Director Jon Watts has only revealed a few of the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” characters, and that leaves a lot of room for guessing. The latest fan theory about the 2017 superhero movie is that J. Jonah Jameson might be played by a woman.
Ever since Tyne Daly was announced as part of the cast earlier this summer, fans have speculated that the respected actress probably has an important role. Aside from Aunt May (who is being aged down so Marisa Tomei can play her), there weren’t too many older women in Spider-Man’s life in the comics. So it makes sense that the theory quickly became that she’d be a character who was originally a man.
Many guessed that she is portraying J. Jonah Jameson without any real evidence. Now, there might be some photos that support that theory.
Just Jared posted new photos from the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” set in Atlanta. Daly’s outfit doesn’t really give away much. She looks professional, which would be appropriate for the Daily Bugle editor… as well as just about any other office job.
However other photos show her with both Peter (Tom Holland) and Ned (Jacob Batalon). Since Peter only has one friend named Ned in the comics, it can be assumed that this is Ned Leeds. The source material showed Peter and Ned working for the Daily Bugle, Comic Vine reports. Since it seems pretty unlikely that she’s playing their shared love interest Betty Brant, their boss is really the best guess.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that Daly isn’t playing a comic book character. She might just be a teacher or neighbor. Similarly, she could be playing someone from the comics who never interacted with Spider-Man. Perhaps she’s someone enforcing the Sokovia Accords after seeing Peter join Team Iron Man. The possibilities are endless, and even if her character’s name is released, the speculation might continue.
Director Jon Watts confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Zendaya’s character is called Michelle in “Homecoming,” but rumors quickly started that she is actually playing Peter’s famous love interest Mary Jane Watson. Controversy started over the diverse casting choice, but several big names at Marvel — like Stan Lee and “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn — said that if it’s true, they support the decision.
“Perhaps we can be open to the idea that, although someone may not initially match how we personally conceive a character, we can be — and often are — happily surprised,” Gunn wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.
Hopefully, Daly won’t have as much controversy surrounding her character when her identity is finally revealed. Fans might have to wait a while before they get answers, though. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t hit theaters until July 7, 2017.