‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Zendaya Talks Reactions To Casting

Holland-and-ZendayaEarlier this year, Spider-Man: Homecoming recruited actress Zendaya (Shake It Up) to join the upcoming Spider-Man reboot which is this time being done by Marvel and Sony. Then earlier this fall, it was revealed that she would be playing the iconic Spider-Man character, Mary Jane Watson, which received both positive as well as negative reactions.

In a recent interview with The Hollwood Reporter, Zendaya chatted about getting to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a franchise like Spider-Man and more. Throughout the THR interview, she discussed seeing thee reactions about being cast for the character she plays and how she deals with it.

“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. 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.”

Zendaya was also asked about whether or not she is playing a romantic love interest to Peter in the film, to which she gave this interesting response.

“No [laughs]. My character is not romantic. My character is like very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she’s so smart, she just feels like she doesn’t need to talk to people, like “My brain is so far ahead of you that you’re just not really on my level.” 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. I like that. And I also like that I don’t really have to do anything for hair and makeup. I just get to walk in and walk out.”

Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, and Marisa Tomei, opens in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Chris Schroeder

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I could care less that she’s playing MJ, my issue with her being MJ is Peter didn’t meet her in highschool like that.

    • Bruce Norris

      I agree. To be fair, we don’t yet know the story.

      • Chris Schroeder

        It sucks because they did the whole Gwen Stacy thing in the past two Amazing Spiderman movies, and I’m sure they don’t want to repeat all that… but that’s who spiderman is, they can’t rush Mary Jane while he’s in highschool

    • Math

      Agreed… but the way she describes her character doesn’t sound very much like MJ. So she is either not playing MJ or they completely missed the mark on who MJ is.