After months of Zendaya's Spider-Man: Homecoming role being known as "Michelle," a report last week revealed that the Disney Channel actress will actually play Mary Jane Watson, one of Peter Parker's love interests from the comic books. The news was met with mixed reactions online, with some approving of the casting while others complaining because the star's mixed ethnicity didn't match Mary Jane's, who's always been known as Caucasian in the comics and previous films. But Marvel legend Stan Lee has shared his thouhts, and he's open to seeing Zendaya play Mary Jane next year.
Lee, who co-created Mary Jane with John Romita Sr. and Steve Ditko in the 1960s, told The Toronto Sun that he's heard good things about Zendaya's performance, so he's interesting in seeing how she'll do in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He said:
"If she is as good an actress as I hear she is, I think it'll be absolutely wonderful."
Mary Jane's rumored racial change doesn't clearly bother Stan Lee. Regardless of skin color, he's just eager to see how the actors portray his characters. Mary Jane's inclusion in Spider-Man: Homecoming has yet to be officially confirmed, but news of Zendaya possibly playing Mary Jane has ignited debates among fans. While some fans think that her casting is going against the source material, Stan Lee seems to side with those who are more open to seeing her play Parker's red-haired love interest.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to release in theaters on July 7, 2017.