Though this is the third reincarnation of the “Spider-Man” franchise, audiences have never seen Zendaya’s Michelle on screen before. The Disney Channel star is playing a socially awkward intellectual in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and Zendaya confirmed that a certain member of “The Breakfast Club” served as inspiration for her performance.
“Definitely inspiration there,” Zendaya said when asked if Ally Sheedy’s “basketcase” character in the 1985 John Hughes film was a muse during a “Spider-Man” press conference on Sunday. “I didn’t really know what kind of character I was playing until I showed up ‘cause everything’s kind of top secret, you know what I’m saying? So I read the script and I was like ‘OK, she’s interesting. Alright. This is going to be fun.’ And then I met with Jon [Watts, director] and he had so many different references and [‘The Breakfast Club’] was definitely one of them.”
That probably isn’t too surprising for most fans. In 2015, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said “Spider-Man: Homecoming” would be inspired by movies that John Hughes directed. “We haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time,” Feige told Birth.Movies.Death. “Not that we can make a John Hughes movie — only John Hughes could — but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” trailers have indicated that although Michelle was at one point rumored to be a misnomer for Mary Jane, she seems to be nothing like the outgoing wannabe actress. Michelle, who seems to go makeup-free most of the…