SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING: Zendaya Not Playing Mary Jane After All? Confirmation Of Leaked Call Sheet Brings Claim Into Question
This is an interesting development in regards to Spider-Man: Homecoming. But before I delve into our findings, I have to bring you up to speed.
A few weeks back, there was a leaked call sheet posted on Reddit. For those who don’t know what a call sheet, it’s a document that studios use for organizing shooting days. In essence, it tells cast and crew when they need to be on set, and where the location is. That leaked call sheet had a lot of cool little revelations.
Check out the photo below:
Among these cool little details was that Kenneth Choi, who played Jim Morita in Captain America: The First Avenger, would be playing Principal Morita -- the principal at Peter Parker’s high school and, presumably, a descendant of Jim Morita. One other key detail was that actor/comedian Hannibal Buress would be playing the role of Coach Wilson. Not necessarily the coolest detail from the leak, but stick with me.
Like with all leaks, we’re conditioned to treat these things with a grain of salt. After all, it wouldn’t take much effort for any one of us to throw together an Excel spreadsheet, print it out, snap a photo, and leak it on Reddit ourselves, right?
Well, a recent confirmation seems to give that leak an extra dose of credibility. A couple days back, Hannibal Buress was a guest on New York hip-hop station Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, and on that show, he said the following about that role (hat tip to Comic Book Movie):
“In Spider-Man, I play a gym teacher. I play one of the dumbass characters that don't realize he's Spider-Man. [My character thinks] ‘He’s Peter Parker. Oh man, this guy’s really athletic!’”
Okay, so to recap, in the leaked call sheet, we see that Buress is playing “Coach Wilson,” and in the interview, the actor states that his character is a “gym teacher.” While he wasn’t super specific, this does actually seem to give more credibility to that leaked image. Sure, it’s not 100 percent airtight, but we're getting closer to the truth. So if we are led to believe that the leak was legit based on Buress' reveal, we may be able to infer some other specific details that were pointed out in the leak.
But before that, follow me on a quick tangent (I swear, it's relevant). A couple weeks ago, we reported on a rumor from TheWrap that Zendaya’s role would be that of Mary Jane, who is Peter Parker’s most well known love interest in the comics. Of course, like all rumors, this was not confirmed, so there’s still a margin of error in that report (which we will exploit in a bit).
Now, let’s take another look on that call sheet. If you’ll notice, they use initials for some of these actors. Tom Holland looks to be “T.H.” and by that logic, Zendaya is likely the “Z” on the call sheet. On said call sheet, Zendaya is listed as Michelle, not Mary Jane. It's worth noting that when Variety first revealed that Zendaya would be in Spider-Man: Homecoming, they stated she would not be a love interest, that she would not be a lead role, and that she would be important in future installments. Deadline followed that up with the reveal that Zendaya would, in fact, be playing a character named Michelle, and many speculated that she would be playing an interpretation of Michele Gonzales, a roommate-turned-love interest in the comics.
All right, then. Now that we got that out of the way, let's circle back.
If Hannibal Buress recently semi-confirmed the legitimacy of this call sheet by stating that his character was, indeed, a gym teacher, does this mean that Zendaya’s character is, in fact, Michelle, as we all originally thought before that report from TheWrap came out?
While it is possible that they used a codename for her character on the call sheet, it’s also equally possible that she’s actually playing a character named Michelle.
What do you think? Does Hannibal Buress’ comments on who he’s playing give that leaked call sheet extra credibility, and if so, can we infer that Zendaya is not Mary Jane in the film? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.