Thursday, March 10, 2016

Disney star Zendaya joins Marvel's 'Spider-Man' reboot

I think it's still hard for me to accept that we're getting another reboot of Spider-Man in just over a year. It has been only four short years since Andrew Garfield took on the mantle of Spider-Man from Tobey Maguire and only two years since the sequel caused the total collapse of Sony's planned Spidey Cinematic Universe. So, yeah. It's sorta shocking to realize that we'll be seeing Tom Holland take over for Garfield in less than two months. But in this constantly changing cinematic world of superheroes, I guess we just have to accept it and move on. Director Jon Watts, best known for the well-received indie film Cop Car, is at the helm, with Sony oddly following a similar playbook to what The Amazing Spider-Man did a few years ago. However, I think that it's not an understatement to say that the cast is critical to this movie's success or failure. Say what you will about Marc Webb's TASM franchise, but it had some phenomenal casting- Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Irrfan Khan, and so on. They also cast Jamie Foxx as Electro, but we'll just ignore that for now. In terms of casting, Marvel and Sony's latest Spider-Man flick has to get it right. After the casting of Marisa Tomei a few months ago, Marvel is back with another major character move, and it's definitely an interesting one.

According to Deadline, Disney star/singer Zendaya has joined the cast of the Spider-Man reboot in the role of Michelle. Nobody knows if this role is a love interest for Holland's Peter Parker, but one would think that Watts and the writers would want to keep Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy in the mix. Zendaya is best known for starring in the Disney show Shake It Up!, which I must admit, is sorta past my time for Disney shows. So I don't know about this casting. Zendaya did emerge as a beautiful and charismatic breakout star from that show, but I have no idea if she'll be the right fit for the role or not. Nonetheless, Disney has produced a plethora of superstars before, and I see no reason that Zendaya will be any different. I'm most compelled by the nature of the role- is it a love interest? Maybe a villain? Who knows, really. According to some reports, we'll be getting our first look at the new Spider-Man in today's Captain America: Civil War trailer, so this franchise is definitely moving full steam ahead. So far, they're off to a pretty solid start. Civil War debuts on May 6, with Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man reboot hitting nearly a year later on July 7, 2017.

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