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Ever since The Wrap posted a story on August 18 claiming that Zendaya would be playing Spidey's love interest Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming third reboot of the Spider-Man series, there's been a lot of buzz both for and against the casting choice. Specifically, the controversy has centered on the idea of using a biracial actress to play the ultimate girl next door character – a character who has previously always been portrayed as white. It was already known that Zendaya, whose background is African-American, German, and Scottish, was cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but her role was supposed to be that of a character called "Michelle."

Marvel's non-traditional casting

Marvel has made a concerted effort in recent years to diversity the once very white, very male dominated world of Superheroes and this isn't the first time it has caused controversy.

From Riri Williams, the black teenager who takes over the Ironman suit in the comic book universe, to the upcoming female Captain Marvel, non-traditional castings routinely face online heat.

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The Wrap cites two anonymous sources for the story, which wasn't confirmed or denied by either Marvel Studios or Sony Pictures -- but that didn't stop the online chatter from heating up, with self-proclaimed purists deriding the choice.

The Mary Jane push back

Stan Lee, the Marvel legend who created the character of Mary Jane Watson, told Toronto's Postmedia in an interview on Monday (August 22,) "If she is as good an actress as I hear she is, I think it’ll be absolutely wonderful." James Gunn, who directed Marvel hit Guardians of the Galaxy, also went public in favor of the possible casting choice, along with the notion of introducing more and more diversity into the superhero universe in general.

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Gunn argued that the superhero world should reflect the real world and its multi-racial make-up.

Others took to social media to mock the outrage:

After two other film iterations, Spider-Man: Homecoming will finally see the iconic webslinger become part of the Marvel movie universe as part of the Avengers superhero clique. Along with Zendaya, Tom Holland stars in the title role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, with Robert Downey Jr. set to make an appearance in the movie as Ironman. The film also features Michael Keaton as Vulture and Marisa Tomei as a much younger and more glamorous version of the ever-patient and understanding May Parker or Aunt May.

Zendaya is best known for her work on the Disney Channel TV series K.C. Undercover and her single, Replay.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for release on July 7, 2017.