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What Kirsten Dunst Thinks About The New Spider-Man Movies

Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man 2

This year marks a decade since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy concluded, but moviegoers haven't suffered from any lack of the Web-Slinger since then. In the years after Spider-Man 3's release, the Amazing Spider-Man series came and went without fulfilling its broader aspirations, and now Tom Holland's version of Peter Parker will star in Spider-Man: Homecoming this summer following his MCU debut last year in Captain America: Civil War. Spidey's movies are still huge box office draws, but Kirsten Dunst, a.k.a. Mary Jane Watson from the Raimi days, doesn't think much about these new versions. As Dunst put it:

I don't care. Everyone likes our 'Spider-Man.' C'mon, am I right or what? Listen, I'd rather be in the first ones than the new ones.

When the topic of Spider-Man's reboots came up in her Variety interview alongside Sofia Coppola (both plugging their upcoming movie The Beguiled), Kirsten Dunst made it clear she's not interested in these different takes. The actress admitted she didn't even see the "last installment," though it's unclear whether she meant 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or Spidey's appearance in Captain America: Civil War. In any case, Dunst is satisfied with being part of the first cinematic adaptation of Spider-Man, so all the ones that came after don't hold any importance in her mind.

Like in the comics, Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson was Peter Parker's love interest across all three movies, and when we last saw her version of the character, she had reconciled with Peter following the death of their friend/brief enemy, Harry Osborn. Dunst also mentioned that she wishes that Spider-Man 4 had been made, which would have seen the Wall-Crawler battling The Vulture, but fell through after Sam Raimi departed the project due to creative differences with Sony. Still, three movies isn't a bad run; two of which were well-received and one...not as much.

To this day, Kirsten Dunst remains the remains the only actress to play Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man movies. Shailene Woodley was supposed to appear as the iconic redhead in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but her scenes were cut from the final version. There were rumors that Zendaya's Spider-Man: Homecoming character, Michelle, might actually be Mary Jane, but the actress denies this. Since her time in the Spider-Man world finished, Dunst's career has mainly been drama-centric, and she earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations last year for playing Peggy Blumquist in the Fargo TV series.

Spider-Man: Homecoming spins its web in theaters on July 7, and an animated Spider-Man movie starring Miles Morales will come out on December 14, 2018. As for Kirsten Dunst, you can see her in The Beguiled when it's released on June 23.

Adam Holmes
Adam Holmes

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.