Earlier this week it was reported that Zendaya, who was previously cast as "Michelle", has been cast as Spider-Man's long time love interest, Mary Jane Watson. Following this exciting, yet polarizing reveal, a cast list has leaked online that reveals various character roles. The list has leaked online after a very reliable Reddit source uploaded the photo online. The source has since deleted the original file so please take this with a grain of salt.
The cast list confirms, after much speculation, that Shocker will be making his long awaited theatrical debut in Homecoming. Actor Bokeem Woodbine, who was previously reported to be playing the supervillain, will be portraying Herman Schultz in the villains first ever theatrical appearance. Shocker is a fan favorite Spider-Man villain well known for his appearance in various Spider-Man video games and the 1990's Spider-Man: The Animated Series. The list states him as the #2 Shocker, which begs the question: Are there actually two Shockers?
Logan Marshall Green was rumored to be portraying Shocker before the report surfaced of Woodbine's casting, so it will be interesting to see if Marshall Green portrays the real Shocker and Woodbine plays a decoy of sorts. This would make sense as Marshall Green has a more faithful look to his comic book counterpart than Woodbine, not that Marvel has ever had issues with changing the look of their on-screen characters before.
Another notable casting is the inclusion of Kenneth Choi as Principal Morita. For those who don't remember, Choi played Howling Commando Jim Morita in Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This role confirms that Choi's Morita in Homecoming is, in fact, a distant relative of his Howling Commando character.
It is interesting to note that all actors listed are portraying characters linked to Midtown High School. Among Peter Parker and his classmates, we have Kenneth Choi's Principal Morita, Hannibal Burress's mystery character Coach Wilson, and several teachers and students. This cast list seems to confirm that Shocker and his thugs, or "goons" as they're named on the list, attack Midtown High which honestly sounds amazing. One of the best aspects of Spider-Man in high school is when villains attack. We saw Lizard attack Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man, which provided one of the most hilarious of Stan Lee's cameos, so it will be interesting to see what Marvel does with this.
This isn't the full cast list for Spider-Man: Homecoming as the leaks doesn't state Robert Downey JR, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton or Logan Marshall-Green among the official cast. This backs up my theory that this cast list leak could specifically be regarding a Midtown High fight sequence between Shocker (or multiple Shockers!) and Spider-Man.
What do you think of Bokeem Woodbine as Shocker? Do you want Zendaya to be portraying Mary Jane?