zendaya in spiderman homecoming

SPOILER ALERT! Avoid if you want to go into the newest ‘Spider-Man’ film spoiler free!

Big MJ news today, first and foremost, we finally have confirmation on who exactly it is that Zendaya is playing in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ thanks to newly leaked information from Movie Pilot who got their information from the novelization of the film. Finally we know whether or not Zendaya will be playing eventual love of Peter Parker’s life, Mary Jane Watson. Sadly, she is not.

Zendaya is actually playing Michelle Toomes, daughter of villain Adrian Toomes, meaning her friendship with Peter Parker is still a big complication for the wall-crawler, especially since the trailers have shown that Toomes knows who Spider-Man really is, and will most likely not be happy to know his daughter is associating with the wall-crawler. How the whole family dynamic will play out should prove for some great drama in the film, but it sadly does mean we will most likely NOT be meeting MJ in the first solo film for Spidey in the MCU, meaning Liz Allen will remain his only love interest in the film.

However, we were teased with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker meeting “MJ” in the final NBA promo shown for the film, where Peter shows up to watch the finals with Tony Stark and immediately spots “MJ,” a huge fake-out as the camera reveals he is talking to Magic Johnson, who immediately tells him “Call me Magic kid.” It’s a definite tease, especially after all the Zendaya / MJ rumors floating around as of late, but at least it lets us know that Marvel/Disney/ Sony are well aware of fan desire to see Mary Jane on the big screen with Peter Parker once more, and maybe a hint that her reveal in the MCU is not as far off as it seems.

Hopefully, I’m right, but I could be wrong, feel free to share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.