It has been “unofficially” confirmed that one of our favorite examples of #blackgirlmagic, Zendaya Coleman, will be playing Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s love interest, the in the upcoming film “Spiderman: Homecoming.” According to The Wrap, the latest Spidey flick will focus on Peter Parker in high school, which makes her role make absolute sense. Although Sony and reps from Marvel and Zendaya declined to comment (it’s common for them to keep roles a secret and even use pseudonyms in scripts), the Twitterverse went nuts with the news because this is a major milestone in comic book to movie adaptations — this is the first time a black woman is playing Spider Man’s love interest (after a slew of lackluster castings, in my opinion).
Of course, some of the “nerd police” didn’t take too kindly to this news, stating that Mary Jane needs to be a redhead (her red hair is her staple). Good thing Zendaya’s fans were ready to have her back with a quickness:
Looks like she was made for the role, right? All I know is that if she is appearing as Mary Jane Watson, I am most certainly going to see this new installment in the theaters.