ByChristina St-Jean, writer at
Mom to 2 awesome girls. Love teaching, love writing. Black belt recipient and always into Star Trek, Star Wars and Harry Potter!
Christina St-Jean

Zendaya is probably one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood. With a hit television show on Disney Channel, K.C. Undercover, and her upcoming role in the latest Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming — in addition to her burgeoning music career — the young actress is definitely in high demand.

There was a great deal of buzz surrounding her role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, particularly when it was believed that she was cast as the female lead. People essentially freaked out because they believed that Mary Jane Watson should not be of any ethnicity other than Caucasian, simply because that had always been her ethnicity in the comics and in the movies that had come out to date.

Once word got out that she was not, in fact, playing Mary Jane, the naysayers (and the ugly moment) appear to have settled down. But Zendaya is still bringing an incredible amount of talent to the role, perhaps in a surprising way.

For a young woman who has been known for her striking good looks on K.C. Undercover and Dancing With The Stars, it would appear she might be trying to play against type with . On K.C. Undercover, she can kick bad-guy butt and still have good hair and makeup.

[Credit: Disney]
[Credit: Disney]

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, it looks like it might be a different story.

Zendaya will be playing the part of Michelle, and it could be that this is Michelle Gonzalez, a character from Mark Waid's Amazing Spider-Man days. Very little is known about the character in Spider-Man: Homecoming, beyond the fact that Michelle might be a bit feisty — she appears to hear Peter and his buddy Ned Leeds swooning over the pretty girl, and says that the boys are "losers."

If Zendaya is ditching the perfectly coiffed and made-up appearance that she's become known for in recent years for her role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, this would be outstanding, as it sends a message to girls that you don't have to be known for your looks — you can bring more to the table beyond that.

Zendaya would appear to be one of the young actresses of the 21st century who truly embraces being a role model for young kids. "Doing and making positive programming for young people is so important to me, this means so, so much to me," she said during the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.

Certainly, Zendaya has already done a fantastic job supporting that ideal; her role as K.C. Cooper on K.C. Undercover already breaks a few stereotypes as she portrays a beautiful high schooler who's also a bit of a genius and an amazing athlete — busting the idea that pretty girls can't also be smart — but taking on the part of someone who isn't always known for being beautiful can be a very good thing for Zendaya and for girls, too.

Are you excited to see Zendaya in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Who do you think Michelle is? Tell us in the comments below!


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