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08.18.2016

Zendaya Spider-Man: Homecoming

If you'd like to steer clear of spoilers for SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, it's probably best to move on. For the rest of you, let's get going. When Zendaya was first cast in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, it was said that she would be playing a "key role" in the Spidey flick as Michelle, a character who would go on to become "a bigger part in future installments." According to a new report by The Wrap, Michelle may have just been a code-name for a much more important character in the SPIDER-MAN universe.

The outlet reports that Zendaya will actually be playing, drum-roll, Spider-Man's long-time girlfriend Mary Jane Watson. For fans who would prefer that actors look precisely like the comic-book characters they play, this news may come as a bit of a surprise as Zendaya didn't look all that much like the Mary Jane we're used to in the set-photo's we've seen. I've got no issue with putting a different spin on established characters, but as I've seen exactly nothing of Zendaya's prior acting work, I can't comment on if she's a good fit for Mary Jane Watson or not; I'll leave that up to you good folks.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is set for a July 7, 2017 release.

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Source: The Wrap

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7:16AM on 08/21/2016
I dont know her, I've never seen her act, only photos. Admittendly its kinda left field, but why not? Some account on instagram @nerdwithballs posted a selfie of her, looks like on set / in costume. Gotta say, Daaaaamn! Also, time to eave Dunst alone. She''s a decent actress. Raimi just never gave her anything interesting to do.
I dont know her, I've never seen her act, only photos. Admittendly its kinda left field, but why not? Some account on instagram @nerdwithballs posted a selfie of her, looks like on set / in costume. Gotta say, Daaaaamn! Also, time to eave Dunst alone. She''s a decent actress. Raimi just never gave her anything interesting to do.
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7:09PM on 08/20/2016
Who the fuck is Zendaya?
Who the fuck is Zendaya?
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3:13AM on 08/20/2016
This blows if true. Felicia Hardy would have been better and made more sense.
This blows if true. Felicia Hardy would have been better and made more sense.
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1:54AM on 08/20/2016
Disney Channel child actors are all terrible

Miley Cyrus, Shia LeBeouf, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Ben Foster, and Zac Efron. All terrible actors and box office poison.
Disney Channel child actors are all terrible

Miley Cyrus, Shia LeBeouf, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Ben Foster, and Zac Efron. All terrible actors and box office poison.
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12:01AM on 08/20/2016
I'm tired of the brutal hatred towards Gingers these days; now we're casting established partially African American/black actors in the role of an established and well known Ginger? The Ginger-hate in our time is horrible and inexcusable...gingers are people too! [link]
I'm tired of the brutal hatred towards Gingers these days; now we're casting established partially African American/black actors in the role of an established and well known Ginger? The Ginger-hate in our time is horrible and inexcusable...gingers are people too! [link]
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7:41PM on 08/19/2016
Call me a racist, misogynist, caveman I don't give a fuck, but I'm a purist. I like my characters to look and act the way they did on paper because that IS the character. So fuck this girl who looks nothing like Mary Jane, and even worse she can't fucking act for shit. I've seen her Disney channel bullshit. and FYI I railed against Marvel just as hard with the Ancient One and Baron Mordo Changes along with the Mandarin changes. I'm all for diversity, but if you want strong female and minority
Call me a racist, misogynist, caveman I don't give a fuck, but I'm a purist. I like my characters to look and act the way they did on paper because that IS the character. So fuck this girl who looks nothing like Mary Jane, and even worse she can't fucking act for shit. I've seen her Disney channel bullshit. and FYI I railed against Marvel just as hard with the Ancient One and Baron Mordo Changes along with the Mandarin changes. I'm all for diversity, but if you want strong female and minority characters then elevate those characters within the Marvel universe that are female and/or minority. There are a lot of them, I mean Jessica Jones was a lesser character until the Netflix series and now most everyone knows who she is and is a fan. Or even better create new original ones and push them. Example would be one of my favorite new characters Guillotine, a female and badass and most importantly ORIGINAL. I love how minority groups whine about appropriation of their culture but when white creations are changed for them it supposed to be totally ok. The response will be that "all these characters are white from an age where everything was white". Well that is true, white people created these characters so they created what they saw and dreamed about from their perspective. If you want minority and female lead characters and stories, then step the fuck up and create your own. I'll happily be there for original comic stories. But to the all SJW's stop thinking you're "owed" characters that reflect you by stealing established characters instead of getting up off your ass and working hard (like the original creators did 50+ years ago) to make what you want to see/read.
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4:57PM on 08/19/2016
Man, a lot of people are REALLY pissed about an unsubstantiated rumor.
Man, a lot of people are REALLY pissed about an unsubstantiated rumor.
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2:43PM on 08/19/2016

Get used to it, Disney is going to destroy the remaining Marvel/Star Wars movies

I say that with much fervor. This girl can't act OR sing. As GrungeDotCom put it, she is a product, nothing more, and Disney is going to keep adding their current stable of horrible actors/actresses to future movie franchises. Disney can go bankrupt for all I care...but they won't because idiot teenagers, (and I do stress idiot) will still pump their parents' dollars in to this crap.
I say that with much fervor. This girl can't act OR sing. As GrungeDotCom put it, she is a product, nothing more, and Disney is going to keep adding their current stable of horrible actors/actresses to future movie franchises. Disney can go bankrupt for all I care...but they won't because idiot teenagers, (and I do stress idiot) will still pump their parents' dollars in to this crap.
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2:27PM on 08/19/2016

Dear Hollywood, MAKE IT STOP,

Zendaya....NO.
Another f**king Spider Man....NO
Political Correctness....NO
Zendaya....NO.
Another f**king Spider Man....NO
Political Correctness....NO
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2:06PM on 08/19/2016
As the father of a tween I have seen her act on the Disney channel. Trust me its nothing to write home about, typical shitty Disney channel acting. But she did star with Bella Thorne in a show......holy shit I would much rather look at Bella in this role
As the father of a tween I have seen her act on the Disney channel. Trust me its nothing to write home about, typical shitty Disney channel acting. But she did star with Bella Thorne in a show......holy shit I would much rather look at Bella in this role
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10:03AM on 08/19/2016

This is like casting Selena Gomez or some shit

Go look her up on youtube and see some of the trash she's in and how she acts, it's Disney Channel garbage. I don't know why studios think these Disney stars have any kind of "real" acting quality. Is she pretty? Sure, but that's about it.
Go look her up on youtube and see some of the trash she's in and how she acts, it's Disney Channel garbage. I don't know why studios think these Disney stars have any kind of "real" acting quality. Is she pretty? Sure, but that's about it.
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9:34AM on 08/19/2016
If you're not going to cast an actress that looks the part, you could at the very least make sure she has a good resume.
If you're not going to cast an actress that looks the part, you could at the very least make sure she has a good resume.
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8:28AM on 08/19/2016
I have no idea who this is...
I have no idea who this is...
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7:54AM on 08/19/2016
"I've seen exactly nothing of Zendaya 's prior acting work, I can't comment on if she's a good fit for Mary Jane Watson or not "

If you're up for a challenge, try tolerating KC Undercover on Disney Channel (Hint: best watched with the brain turned off... as in " pull the plug from the wall-socket " off)
"I've seen exactly nothing of Zendaya 's prior acting work, I can't comment on if she's a good fit for Mary Jane Watson or not "

If you're up for a challenge, try tolerating KC Undercover on Disney Channel (Hint: best watched with the brain turned off... as in " pull the plug from the wall-socket " off)
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4:47AM on 08/19/2016
Everyone is bringing race into it but she looks whiter than I do. Give her red hair and I'm good
Everyone is bringing race into it but she looks whiter than I do. Give her red hair and I'm good
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3:31AM on 08/19/2016

Who cares?

It's not like they've ever cast a true red head to play Mary Jane anyway. Why start now?
It's not like they've ever cast a true red head to play Mary Jane anyway. Why start now?
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1:12AM on 08/19/2016
Funny how a lot of people wanted a black Spider-Man but still says no to a non-white Mary Jane.
Funny how a lot of people wanted a black Spider-Man but still says no to a non-white Mary Jane.
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12:28AM on 08/19/2016

Piss Poor Choice

Not a fan of this casting. And she's a terrible actress.
Not a fan of this casting. And she's a terrible actress.
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12:19AM on 08/19/2016
How is this news? Her role was revealed in the trailer shown at SDCC 2016, so I don't understand where all this is coming from. And for those who have not seen the trailer, she doesn't play the pretty girl. That belongs to another young actress.
How is this news? Her role was revealed in the trailer shown at SDCC 2016, so I don't understand where all this is coming from. And for those who have not seen the trailer, she doesn't play the pretty girl. That belongs to another young actress.
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3:36AM on 08/19/2016
Wait, did the Comic Con trailer specifically reveal she was Mary Jane?
Wait, did the Comic Con trailer specifically reveal she was Mary Jane?
12:46PM on 08/19/2016
It did not say she was MJ, she did not have red hair, and she was the "unkempt" girl on the sidelines, not the focus of Spidey's pining.
It did not say she was MJ, she did not have red hair, and she was the "unkempt" girl on the sidelines, not the focus of Spidey's pining.
4:56PM on 08/19/2016
So then her role wasn't revealed. And technically this news doesn't reveal her role either since it's just a rumor
So then her role wasn't revealed. And technically this news doesn't reveal her role either since it's just a rumor
11:42PM on 08/18/2016
Oh no, an actress doesnt look exactly like the fictional character they are portraying. How dare they sully the legacy of a person who has never existed before
Oh no, an actress doesnt look exactly like the fictional character they are portraying. How dare they sully the legacy of a person who has never existed before
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12:42AM on 08/19/2016
You wouldn't be saying that if they picked a black Bond... or a black Cpt Kirk
You wouldn't be saying that if they picked a black Bond... or a black Cpt Kirk
1:15AM on 08/19/2016
Stephen Chow played a Chinese James Bond once. It was awesome.
Stephen Chow played a Chinese James Bond once. It was awesome.
2:50AM on 08/19/2016
Actually i dont care about a black Bond or a black Kirk either. I have a problem when they change the race to make a statement. I wouldnt have a problem with a black James Bond, but if in the movie he is also fighting racism, then i have a problem. Dont make it a gimmick. If the actor is talented then they should be allowed to play the part. If the studio is saying "hey look, we are being edgy and progressive by casting a black man" then yeah i have a problem. But if the studio is saying "this
Actually i dont care about a black Bond or a black Kirk either. I have a problem when they change the race to make a statement. I wouldnt have a problem with a black James Bond, but if in the movie he is also fighting racism, then i have a problem. Dont make it a gimmick. If the actor is talented then they should be allowed to play the part. If the studio is saying "hey look, we are being edgy and progressive by casting a black man" then yeah i have a problem. But if the studio is saying "this actor is very talented and we think he'd make a good James Bond" then i can support that. The issue is we dont often know what the studio says about this until after the film comes out. Also, if the film bombs, they will often blame the controversy as oppose it just being a terrible movie. Studios are gonna be more hesitant towards female lead adventure comedies because of Ghostbusters, but having a female cast wasnt the main reason people didnt see the movie. They didnt see it because it wasnt that good. But studios only see movies in vague numbers and controversies.
4:48AM on 08/19/2016
Tell that to the critics of The Wall
Tell that to the critics of The Wall
10:18PM on 08/18/2016

Eh, whatever

Aunt May isn't exactly accurate either. We've had two different adaptations already. If we're going to have yet another, we might as well have a bit of an alternative take at this point.
Aunt May isn't exactly accurate either. We've had two different adaptations already. If we're going to have yet another, we might as well have a bit of an alternative take at this point.
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10:15PM on 08/18/2016
Cool--was worried that Mary Jane wouldn't even be in the movie.

Seems interesting to me that people are upset about her hair/skin color. Trust me guys, there are many, many more important things to worry about involving yet another Spiderman reboot.
Cool--was worried that Mary Jane wouldn't even be in the movie.

Seems interesting to me that people are upset about her hair/skin color. Trust me guys, there are many, many more important things to worry about involving yet another Spiderman reboot.
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9:54PM on 08/18/2016
Cool. I mean, the girl's pretty. I don't know much about her. Color her hair red and It's good.
Cool. I mean, the girl's pretty. I don't know much about her. Color her hair red and It's good.
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12:20AM on 08/19/2016
Her hair is not red in the trailer shown at SDCC, and I don't think she is playing MJ.
Her hair is not red in the trailer shown at SDCC, and I don't think she is playing MJ.
8:00AM on 08/19/2016
Should it be a must MJ needs red hair?
Should it be a must MJ needs red hair?
9:51PM on 08/18/2016

Lame

It's hard enough to cast a good red head... But the red hair is a big part of what makes MJ an iconic character... I'm fine with race change on characters to make Hollywood more diverse but this is a bad choice I think.
It's hard enough to cast a good red head... But the red hair is a big part of what makes MJ an iconic character... I'm fine with race change on characters to make Hollywood more diverse but this is a bad choice I think.
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9:50PM on 08/18/2016
I was actually curious to see how that Divergent girl would have played Mary Jane in the third Amazing Spider-man film. Sure, Amazing Spider-man 2 was a disappointment, but series like X-Men, Bond, Star Trek, and Rocky have found ways to recover after a weak film. I know I'm in the minority, but I would have liked to have seen how Peter changed after the death of Gwen and where that story might have gone, instead of another reboot.
I was actually curious to see how that Divergent girl would have played Mary Jane in the third Amazing Spider-man film. Sure, Amazing Spider-man 2 was a disappointment, but series like X-Men, Bond, Star Trek, and Rocky have found ways to recover after a weak film. I know I'm in the minority, but I would have liked to have seen how Peter changed after the death of Gwen and where that story might have gone, instead of another reboot.
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9:35PM on 08/18/2016

Red heads are more of a minority btw

I can't believe I'm going to be "one of those purist assholes" but..... This is an iconic roll ya'll, and it's complete BS. Any self respecting Chris Rock fan knows that black chicks just are not really attracted to white guys; much less skinny, dorky, wimpy white guys. You tell me; every seen a strong black woman arm in arm with a woody Allen lookalike? Nope. This is purely a PC casting decision. I don't know if this movie will be any good, but this is like watching John McCain pick Sarah
I can't believe I'm going to be "one of those purist assholes" but..... This is an iconic roll ya'll, and it's complete BS. Any self respecting Chris Rock fan knows that black chicks just are not really attracted to white guys; much less skinny, dorky, wimpy white guys. You tell me; every seen a strong black woman arm in arm with a woody Allen lookalike? Nope. This is purely a PC casting decision. I don't know if this movie will be any good, but this is like watching John McCain pick Sarah Palin as his running mate; it's all uphill from there. Enjoy the spin.
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9:15PM on 08/18/2016
This Zendaya chick is annoying as hell on TV. Looking forward to this movie, but this casting kinda sucks.
This Zendaya chick is annoying as hell on TV. Looking forward to this movie, but this casting kinda sucks.
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9:08PM on 08/18/2016
Anyone is better than Kirsten Dunst.
Anyone is better than Kirsten Dunst.
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9:38PM on 08/18/2016
She reminds me of the lead singer of Smashing Pumpkins.
She reminds me of the lead singer of Smashing Pumpkins.
8:23PM on 08/18/2016
First Iris West, now Mary Jane Watson.

I'm honestly not that excited about this and/or Captain Marvel and the only saving grace for me for this film is Keaton as the Vulture and seeing Downey Jr as Stark making an appearance again.
First Iris West, now Mary Jane Watson.

I'm honestly not that excited about this and/or Captain Marvel and the only saving grace for me for this film is Keaton as the Vulture and seeing Downey Jr as Stark making an appearance again.
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8:12PM on 08/18/2016

Yeah

Shes fuckin hotter LOL. But do we need this movie ? Then next year be another reboot. How many fuckin remakes they going to do.
Shes fuckin hotter LOL. But do we need this movie ? Then next year be another reboot. How many fuckin remakes they going to do.
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11:15PM on 08/18/2016
well...now that Marvel is doing it, I think it will be awhile before a reboot.
well...now that Marvel is doing it, I think it will be awhile before a reboot.
8:04PM on 08/18/2016
Is it already time for another round of Hollywood's "Do you like the idea or are you a racist/sexist?" The question is why are we changing characters like this at all? It just seems like someone wants to sensationalize racism rather than make a Spider-Man movie that is true to the source material. I'm just kinda bored with these kinds of games.
Is it already time for another round of Hollywood's "Do you like the idea or are you a racist/sexist?" The question is why are we changing characters like this at all? It just seems like someone wants to sensationalize racism rather than make a Spider-Man movie that is true to the source material. I'm just kinda bored with these kinds of games.
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7:56PM on 08/18/2016
The more I hear about this movie, the more excited I get.
And I'm glad I can get in here before all the whiny pissbabies who populate the comment section of this site now show up and spout their bullshit.
The more I hear about this movie, the more excited I get.
And I'm glad I can get in here before all the whiny pissbabies who populate the comment section of this site now show up and spout their bullshit.
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