What Does Stan Lee Think About Zenadaya Casting In Spiderman-Homecoming?

Stan Lee-legendary comic book writer and the literal godfather of Marvel movies at this point- has been lucky enough to witness his creation Spider-Man take life on the big screen for three franchises. So he may have a thought or two about what is happening with Spider-Man Homecoming.
CBR sat down Lee for an interview before an appearance at a Fan Expo Canada and answered a few questions concerning the new movie and Spider-Man movies in general. Lee had declared the first Spider-Man movie, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey McGuire.
Lee also discussed the casting of Zenadaya as Mary-Jane in the new Spider-Man:Homecoming:

“I think it’s a great idea. I wish I had thought of it. I can’t wait to see that gal, I can’t wait to see that movie, and I think the public will love it.”

Zenadaya’s casting has made a splash of controversy as the character has been traditionally portrayed as being white red head woman. It was kept under wraps by the filmmakers,even news being reported that Zenadaya would play a character named Michelle. The role had been made famous by Kirsten Dunst in the said Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. The racial topic will always be debatable but we are now in an age where color should not factor into a character and should be universal. If the actors capture the spirit of the characters,that should be enough-case in point  Michael B. Jordan who took on the role of the Human Torch in last year’s revival of Fantastic Four or Tilda Swinton taking on The Ancient One in the upcoming Dr.Strange.


Homecoming’s director director had also commented on wanting to diversify the new Spider-Man’s world so it is not surprising about casting out of the ordinary.

“Peter Parker goes to high school in Queens, and Queens is one of—if not the—most diverse places in the world. So I just wanted it to reflect what that actually looks like.”


Amy Fanai

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