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Actress-singer Zendaya signs on for the Spider-Man reboot

03.07.2016

Given that we're a little over a year way from Sony and Marvel's SPIDER-MAN reboot, they're beginning to round out their cast of lead characters. The next name to join Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei is . . . Zendaya. If you're old like me, the name might be unfamiliar, but she's a singer/actress who previously played the role of Rocky Blue in Disney Channel's Shake It Up, and also was in the 16th seasons of Dancing with the Stars. As Deadline reports, she'll be playing the role of Michelle alongside Tom Holland. Whether Michelle is just a high school friend or something more, we'll have to wait and see.

Despite the popularity of the first two Raimi films, I've yet to watch a SPIDER-MAN flick that "did it" for me. Given that Marvel proper is getting in on this next one, I have some pretty high hopes. I may not like every movie that Marvel puts out, but they have a great handle on their characters. Taking Spidey back to high school is an interesting move, and even more interesting is how they're going to introduce him in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Think Tony Stark will provide our webslinger with his very own specialized suit? We'll find out in a couple of months!

Sony/Marvel's SPIDER-MAN is scheduled to hit theaters on July 7, 2017.

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10:46AM on 03/08/2016

Ugh.

And JUST when they seemed to be nailing it in every aspect. Holland is a great actor, I'd rather they had other great actresses for him to play off.
Let's wait and see if she delivers. Somehow I doubt it.
And JUST when they seemed to be nailing it in every aspect. Holland is a great actor, I'd rather they had other great actresses for him to play off.
Let's wait and see if she delivers. Somehow I doubt it.
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9:16PM on 03/07/2016

Good for her

I like her and it nice to see a positive young lady getting high profile acting jobs
I like her and it nice to see a positive young lady getting high profile acting jobs
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6:53PM on 03/07/2016

Michele Gonzolaz?

I googled Spider-Man and Michele and it turns out she was one of his many less than stellar "love" interests...in this case a chick he accidentally banged one time. This actress looks a lot like her...
I googled Spider-Man and Michele and it turns out she was one of his many less than stellar "love" interests...in this case a chick he accidentally banged one time. This actress looks a lot like her...
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5:44PM on 03/07/2016
who?
In general, I'm done with Sony making anything Marvel. I'm out before it even began, even with Marvel's help.
who?
In general, I'm done with Sony making anything Marvel. I'm out before it even began, even with Marvel's help.
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5:25PM on 03/07/2016
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if "Michelle" turns out to be Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane and they are just trying to keep that under wraps for now.
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if "Michelle" turns out to be Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane and they are just trying to keep that under wraps for now.
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3:32PM on 03/07/2016
I'm a big spiderman fan but i'm afraid they will never get it right.
I dont want to see the beginning of spiderman again, just start from the point where he has been spiderman for 10 years or so and married with mj.

And why cant they cast a taller more intimidating looking actor for spiderman,please no more skinny or small postured ones.Did you see Holland standing next to Chris hemsworth? Its too bad chris pratt is already in the marvel universe, to me he would be the perfect wisecracking
I'm a big spiderman fan but i'm afraid they will never get it right.
I dont want to see the beginning of spiderman again, just start from the point where he has been spiderman for 10 years or so and married with mj.

And why cant they cast a taller more intimidating looking actor for spiderman,please no more skinny or small postured ones.Did you see Holland standing next to Chris hemsworth? Its too bad chris pratt is already in the marvel universe, to me he would be the perfect wisecracking spiderman, and yes i know he doesnt look like a nerd but neither did he in the comics.
And i do hope i'm proven wrong and the movie and Holland will make me eat my words.
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4:37PM on 03/07/2016
Admittedly its been years since I was a 'big Spider-Man' fan but surely if you're a big fan you'll understand that one of the things that make Spidey as great as he is...is just how out of place or 'unworthy' he feels when he compares himself to so called established heroes. I want a Spidey whose going to be completely awkward when in the presence of Captain America or Stark or Thor. Holland standing next to Hemsworth is exactly how Spidey should look when standing next to Thor. Whilst I could
Admittedly its been years since I was a 'big Spider-Man' fan but surely if you're a big fan you'll understand that one of the things that make Spidey as great as he is...is just how out of place or 'unworthy' he feels when he compares himself to so called established heroes. I want a Spidey whose going to be completely awkward when in the presence of Captain America or Stark or Thor. Holland standing next to Hemsworth is exactly how Spidey should look when standing next to Thor. Whilst I could do without another origin story...a Parker 10 years in to his Spidey life should be a Spidey who can stand toe to toe with Iron Man, Thor or Cap. No, I think I want a Spidey who underestimates himself...but one Stark and the Cap clearly have a handle on in terms of how good he is. Sure, skip the origin, have him being a 3 month old Spidey...just as the brilliant Spectacular Spider-Man animated series did. I think Marvel seem to be making the right choices here.
3:24PM on 03/07/2016
Come on really? The movie gets released in a year. They're about to debut their new Spiderman this summer in Civil War. And the first big casting news of the movie is "Michelle", Peter's random friend from high school. Like get out some news on Mary-Jane, Flash Thompson, Norman Osborn, or whomever the villain will be. Still waiting on the announcement the JK Simmons will be reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson.
Come on really? The movie gets released in a year. They're about to debut their new Spiderman this summer in Civil War. And the first big casting news of the movie is "Michelle", Peter's random friend from high school. Like get out some news on Mary-Jane, Flash Thompson, Norman Osborn, or whomever the villain will be. Still waiting on the announcement the JK Simmons will be reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson.
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2:43AM on 03/09/2016
He's not. Simmons has signed on to play Commissioner Gordon.
He's not. Simmons has signed on to play Commissioner Gordon.
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3:06PM on 03/07/2016
Bad casting. She's a terrible actress.
Bad casting. She's a terrible actress.
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2:43PM on 03/07/2016
I'll be more excited once we know who Spider Man will be fighting and who will be portraying him.

Cranston is still my top pick for Norman Osborne.
I'll be more excited once we know who Spider Man will be fighting and who will be portraying him.

Cranston is still my top pick for Norman Osborne.
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5:13PM on 03/07/2016
He'd be a good one
He'd be a good one
12:45AM on 03/08/2016
Nic Cage. Plus what I really want to see more than anything else from Marvel is a Dark Avengers storyline, so Osbourne would have a substantial role going forward.
Nic Cage. Plus what I really want to see more than anything else from Marvel is a Dark Avengers storyline, so Osbourne would have a substantial role going forward.
2:36PM on 03/07/2016

Lol

Everyone thinks the Spider Man franchise is a complete joke at this point, right?
Everyone thinks the Spider Man franchise is a complete joke at this point, right?
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2:40PM on 03/07/2016
Yep.
Yep.
3:22PM on 03/07/2016
Yupp, pretty much
Yupp, pretty much
5:29PM on 03/07/2016
Yeah.
Yeah.
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