IF YOU DO NOT WANT A BIG REVEAL TO BE SPOILED ABOUT ‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’, THEN YOU SHOULD NOT READ ANY FURTHER. I WILL EVEN PUT UP AN IMAGE TO GIVE YOU TIME TO LEAVE!!!
There is a big reveal moment in Spider-Man: Homecoming that seems to confirm an earlier rumor about the film. The rumor is that Michelle (Zendaya) is actually playing Mary Jane in the film. In the movie, she actually tells Peter that her friends call her ‘MJ’, which is what Mary Jane is called in the comics. So, was this a big reveal, or a big ruse? According to Kevin Feige, It was a big joke.
Zendaya fielded a ton of questions during production, regarding whether she was actually playing Mary Jane in the film. These questions arose, despite the fact that Zendaya looks nothing like Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Although the reveal was exciting and confusing for Spidey fans, Marvel President Kevin Feige says that Zendaya is playing Michelle and only Michelle. In an interview with IGN UK, Feige says:
“Well, we never even looked at it as a big reveal necessarily but more of just a fun homage to his past adventures and his past love. She’s not Mary Jane Watson. She never was Mary Jane Watson. She was always this new high school character, Michelle, who we know there’s an “M” in Michelle and an “M” in Mary [laughs].
So we’re so clever and we thought, “Wouldn’t it be neat if her initials were MJ?” And then I think it leaked that she would be playing MJ and then it became a whole headache for Zendaya to have to navigate. It was never a big, ‘Oh my God, it’s a big reveal!’ There are big reveals in the movie. That’s not one of them.
Is she going to date Peter? Are they going to fall in love? She seems to be intrigued with him. There’s a nice chemistry there. Who knows what will happen in the future films?”
Feige isn’t the only one who is standing by this, Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal also commented on Zendaya’s character, saying:
“She is not going to end as being Mary Jane Watson.”