The Internet Is (and Isn’t) Digging Zendaya as the New Mary Jane in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’
Marvel Studios is take some commendable steps to shake up many of their practically all-white superhero films. Although the comic book features numerous African and African-American characters, the upcoming Black Panther is swinging for the fences by including some of the very best Black actors and actresses working today, including Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman.
Played by Kirsten Dunst in the past, MJ is traditionally a redheaded Caucasian, characteristics that some fans apparently feel are an important part of the character’s presence.
Zendaya shouldn’t be Mary Jane in the new Spider-Man movie it won’t make sense
— GHOST (@OfficialBPlus) August 19, 2016
But take heart, those of you who’d like to see a fresh take on Peter Parker’s ladylove. There are many who are thrilled about a person of color taking on the role.
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) August 19, 2016
I have nothing to add to the Zendaya as MJ “debate” other than “yay” & “they already cast her, shut up, you’re on the wrong side of history”
— Kate @ FlameCon 148 (@kateleth) August 19, 2016