Fans Mostly Cheer Zendaya’s Casting as Key ‘Spider-Man’ Character – Except for Some Racist Trolls

“Super pleased with the diversity in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,'” tweets one fan

Last Updated: August 19, 2016 @ 11:49 AM

(Spoiler Alert: Don’t read on if you don’t want to know details about Zendaya’s role in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”)

The Twittersphere is losing it over who Zendaya will be playing in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” with one fan observing that she will “slay the hell out of that role.”

On Thursday, TheWrap exclusively reported that the 19-year-old will be playing long-time Spider-Man love interest Mary Jane Watson.

“Zendaya is going to be Mary Jane in Spider-Man Homecoming. I am a HUGE Spider-Man fan and I think that is AWESOME!” tweeted one user.

“As a sickeningly, obsessive Spider-Man fan, I just want to say I’m unbelievably excited for Zendaya to play Mary Jane!” tweeted another.

Diehard Spidey fans have long speculated about whom the Disney Channel star would portray in Sony’s high-profile reboot of the superhero franchise, starring British actor Tom Holland as a teenage Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man.

At least one recent draft of the script has Zendaya’s character dropping several clues to her identity as Mary Jane, one of the most familiar love interests in the Marvel superhero’s universe. She was played by Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi‘s 2002-07 movie trilogy starring Tobey Maguire as the webslinger.

Of course, the occasional hater claimed MJ has to be a white redhead, as she has historically been in the comics.

“Sorry, but MJ is a white red head. Why can’t we just keep characters the same?” wrote one fan.

“Lord have mercy Marvel do not ruin spiderman by putting Zendaya in it as Mary Jane. Let her play someone else,” one fan said.

See the (mostly) positive Twitter reactions below.