‘Spider-Man’ Writer Slams Zendaya Haters: “Heroes & Great Characters Come In Every Color.”

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As disappointing as it was, the Internet’s reaction to the news that Zendaya landed the role of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming was hardly surprising. When anyone shakes up the Marvel universe, there’s bound to be controversy, and you can count on the Internet to scoff at changing a character that’s been a certain way for over 50 years. People hate change, but writer Dan Slott was having none of it because Zendaya is going to slay.

Slott, who helped pen the new Spider-Man flick, took to Twitter to tell everyone there’s literally no reason that Zendaya can’t play Mary Jane. No part of Mary Jane’s identity is attached to her race.

He also points out that it’s time for things to change. 

In his final comment, he also mentions how important it is that popular film characters represent all races.

The role or Spider-Man’s love interest was previously played by Kirsten Dunst — remember that upside-down kiss that basically set the standard for modern superhero romance? Of course, casting a 20-something white girl fit Mary Jane’s classic image, but the character is completely fictional. While she was drawn as a white woman in the comic book series, the series was created in a time where people of color were rarely cast as the protagonist of a series, let alone as the love interest of a white man. 

It’s not 1962, and we can all do better. Zendaya is a talented, outspoken, 19-year-old girl whose personality perfectly fits the role. She’s going to be a natural. 

It’s important to mention that Zendaya hasn’t been officially cast as Mary Jane. It’s all speculation. The actress was originally rumored to have landed the role of a character named Michelle, but that was said to have been a pseudonym. Given the fact that Zendaya described how difficult and long the audition process was, we’re doubtful that she’d be playing a minor character. The film also focuses on a high school-aged Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) and Zendaya is the perfect age to be cast as a high school student.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be Zendaya’s first major movie role, is expected to hit theaters in the summer of 2017.


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