This past summer, reports (of which there were multiple) that Zendaya would be portraying one of Spider-Man's most iconic characters, Mary Jane Watson, in Spider-Man: Homecoming spread across the internet like wildfire. However, neither Zendaya nor the film's director, Jon Watts, have confirmed those rumors — but that didn't stop fans from reacting to the potential casting anyway.
Most Spidey fans celebrated Zendaya's monumental casting. After all, if the rumors are true, this would mark the first time Mary Jane would be played by a woman of color on the big screen — and that's an important step toward diversity for both Sony and Marvel. Of course, as with most comic book–related castings, there was an angry subset of fans that reacted negatively to the casting of a young black woman as one of Marvel's most beloved redheads.
Now, Zendaya has a message for those protesting a black Mary Jane Watson: Get over it. During a lengthy conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, the 20-year-old actress addressed the controversy, saying, “People are going to react over anything. But nothing [about who she is playing] is fact. It's like, you guys are just making shit up at this point and then reacting to it.”
“But of course there's going to be outrage over that because for some reason some people just aren't ready,” she added. “I'm like, ‘I don't know what America you live in, but from what I see when I walk outside my streets of New York right now, I see lots of diversity and I see the real world and it's beautiful, and that's what should be reflected and that's what is reflected so you're just going to have to get over it.’”
Zendaya previously described her character as “super dry and awkward” — someone she could relate to in real life. Those who screened footage at San Diego Comic-Con described her character in particular as channeling Linda Cardellini's Lindsay Weir from Freaks and Geeks, with her thrift store duds and DGAF attitude.
So you can expect an exciting new take on the iconic character — whether you like it or not.