'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Latest, News and Updates: Zendaya Casting for Mary Jane Answered by Stan Lee; Mixed Reactions Flood Web

By Dannel Picaccio Camille Perez Lozano , Updated Aug 26, 2016 05:52 AM EDT
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Marvel's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is aptly one of the most awaited standalone films of all time. That being said, whoever enters the roster-or is at least rumored to, certainly has a lot of eyes gazing at them.

Such is the case with the proposed casting of young actress Zendaya in "Spider-Man: Homecoming." The actress, rumored to take on the role of Mary Jane Watson, has sparked quite a lot of controversy as of late.

According to Slash Film, the actress' heritage has come in question to many Marvel fans. For those unaware, Mary Jane Watson is one Peter Parker's love interests in the graphic novel, wherein she is depicted as a red-haired white woman. Zendaya, on the other hand, if confirmed to play the part, will be the first to portray the role as a black actress in "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

Naturally, fans of the franchise attest to such for "Spider-Man: Homecoming," but even one of the people behind it has spoken on the matter. As per The Toronto Sun, Stan Lee said that as far as the actress is potentially good-and hearing that Zendaya is, it should not be a concern.

The same statement was delivered by James Gunn, the director of "Guardians of the Galaxy." Gunn said that the character's main attributes should be the determining factors in casting, not entirely the overall physical manifestation.

Apart from "Spider-Man: Homecoming," Marvel can be recalled on making a handful of character choices that strayed off the original. One such example is the first "Daredevil" movie, wherein the late Michael Clarke Duncan played the role of The Kingpin, fast forward to the more recent "Fantastic Four" wherein Michael B. Jordan played Human Torch.

Will Marvel push through with the idea of casting Zendaya for Mary Jane Watson in "Spider-Man: Homecoming?" Keep posted for further news.

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