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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via Marvel/Sony

Image via Marvel/Sony

It’s happened. Marvel Studios once again did the impossible and created another hit with Doctor Strange, the 14th film in the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was a hit with both critics and fans, and as such, has become another notch on the studio’s belt.

But, of course, in true Marvel fashion, it’s not really fun to talk about the movie that just came out anymore. Instead, all eyes are now turning to future films in the MCU, including Spider-Man: Homecoming. This film is set to bring back Tom Holland as the titular Spider-Man (a.k.a. Peter Parker), and as was expected, we know that Holland has been signed on for many films in the MCU. But how many is the big question.

Speaking with THR, the young actor revealed that he’s signed on to three solo Spidey films, and three appearances. Thus far, he’s utilized one solo film (which is the movie that will be coming out next year), and one appearance (which was his role in Captain America: Civil War).

“[Marvel gives] you options and those could be exercised whenever. Like a cameo in Avengers,” Holland told THR. 

“I’m unclear as to which movies though. I do know I have three Spider-Man [appearances in other] movies and three solo movies contracted. But if you have another movie, Marvel is so good at working around it. They’re very respectful of your life, really. They understand that you have to work on other movies, and they try and fix it up so you can work around each other.”

This wasn’t the only big question fans have going into Spider-Man: Homecoming. A lot of fans have been curious about actress Zendaya and her role in the film. While it was initially speculated that her role would be that of a Michele, things always seemed to come back around to her playing an interpretation of Mary Jane.

Speaking with THR, she commented on the controversy.

“People are going to react over anything. But nothing [about who she is playing] is fact. It’s like, you guys are just making sh*t up at this point and then reacting to it. Whenever we were on set, one of us gets some random character name [on the call sheet]. [Bloggers were] like, ‘Oh they must be so and so.’ And we just crack up about it, because it’s like, ‘Whatever you want to think. You’ll find out.’ It’s funny to watch the guessing game. But of course there’s going to be outrage over that because for some reason some people just aren’t ready. I’m like, ‘I don’t know what America you live in, but from what I see when I walk outside my streets of New York right now, I see lots of diversity and I see the real world and it’s beautiful, and that’s what should be reflected and that’s what is reflected so you’re just going to have to get over it.'”

No matter how many reports come out of her playing Michele, things always circle back to Mary Jane. In the recent THR piece, she even dropped the name Michele when discussing her character.

“My character Michele is very awkward and dry, and kinda weird a little bit – which is funny because I feel like she is how I feel inside. She’s very smart, intelligent. She feels like she’s a little bit above everybody mentally. And so she just kinda watches everybody, observes, is kinda quiet to herself. Reading all the time. She’s pretty cool.”

There we go. Michele, she says. Of course, there are plenty of people who will say, “of course she said Michele. That’s her codename,” but given everything we have, it’s safe to conclude she is NOT Mary Jane.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.

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SOURCE: THR (1), (2)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.