Poor Zendaya hasn’t been able to shake rumors that her character in Spider-Man: Homecoming (Michelle) is really Mary Jane Watson since they first popped up in August of last year. The young actress recently explained in an interview that she will absolutely not be playing Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Zendaya was recently a presenter at the MTV Movie Awards alongside her co-star Tom Holland, and MTV’s own press members got a chance to talk with her about the movie. Since she’s barely been featured in the marketing (which has focused less on the “John Hughes movie with a superhero” angle that’s at the heart of the movie and more on Spider-Man’s superheroics), Zendaya didn’t tell MTV too much else that we didn’t already know, but she did highlight her insistence that no, she isn’t playing Mary Jane Watson.
“My character is 100 percent Michelle. That’s her name. I promise you I’m not lying.”
In addition, Zendaya also stated that her character is an awkward-yet-kinda-cool character who has a knack to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. While it doesn’t seem likely that the Mary Jane connection is there at this point, it’s interesting to note that she keeps emphasizing that her character is named “Michelle” instead of saying something along the lines of “I’m not playing MJ”. In the event that it does turn out to be a pointlessly-elaborate cover-up to hide a “spoiler” like the Khan reveal in Star Trek Into Darkness or the Blofield reveal in SPECTRE, expect nobody to let the people at Marvel and Sony live this one down.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017. The film features a cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Robert Downey Junior as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Zendaya Coleman as Michelle, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Tony Revolori as “Flash” Thompson, Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan, Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes (Vulture), Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz (Shocker), and Michael Chernus as Phineas Mason (Tinkerer). A sequel is planned for release on July 5, 2019.