Marvel Head Explains The Full Story Behind Zendaya's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Character Michelle (aka MJ)

Marvel Head Explains The Full Story Behind Zendaya's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Character Michelle (aka MJ)

Whether you’ve seen Spider-Man: Homecoming once, or twice, or even five times (guilty over here!), you might still be confused about the story behind Zendaya‘s character, Michelle.

You’ve heard all the other stories about Michelle, how she shares a last name with Vulture, and how she refers to herself as “MJ” in the film as well…so Marvel head Kevin Feige took time out to fully explain just who Michelle is.

One thing is for certain though — Michelle IS NOT, nor has she ever been, Mary Jane Watson.

“We never even looked at it as a big reveal necessarily but more of just a fun homage to his past adventures and his [Peter Parker's] past love,” he says. “She’s not Mary Jane Watson. She never was Mary Jane Watson.”

Michelle is just Michelle, and that’s perfect.

Kevin adds, “She was always this new high school character, Michelle, who we know there’s an ‘M’ in Michelle and an ‘M’ in Mary. [laughs] So we’re so clever and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if her initials were MJ?’”

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Posted to: Movies, Spider Man, Zendaya
  • Marshy2391

    Seen it 5 times? I dont even think you’ve seen it once, because if you saw it you’d know her last name is NOT toomes. She isnt related to vulture (ADRIAN toomes btw not arthur so your not even familiar with the character yourself like you said in the other article) and its Liz who is his daughter in the movie. Try actually watching the movie and doing real research before you so lazily write incorrect news.

  • DougW

    Marvel has many great ideas, but referring to this character as “MJ” wasn’t one of them.

  • DougW

    Marvel has many great ideas, but referring to this character as “MJ” wasn’t one of them.

  • Donna Donna

    It was a waste of character because Zendaya was in just 5 or 6 super short scenes. Her character was like a cameo, she didn’t even have enough speaking lines. The Liz character had more speaking lines and more scenes. The writers had a bad job of conceptualizing Spidey’s new origin story.

    • Géant Ferré

      I think they might be setting up Z for multiple appearances.