Zendaya Says Her Spider-Man: Homecoming Character Is ‘Super Dry And Awkward’—Just Like Her

Peter Parker 3.0 (Tom Holland) took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday to debut a first look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios and Sony’s upcoming Spidey movie. Joining Holland on stage were teenage Peter’s high school friends and enemies, played by Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, and Tony Revolori. The film will follow Peter as he begins to balance his newfound, web-slinging superhero identity with being a 15-year-old kid.

According to Zendaya, that’s exactly what makes Spider-Man her favourite superhero. “Spider-Man has always been my favourite… because he’s always been the realest and the coolest,” Zendaya said after the Marvel presentation. “He’s a real kid. He’s normal, and he’s living his life and trying to discover and understand what it’s like to be a human being growing up—while simultaneously saving the world.”

Of course Zendaya’s connection to Spidey goes even deeper than that. “My first date I ever went on was to Spider-Man,” she said, presumably referring to the Andrew Garfield starrer, The Amazing Spider-Man. “It’s special. I went when I just turned 16, finally was allowed to date. It was my first date, and it was to see Spider-Man. So full circle!”

The Homecoming footage shown at Comic-Con has yet to be released, but those who were in attendance have described it as John Hughes meets Freaks and Geeks. Zendaya’s character in particular seems to be channelling Linda Cardellini’s Lindsay Weir as Peter’s friend who may or may not be crushing on him.

“Everyone, honestly, is so much like their characters,” Zendaya said. “My character is super dry and awkward. It’s great because it’s who I am in real life, so I don’t feel like I have to act too much.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theatres on July 7, 2017.