Kirsten Dunst has launched a scathing attack on the upcoming reboot of Spider-Man, which will be the third time that audiences have been introduced to a new incarnation of the character in just fifteen years. Dunst previously portrayed Mary Jane Watson in the first three installments of the Spider-Man franchise, and she clearly has no intention of watching Homecoming, which will see Tom Holland debut as the character.
Kirsten Dunst recently made that clear, as she declared that the three Sam Raimi films that she starred in between 2002 and 2007 were clearly the best films to ever depict the beloved superhero, before then criticizing those involved in overseeing the blockbusters for simply “milking” the franchise for as much money as possible.
We made the best ones, so who cares? I’m like, ‘You make it all you want.’ They’re just milking that cow for money. It’s so obvious. You know what I mean?
This isn’t the first time that Kirsten Dunst has taken aim at Spider-Man: Homecoming over the last few weeks. As well as making the above comments to Marie Claire, Kirsten Dunst also attacked the other Spider-Man films, which have included 2002’s Spider-Man, 2004’s Spider-Man 2 and 2007’s Spider-Man 3, as well as 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, to Variety, too. After admitting that she didn’t see any of The Amazing Spider-Man films, which were led by Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst then once again declared that she didn’t “care” about the impending Marvel and Sony crossover.
“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.”
Kirsten Dunst also insisted during the same interview that she lobbied tremendously hard to get the role of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man, and that she “loved” being in all three installments of the franchise that Sam Raimi oversaw. So much so that she wishes that a fourth Spider-Man had actually been made, which was long touted after the release of the third effort.
“I wanted to be in that movie so badly. I loved it, and I wish we could have made a fourth.”
Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and various other cast members had all signed up to reprise the roles, and it was even suggested that a fourth and fifth Spider-Man film would be shot back-to-back. However, by 2010 the decision was made to cancel the film, and instead, Sony rebooted the character and the franchise, bringing in Marc Webb as the director for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Both The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel didn’t quite live up to the performances of the original trilogy of films, though, and off the back of the Sony hacking scandal, the decision was released to once again reboot the character of Peter Parker. This time, out went Andrew Garfield and in came Tom Holland as the superhero, while a deal was also struck with Marvel that allowed the character to integrate into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We saw the fruits of this labor when Tom Holland made his debut as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, which saw him star opposite the likes of Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Tom Holland’s performance, and the youthful vigor and energy of Spider-Man, was roundly praised by audiences, all of which has added to the excitement for the brand new origin story of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will finally hit cinemas later this summer on July 7.
Sadly for Kirsten Dunst, this is set to just be the beginning, too, as at least one, probably two or three, more Spidey sequels starring Tom Holland are planned for the near future.
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