After months of rumors and speculations, the role of Zendaya in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming has officially been confirmed. Her character, Michelle, an outcast and a friend to both Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Peter Parker (Tom Holland). However, towards the end of the movie, she uttered a surprising remark: the character referred to herself as “MJ” and she will likely have a bigger role in the sequel. In a new interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained the surprising plot twist.
Zendaya has long been rumored as Mary Jane, Peter Parker’s other half. However, the people behind the movie repeatedly insisted that she is not Mary Jane who, in the comics was white and a red head, but is, in fact, Michelle, her own character.
The short line rustled some feathers, but before anyone complained about the inaccuracy of the character from her comic book counterpart, Feige, again, clarified that Zendaya is not Mary Jane. Rather, the throw-away line was to hint at her bigger role in the upcoming movies.
“In setting up this will be a very different thing, she’s not Mary Jane Watson, that’s not who the character is,” he told Den of Geek. “But giving her the initials that remind you of that dynamic certainly is intriguing about what could go forward.”
Zendaya does not play a major role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but she has been present in the life of Peter Parker. She was present in his every classes, the parties (or just one party) he attends, in Washington where the web-slinger followed Vulture’s (Michael Keaton) men and even in detention when she was not supposed to be there. She was the only one who noticed that he dropped out of his classes and even made a remark about his sudden disappearances (before claiming that she does not care).
“Clearly, she says she’s not obsessed with him, she’s just observant,” Feige added. “But she’s there. And to have fun with that while at the same time having it be different characters that can provide a different dynamic.”
Even if Michelle is not Mary Jane, the “MJ” line was included and was saved until the end of the movie as some kind of big reveal. Whether Zendaya’s character will be the MCU’s MJ or a copy remains to be seen. Fans will likely discover how she will figure into the superhero journey of Peter Parker in the next movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Box Office Report
Sony and Marvel’s relaunch of the Spider-Man franchise has been a massive success. The movie opened this weekend and already has swung its way on top of the box office charts.
After three days on the big screen, Spider-Man: Homecoming has grossed over $117 million at the domestic box office, reported Screen Rant. It currently holds the record for the second-highest debut for a Spider-Man solo movie, trailing after Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 which posted $151 million in its opening weekend. It is also the third-highest start for any movie in 2017 behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Beauty and the Beast. In addition, its success also helped the MCU pass the $12 billion mark worldwide.
Globally, the movie has already grossed $257 million and, thanks to the positive reviews from movie critics and audiences, it is expected to do well in the coming weeks or so. It will, however, face great competition with another anticipated summer movie, War of the Planet of the Apes, which will be released next weekend.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts. It also stars Robert Downey Jr., Marissa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalan, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Selenis Leyva, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Chernis and Gwyneth Paltrow. The movie is now available in theaters worldwide.
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