Zendaya Promises She's Not Mary Jane In Spider-Man: Homecoming

When Spider-Man: Homecoming hits the big screen this July, we know that Tom Holland will be reprising his role as Peter Parker, everybody’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We also know that Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton is playing the classic Spidey villain Adrian Toomes/Vulture while Jacob Batalon is playing Ned, a character that looks all too familiar to Miles Morales’ best friend Ganke, from the Marvel Comicsverse.

The biggest question mark still on the board revolves around the character that actress Zendaya is playing. Currently billed at “Michelle,” many fans theories have stated that she might end up playing Peter’s primary love interest Mary Jane Watson.

According to the former Disney star, that’s simply not the case.

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“My character is 100 percent Michelle,” Zendaya told MTV. “That’s her name. I promise you I’m not lying.”

Describing her character as a teenager with a dry and awkward sense of humor, Zendaya feels the character could be her true calling.

“She’s like my spirit animal,” she reflected. “She’s how I feel on the inside.”

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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.

The cast features Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green, and Marisa Tomei. The film is being directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car), based on a screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley (Vacation reboot) and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017.

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