Teen star Zendaya has been cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but it's not been clear what character she's playing. Now a report from The Wrap indicates that her role is an incredibly familiar one, and her being cast in it might well cause much gnashing of teeth among fanboys, especially the vocal racist wing of fanboy culture.
This could be a spoiler so don't read on if you don't want to be spoiled.
Zendaya is playing Mary Jane Watson. You thought the internet got upset when they cast people with the wrong hair color, imagine how Reddit is gonna react to this.
It makes sense. Footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming was shown at Comic-Con this year and the very beautiful Zendaya was saddled with big, baggy clothes and a messy hair style. Why hire this actress to play a frumpy role? Well, you do it if your eventual reveal is that she's actual future model MJ. Zendaya looked great as the frumpy, snarky dork in the footage, and we already know she looks great all done up, so the character arc seems to write itself.
I love this news. And having already seen Zendaya in action in footage, I love her casting. The whole thing makes me happy, and I'm psyched that Marvel is doing this kind of positive race bending.