Last week, we heard some rumblings of the most fantastic Spider-Man news ever: Zendaya is said to be playing Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming film! While most of us die-hard Zswaggers were over-the-moon exciting to hear this, some racist trolls took to social media to attack the actress for not being able to play the character since she is black.
Director James Gunn initially tweeted out a message that made his feeling on the matter very clear: Zendaya's skin color should make no difference in the casting or the role.
But when the social media back-and-forth on this topic continued, John took to Facebook to share a longer message on the issue – without confirming that Zendaya is playing this role. He explained that he understands why, on a fan level, some people may be upset about changes to the character in any way – but racist comments don't belong in this discussion.
He makes several excellent points in his post but one thing really stands out: if the only interesting thing about the character of MJ were her skin color, there really wouldn't be a lot left over.
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