Not much is known about Zendaya’s character in the joint Sony/Marvel Studios venture “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Early rumors suggested she’d take up the role of Peter Parker’s girlfriend Mary Jane Watson. However, that may not be the case; her character’s name is reportedly “Michelle,” and according to Nerdist, she will hew closer to a character from another iconic film: Alley Sheedy from John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.”
“I always thought of her as being a version of Ally Sheedy in ‘The Breakfast Club,’ what Linda Cardellini is like in ‘Freaks and Geeks,'” director Jon Watts revealed. “It’s just a cool character, and it’s cool for her to be that character I thought. She has a really cool wardrobe, really funny, lots of literary nods.”
Along with channeling Alley Sheedy, Zendaya’s Michelle will go for a no-frills loner look, skipping makeup for a ponytail, dark clothes, and a stack of textbooks. Even with her loner attitude, Michelle will still find herself as a friend to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.
Directed by Jon Watts (“Clown”), written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”) and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover and many, many others, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.