It’s no secret that I am exhausted by reboots. However, sometimes remaking a beloved film and refashioning it for our particular cultural moment can provide opportunities for marginalized groups to have access to more nuanced stories, Ghostbusters being the perfect example. When Marvel first dropped news that they had regained the rights to Spiderman, and were rebooting the film, I was ecstatic. I thought this was our chance for Donald Glover or to see Peter Parker make way for Miles Morales. My hope was of course crushed when it was announced that Spiderman would once again be a White boy with brown hair. Tom Holland was able to melt some of the ice around my cold, cynical heart with his exuberant performance in the aggressively dull Captain America: Civil War. However, nothing could have prepared my heart for this.
LEMONADE Sipping, Hair Flipping, Eyebrow Icon, and all around Goddess Zendaya is Our New Mary Jane in #SpidermanHomecoming