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Mary Jane Watson rumours are swirling around the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Fan outrage over comic book movie castings is nothing new, but here our own Dewayne Edwards lays out a defence of recent studio castings and explains why fans should be avoid a rush to judgement.
Spider-Man: Preparing For The New Mary Jane
Recently, the internet has been filled with anger and heated debates about the recent rumors surrounding the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The one that stands out the most is the rumored casting of Zendaya, playing the role of one of Spider-Man‘s long time love interest, Mary Jane Watson.
I don’t feel comfortable saying that this is confirmed just yet, given all the constant surrounding rumours, but it does raise a question. If the rumour is true, why are people so angry?
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To start with, I think we need to learn to start trusting in Marvel‘s process in the way they make movies. Are their movies perfect, absolutely not, but they have a pretty good track-record and probably deserve some breathing room.
I know…I can hear you now, hard core DC fan boys, your thinking that I’m all Marvel and that I think that they can do no wrong. That’s completely false. I love both Marvel and DC films and I think we, as movie fans and ultimately comic book movie fans, need to trust the DCEU also. Yes, people are really mixed on the DCEU‘s past few films, with the plot or other little things, but one thing the general public can agree on is that most of their actors and actresses and the characters they’re portraying are pretty darn good.
But to get back to Marvel and what they’re doing with Spider-Man: Homecoming. In regards to Zendaya potentially playing Mary Jane we shouldn’t be in such a rush to be worried about if it’s going to work. Just because she doesn’t have the classic Mary Jane look doesn’t mean she can’t play that type of role. We shouldn’t be so worried because those of us who are complaining about the casting choices, aren’t the ones behind the scenes who have to actually make the film.
We may not know what the director is looking for in his characters. Marvel deserves our trust. There is a reason that a lot of people are going out and spending their money to see these movies. I can understand that when movies deviate from their comic book source materials, it can be a scary and confusing thing if you’re a fan of those particular stories, but we all need to calm down.
This can all be upsetting to fans because they have a connection to that character and it can be irritating seeing someone potentially ruin our expectations. But looking at the other side of it, there are great examples of movies that clearly deviate from their source material and have gone on to be highly successful. For example, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Each of these take liberal breaks from the source material, but do maintain the key things that make the story great. So we can see how this can work. When these studios choose to cast certain people for the roles of their characters, we should learn to trust them.
Let’s take a trip to the past and look at the many times that we, the fans, have reacted too quickly to casting and have gotten upset because we thought the casted actors couldn’t pull of their roles. Two of the most recent examples I can think of are Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Ben Affleck’s Batman.
When Tom Holland was rumored and then confirmed for the role of Spider-Man, a lot of people weren’t feeling it, because he wasn’t that well known at the time. Even though his age and portrayal of the character would be the most comic book accurate version of Spider-Man that we have yet seen, a lot of people were still upset about the casting. But after the release of Captain America: Civil War, a lot of people changed their look on Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Not all, but a lot. Even though we got to see very little of this new Spider-Man, most people were loving it.
Now, on to Ben Affleck’s Batman, which had an even more negative fan reaction. When Ben Affleck was announced to be playing the role of Batman, people went nuts. But as we can see, we have an amazing new Batman – arguably the best one yet. The grandaddy of all fan over-reactions was the outrage over the late great Heath Ledger, and his iconic portrayal of the Joker.
So if we look at all the times fans have been wrong about casting decisions, it’s safe to say that we should all learn to be patient and see the movie before assuming that someone is going to suck playing the role.
There’s nothing wrong with having reservations about it, but not giving it a chance may turn out to be a big mistake.
So how do you feel about the casting for Spider-Man: Homecoming?
Do you agree with me?
Comment below and let us know what you think.
Dewayne Edwards is a contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @ProPizza94