Time for a nostalgia trip. Fasten your seatbelts, because we're going all the way back to the distant past of summer 2016, as acclaimed Disney actor Zendaya again adamantly states that she's definitely not playing Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Put simply, no. No, no, no. Zendaya is definitely not Mary Jane, and she’s tired of people asking her that.
“My character is 100 percent Michelle, that’s her name, I promise I’m not lying. She’s definitely a different character. This is a character I can have fun with and just really create what I wanted to make her and the director a lot of really cool ideas about how to make her weird and interesting and cool. She says weird things at the wrong time, but that’s why people like her.”
That’s fair enough – there’s very little about Michelle that really screams Mary Jane, which is why most fans have quietened down about this by now.
There are rumors that Gwen Stacy might show up for a brief cameo, but otherwise, it looks like Michelle will just be a friend of Peter’s, while the Webhead pines after comic book crush Liz Allen instead.
Not much about Peter’s schoolfriends gels with the comics. He’s seen kissing Liz Allen in one trailer, when he is repeatedly rejected by her in the source material and eventually, very wisely, moves on. Similarly, the best friend character of Ned Leeds takes the name from a romantic rival that works at the Daily Bugle in the comics, while also borrowing from the character of Gamke in the Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man comics.
Perhaps a fresh start is best for the series – after all, this way we can always get a character name Mary Jane at a later date, if that really is an essential part of the Spider-Man formula.
Maybe Marvel will manage to find a natural redhead this time. That ought to shut Zendaya’s critics up.