It seems like everybody has an opinion on Zendaya being cast as the next Mary Jane. Some have said the character's ethnicity shouldn't be changed, others think the change is just fine. Once Stan Lee has his say on the matter, however, we should just accept it and move on.
Stan Lee Says Zendaya Will Be Wonderful As The New Mary Jane
The creator of Mary Jane himself has officially endorsed Zendaya for the role in Spiderman: Homecoming.
“If she's as good an actress as I hear she is, I think she'll be absolutely wonderful!''
James Gunn Perfectly Explains Why A Good Portrayal Of Mary Jane Isn't Dependent On Race
Fans of Mary Jane (like myself) shouldn't worry as much about what color she is as much as whether she can be like her comic book counterpart or not.
If, a character’s primary attribute — the thing that makes them iconic — is the color of their skin, or their hair color, frankly, that character is shallow and sucks. For me, what makes MJ, MJ, is her alpha female playfulness, and if the actress captures that, then she’ll work.
Wanna read more superhero casting news? Click below:
- A New Cast List For 'Spiderman: Homecoming' May Have Leaked, What Does It Reveal?
- From Iron Fist To Mary Jane: Why The Comic Book Casting Controversies?
We Can Count On An Accurate, Comic Book Portrayal Of Mary Jane Watson
This Spider-Man reboot is really focused on being faithful to the comics, which means they must know that everybody cast will do their part justice — including Zendaya. So, I'm not worried about the next Spider-Man film at all.
Why Mary Jane Is So Important
Why all fuss over Mary Jane? On top of being an iconic Marvel character, Mary Jane is the catalyst for Peter's transition into the confident hero he'll eventually become. Without her, it's possible Spidey wouldn't be the fearless wall crawler we know him as today.
Get hyped for Spider-Man next cinematic appearance by watching all the times he's saved the day in his previous onscreen appearances in the Movie Pilot original video below: