Umberto Gonzalez (‘El Mayimbe,’ formerly of Latino Review) – who we previously heard confirming Asa Butterfield as Peter Parker on Instagram a year ago (since deleted) – has written a piece at the Wrap stating that… well we’d better put this down below the fold as a public service for the spoilerphobic. (Click below for the clickbaity red meat news of the day!)
Gonzalez is reporting that Zendaya is playing Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film from Sony & Marvel. His source is “two individuals with knowledge of the project.”
From the Wrap:
Zendaya will be playing long-time Spider-Man love interest Mary Jane Watson in next summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” two individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Sony declined to comment. Representatives for Marvel and Zendaya did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
For now, take it with a grain of salt. Other sites are taking this and breathlessly running with it as “OMG confirmed!!” while others have taken a more guarded approach and just saying “Hey, dude at the Wrap said this.” Which is how we’re going to report it here unless it’s otherwise officially confirmed. If Zendaya is playing Spidey’s favorite iconic redhead, the recent set pics from Atlanta certainly don’t reflect it.
Hat Tip to Mohammed!
UPDATE – 10:26 PM. “Some guy on Reddit” noticed a tweet that was retweeted by Laura Harrier (playing Liz in the Spider-Man reboot). The retweet, if a true retweet and not Photoshopped for Reddit, indicates that the filmmakers are “staying away from Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy” and focusing on Liz as Peter’s new romantic interest. If this truly was retweeted, the retweeted tweet no longer exists on Harrier’s Twitter page. Either way, the Reddit post about the retweet that is no longer retweeted doesn’t flat out deny the Wrap’s clickbait.
A Tale of Two Tweets or the Case of the Retweeted Tweet That Got Unretweeted? Heh.