Friday, July 14, 2017

'MJ' in "Spiderman: Homecoming" Is NOT 'Mary Jane'

MJ Watson
Millions of Spiderman fans were aghast to no end when Zendaya’s character, Michelle, told Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and the rest of their friends to call her "MJ" during the latter part of "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

Good thing Marvel president Kevin Feige and Sony producer Amy Pascal clarified that Michelle is not the red-headed Mary Jane Watson.

Marvel are fully aware that they can get away with race change of a very minor character, but it knows better than to do it to a major character like Peter Parker's greatest love. They saw what happened with Fox's last "Fantastic 4" movie and they will not do it again and risk the movie bombing out.

"We never even looked at it as a big reveal necessarily, but more of just a fun homage to his past adventures and his past love. She never was Mary Jane Watson," Feige told IGN. "She was always this new high school character, Michelle, who we know there’s an 'M' in Michelle and an 'M' in Mary. So we're so clever and we thought, 'Wouldn't it be neat if her initials were MJ?'"

Even though it was a cool reference to the red-headed lady love of Peter, Feige said Michelle’s announcement that she’s "MJ" is not a big reveal.

"She is not going to end as being Mary Jane Watson," Pascal added.

In the comics, Mary Jane Watson is depicted as an extremely beautiful, green-eyed redhead, tall and definitely a Caucasian that has been the primary romantic interest of Peter for the last twenty years. The other prominent characters in Peter's love life are Gwen Stacy and the Black Cat, who are also white all-American girls.

Mary Jane is White AZs Snow
Meanwhile, Spider-Man is going to be pretty big in the next Marvel movies, more specifically "Avengers: Infinity War."

"I think it might feel bigger a little bit because of 'Homecoming' and because of what people know from it, but it’s about on par with [Civil War]," Feige told Fandango about Spidey’s role in the film.

When asked who else will join Spider-Man in "Infinity War," Feige decided to play coy. "There’s a pretty big crew already in those movies, but you might keep an eye out," he said.

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" was released on 7 July while "Avengers: Infinity War" will hit the big screen on 4 May 2018.

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