The first solo Spider-Man film after the character’s Marvel Cinematic Universe introduction in Captain America: Civil War will be starting production within a few months to be ready for its July 7, 2017 release. That means we can expect a number of casting rumors and announcements to trickle out, beginning with reports today that Zendaya has been added to the still untitled film.

Zendaya is best known for her work on Disney Channel series Shake it Up and K.C. Undercover. She joins a cast that already includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. There are no details on her role just yet, but sources tell Variety that Zendaya is not playing a love interest to Peter Parker or a lead role. She is playing a role that is expected to get bigger as the series carries on.

Zendaya, like Holland, is still very young at age 19 and looks even younger. It’s obvious that she is likely a Midtown High classmate of Parker’s to start. The report that her role will get bigger in future movies suggests Zendaya’s character could evolve into another superhero or villain.

If Marvel Studios is looking to give Spider-Man a super-powered ally, Zendaya could be playing the role of Ava Ayala, also known as White Tiger. The character already appears regularly on Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. This does not guarantee a leap to movies, but it’s as good of a guess as I’ve got right now.


Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are partnering on this Spider-Man film, which will be directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and former Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal are producing.