Late last week, it was revealed that Disney Channel star Zendaya would be playing the iconic Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and we all braced for the inevitable angry backlash, and the counter backlash, and counter-counter backlash and the … well, you get it. Surprisingly, the expected negativity never really materialized. Sure, some nerds want assurances Mary Jane will have red hair in the movie (a reasonable request), and there are the usual scattered racists we can safely ignore, but for the most part, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Well, now Mary Jane’s co-creator Stan Lee is joining the supportive chorus. Here’s what Lee had to say about the casting…
“If she is as good an actress as I hear she is, I think it’ll be absolutely wonderful. The color of their skin doesn’t matter, their religion doesn’t matter. All that matters is that this the right person for the role.”
Stan Lee, still dropping those wisdom bombs at age 93. Nobody can say for sure if Zendaya will nail the role from an acting standpoint, but she certainly looks more like the classic John Romita version of Mary Jane Watson than anybody who’s played her previously.
Come on, those brows? That chin? Marvel hit the jackpot with this casting.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7, 2017.
(Via The Toronto Sun)