk to people… 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.”
However that doesn’t mean that the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t do something similar to what Star Trek did where they spent a year claiming a character wasn’t exactly who it ended up being.
Despite whether or not she is playing a love interest for Peter, Zendaya did address the people who irrationally upset over the idea that a woman of color would be cast in that role.
But of course there’s going to be outrage over that because for some reason some people just aren’t ready. I’m like, “I don’t know what America you live in, but from what I see when I walk outside my streets of New York right now, I see lots of diversity and I see the real world and it’s beautiful, and that’s what should be reflected and that’s what is reflected so you’re just going to have to get over it.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to be released on July 7, 2017.