Spider-Man Snuck Its Way Into Zendaya’s ‘Challengers’ Movie


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As they’re getting ready for the final match in Challengers, Zendaya’s Tashi Donaldson questions asks her husband, Art Donaldson (Mike Faist), if he wants to just be rich or if he actually wants to be a tennis champion. Mid-argument, their young daughter Lily cuts the tension by asking if she could watch … Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse instead of more tennis. At the Los Angeles premiere, Zendaya gave a little insight on how the reference made it into the final cut; after all, she is one of the film’s producers. “What’s funny is that I think it might have been something else, but that’s what we could get cleared,” she said with a wink. “It’s a fun little callout.” The “callout” is, of course, referring to her role as MJ in MCU’s Spider-Man alongside her real-life boyfriend, Tom Holland. While she doesn’t appear in the animated Spider-Verse films yet, she and Mr. Spidey both have expressed interest in joining the next movie. For now, it’s just a fun little Easter egg that is sure to get a couple chuckles, even if a proper Spider-Man: Homecoming mention didn’t make it into the final cut.



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