Zendaya will play Michelle MJ Jones in Spider-Man: Homecoming, producer Kevin Feige announced Saturday at the fan convention Comic-Con International in San Diego, reported Variety. The 18-year-old actress and singer currently stars in Disney Channel sitcom K.C. Undercover. She will make her film debut in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming next year, the third reboot of the Marvel character on the big screen, which stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Michael Keaton as villain Vulture. Spider-Man Homecoming actress Zendaya to play MJ
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Who is Michelle Jones/MJ?
Michelle MJ Jones-Watson (portrayed by Zendaya) is a character from Marvel comics and Spiderman. An aspiring entertainer, she became Peter Parker’s love interest in his civilian life. Her initial appearances were as a high school student who eventually moved on to becoming an investigative journalist for New York City’s Daily Bugle. In Amazing Spider-Man #25 she discovers that Peter is Spider-Man, but their romance continues despite her knowledge of his secret identity.
What do we know about Zendaya?
The 19-year-old’s character Michelle Jones is described as an eclectic Manhattan music student. Her full name is revealed in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which shows that she will be called Mary Jane Watson.
Is this good casting?
This choice isn’t quite as controversial as some may have feared. Despite being just 22 years old, Zendaya has been in dozens of shows and movies, from her Disney Channel stints (including Shake It Up) to films like The Greatest Showman and Spider-Man: Homecoming. It helps that she can sing, dance, act, and is well versed in comedy—skills that’ll come in handy for a young Mary Jane Watson. Spider-Man Homecoming actress Zendaya to play MJ
Where does she fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, she will be Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) classmate and love interest. She has previously appeared in TV shows like Shake It Up! and K.C. Undercover as well as films like The Greatest Showman on Earth, which also stars Tom Holland. She is also set to appear in a forthcoming Disney Channel Original Movie called Stargirl alongside Mad Men star Carla Gugino and former Disney Channel star Dylan Sprouse.
What about Miles Morales?
It’s true that we’ve yet to see anyone in a live-action Spider-Man film who is Peter Parker’s age and of color. But many people are also unsure about whether or not Miles Morales exists in Sony’s planned Spidey universe. In fact, however, he does — albeit as a child — played by Donald Glover (Community) at 12 years old. We just won’t see him in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Who else could have played MJ?
Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Tom Holland has revealed that singer, songwriter and actress Zendaya will be playing Michelle MJ Jones in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In a recent interview, he described her as perfect, adding that she is an actress with real talent. But there were other actresses who were up for MJ too. Here are four actresses who were linked to Spider-Man: Homecoming at one point or another.
5 Reasons why Zendaya is an excellent choice for MJ
(Zac Efron is playing Spiderman, Zendaya’s boyfriend in real life) She shares an iconic first name with her character – more people will recognize her name and watch it out of interest. Her character will have much more fame as a celeb too and should make for good publicity for both Michelle Jones and Mary Jane Watson. For one thing, it’s a big step up from Disney Channel fame.
4 Relationship History with Peter
The character’s first appearance was in The Amazing Spider-Man #25 (July 1965), written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Steve Ditko as Mary Jane M.J. Watson, a supporting character in Peter Parker’s life. In The Amazing Spider-Man #42 (June 1968), Mary Jane becomes Peter’s long-term love interest and they eventually get married in 1987’s The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21.
3 Her Personality and Strengths
The new Spider-Man: Homecoming Michelle is described as an independent and intelligent girl who doesn’t like superhero antics. She’s also a normal teenager, meaning she doesn’t have any superpowers. She knows Peter Parker very well, but their romance won’t be a driving force in the film. The character is said to be a gymnast and ballerina, which explains her figure and makes sense given her toned physique.
2 Her Character Traits
In order to successfully capture her character, Zendaya has stated that she plans on watching some of Liz Taylor’s films, who was best known for playing Ann Darrow in King Kong. In addition, there are several aspects of MJ that she plans on implementing into her portrayal. These include MJ being: a fashion icon, someone who is strong yet also vulnerable, and an overall good person. She’s smart and funny and she makes jokes at her own expense.
1 Her Bases from Comic Books
A native of Oakland, California, Zendaya is a singer and dancer who was signed with Columbia Records at a young age. She released two albums on that label before moving over to Hollywood Records, which has also produced singles for her.
Does Zendaya play MJ in Spider-Man?
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Michael Keaton plays Vulture as Donald Glover plays Miles Morales in Spider-Verse and also appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A third reboot of Spiderman will be released on February 8, 2019.
Is Zendaya playing Mary Jane?
Zendaya, who’s been widely reported as playing Michelle, may in fact be playing Mary Jane Watson. This is further indicated by an interview with her costar Tom Holland that occurred after a screening of Captain America: Civil War in Atlanta, Georgia.
Why was Zendaya casted as Mary Jane?
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has confirmed that newcomer Zendaya will be playing Spider-Man love interest Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Who is she? And why is she a good choice for such an iconic role? Here’s everything you need to know…
Did Zendaya know she was auditioning for MJ?
Yes. Her first audition was actually for Mary Jane Watson and she read opposite Tom Holland. She then tested with both Tom and with Tony Revolori who played Flash Thompson. It was only later that she found out her character was going to be a classmate of Peter Parker’s, so she had to go back in for another audition and screen test with a bunch of other high school students.
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The casting of 25-year-old Zendaya as Mary Jane Watson, a traditionally Caucasian character who’s Peter Parker’s romantic interest in comics, stirred controversy among some fans and critics. The singer and TV personality addressed her casting on Instagram, writing: To me, [MJ] is beautiful… To me, she represents intelligence, compassion, strength and love.
Did zendaya ever appear on the show The Parkers?
No. The character she played, named Megan Jones, was unrelated. Her first appearance on television was in an episode of Drake & Josh, followed by appearances in Cory in the House and Hannah Montana (the latter playing a different character). She went on to appear as Raquel Rocky Blue on Shake It Up and K.C. Cooper on KC Undercover before gaining wider recognition as co-host of Dancing with the Stars starting in season 21.
How old was zendaya when they came out with euphoria?
zendaya recently said that she was in her early teens when she was first discovered and went on to star in the blister pack, a film about three teenage girls coming of age. She also appeared in another early 2000s film, 2010’s the gift where she played a younger version of cate blanchett’s character.