Please be aware that this article contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently spoke with Den of Geek about Zendaya’s future in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. But before he did, he also addressed the little twist at the end, when Michelle becomes captain of the decathlon team and she says that her friends call her “MJ.”
This, of course, alludes to the idea that Zendaya may, in fact, be Mary Jane Watson, as many had previously speculated. However, Feige says that Zendaya’s MJ and Mary Jane Watson are not the same character and it’s just a nod to the character.
“In setting up this will be a very different thing, she’s not Mary Jane Watson, that’s not who the character is. But giving her the initials that remind you of that dynamic certainly is intriguing about what could go forward.”
Zendaya will indeed have more of a presence in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and will “provide a different dynamic” that will exist between her and Tom Holland’s character.
“Clearly, she says she’s not obsessed with him, she’s just observant. But she’s there. And to have fun with that while at the same time having it be different characters that can provide a different dynamic [is the point].”
Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Laura Harrier, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, and Jon Favreau.
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently playing in theaters.
Source: Den of Geek