Jona Xiao, who has an unspecified role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, sat with TalkNerdyWithUs, to discuss her part in the movie, and her excitement at being part of it all. Like we said though, the part is still unknown, and as we all know, Marvel has a strict policy when it comes to keeping things under wraps.
“I can’t reveal anything about my character. But I will say – you mentioned you were a fan – so for fans of Spider-Man and the comics, because Marvel is going to be the one helping produce this time around, it’s very much true to canon in terms of the depiction of Spider-Man, and it’s his coming-of-age story when he’s a teenager. So when he’s coming into his powers and how he’s dealing with the typical things a teenager deals with in high school, but also having these superpowers. So, I think fans will see some things they expect to see, especially if they saw ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man, which I think is excellent. And then also some twists and turns and surprises that the studios are throwing into the mix.”
This movie is not going to be one of those huge cinematic events that portray a superhero that overcomes a horrible villain – instead, like Xiao said, this will be a John Hughes-style film, much like the popular movies in the 80s and 90s, and will deal with Spider-Man in high school, and what it means to be a hero who’s still young and finding himself. She continued on to speak on how she needs to hide her identity in the film to her friends and family.
“Right when I booked it, I wanted to tell my closest friends and family, but I couldn’t. (laughs). Then when it was announced that I joined the cast, I was like okay great, well at least I can share that, that I’m part of the cast. But it’s been interesting! I was drinking with some friends the other night. I didn’t get drunk, but I was a little tipsy. And my friend tried real hard. (laughs). He was like, “Alright I’m gonna say a characters name, and I want you to shake your head or nod, okay?” (laughs). And I was like, ‘Okay, yes I might have been drinking, but no, I am not so drunk that I would participate in this game of yours.’ But good try, good try.”
“But it’s been really great. This is the first superhero movie I’ve been a part of, and I hope it’s not my last. I’ve always loved the superhero genre, ever since I was like seven years old. I wished for superpowers every birthday, and so it’s exciting to be part of a film where superheroes and powers are just a norm, which is really exciting and fun.”
It’s awesome that she’s so happy to be playing a role in Homecoming, and hopefully we’ll be seeing her in her future role and love her in that too, but I don’t have any doubts. After seeing Marvel’s portrayal of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Civil War, I’m confident that they’ll try their best to make his standalone movie good as well, including the cast around Holland. It’s interesting because Xiao loves the movie so much because of the fact that she’s been a long-time fan of comics and superheroes since she was a child. She elaborated on that later, when asked about what interested her about the genre.
“Let’s see. I really liked Superman. And then Wonder Woman was great as well. Catwoman…so many really. I also grew up watching Xena and Hercules (laughs) and all those types of action-oriented projects as well,” Xiao reflected when asked about her favorite comic book characters.
“I remember, I used to have road rage. But I don’t anymore; I just had a little bit. And when I’d be driving, especially around Los Angeles, I would imagine I had Xena’s chakram and that when someone pissed me off while I was driving, I imagined myself throwing the chakram and hitting their car, or taking the mirror off their car or something and then getting the chakram back. (laughs). I would literally imagine that, and it would calm me down.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming is swinging into your nearby theater next year, July 7th.
Source: MCU Exchange