Earlier this week, comic book movie fans were rocked by the rumor that Zendaya’s leading role in Spider-Man: Homecoming may be one of Marvel’s most iconic female characters. But there may be more to the story than we previously believed, and even a third villain in the movie! Naturally, we’re breaking down the latest rumors, so face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot in today’s Nerdist News!
There are some spoilers ahead, so proceed with caution.
Is Zendaya going to be playing Mary Jane Watson opposite Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker? We like that idea, but as Nerdist News host and Daily Bugle reporter Jessica Chobot notes, the Spider-Man: Homecoming footage that we saw at Comic-Con doesn’t quite fit the rumor. In terms of her personality, Zendaya’s “Michelle” was about as far from MJ as you can get. That said, director Jon Watts could be playing the long game by giving Michelle a character arc in this film and in the probable sequels that will bring her much closer to her comic book counterpart. So, don’t count her out as MJ just yet!
While there’s no indication yet that Gwen Stacy will be part of the MCU’s Spider-Man reboot, Angourie Rice has apparently been cast as Betty Brandt, one of Peter Parker’s first love interests in the comics. Laura Harrier has already been confirmed as Liz Allen, the girl that Peter initially had a crush on during his high school days.
As for the villains, the latest word is that Fargo season 2 standout, Bokeem Woodbine is going to play the Shocker. With Michael Keaton (probably) playing the Vulture and Michael Chernus as the Tinkerer, this movie could be crowded with three villains unless Shocker only has a small role in the story.
What do you think about the latest casting rumors for Spider-Man: Homecoming? Spin a web, any size, and let’s discuss in the comments below!