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Zendaya And Tom Holland Clap Back At 'Ridiculous' Gender Stereotypes

Spider-Man: No Way Home is about to premiere and judging by ticket sales, people are stoked.

Sure, we've had some MCU films since Endgame have tons of buzz, but this feels like the first real event one in a while.

Especially considering all the confirmed guest stars, the rumored guest stars, and the incredible theorizing happening online.

(If Mile Morales doesn't have at least a cameo in No Way Home, I will eat my Blu-ray copy of Into the Spider-Verse)

Considering the times we live in, the fact that some online ticket systems crashed due to traffic when pre-sales opened up, that's really saying something.

There's just so much riding on this third Spidey film when it comes to the MCU and Tom Holland's Peter Parker.

Unlike his Avengers comrades, this Spider-Man is only on loan to the MCU and the contract between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures will run out soon.

And we have no idea what that means for Spidey's future.

But is that what some media outlets and fans choose to focus on? Nope.

During the press tour for No Way Home and, previously, Far From Home, stars Tom Holland and Zendaya kept having to field questions about a very silly stereotype instead.

Did it bother Tom that his on-screen love interest was taller than him?

Yep. For some reason, the world just cannot handle the idea of a man kissing a woman taller than he is.

"How did you manage it?!?!?"

Uh, she bent her neck a little bit downward and he raised his up.

Insert your buzzwords here about patriarchy, toxic masculinity, sexism, etc.

They all sort of fit in some ways and don't in others. The cultural obsession with men being taller than their partners is a big ol' ratking of nuance and stereotype.

But the two stars have one simple word to describe it: "Ridiculous."

In a recent sit down interview with Sirius XM, both Tom and Zendaya addressed the "controversy."

Zendaya said that it's totally normal in hetero relationships for the woman to be taller — her own mom is taller than her dad — and yet people still make it A Thing.

Tom called the idea that he'd have a problem with the height difference a "stupid assumption."

"To be fair, I am quite short," he added.

Tom even explained that not a single screen test with a potential costar was with an actress who was shorter than him.

Whether the director did that on purpose or not, he's glad to be breaking the stereotype.

So can we just drop the very issue and focus on the important questions in the lead-up to the movie's premiere?

Like, am I going to win the predictions pool when Miles Morales thwips into the frame during a tense battle?

I've got my ticket. Do you?