Kirsten Dunst Hated A ‘Spider-Man’ Set ‘Joke’

Will Kirsten Dunst return as Mary Jane?

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Would Kirsten Dunst ever return to the world of spandex and tights? The actress recalled her experience on the set of Spider-Man and spoke on a potential return as Mary Jane.

The world of Spider-Man is bigger than it ever has been before. All three live-action Peter Parkers were back in action just a few years ago with Spider-Man: No Way Home, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse made waves across the social media landscape, and Sony is trying…. something with its own universe of Spider-Man villains.

Yet while it seems every Spider-Man supporting character is coming back for a cameo or getting their own spin-off movie, a few corners of the multiverse have been left untouched. This includes most of the supporting cast from Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man franchise. When asked if she’d potentially be interested in returning to the role of Mary Jane, Kirsten Dunst reveals she’d love the money from doing it.

 “Yes,” Dunst explained in a recent interview with Marie Claire, “because you get paid a lot of money, and I have two children, and I support my mother.”

It certainly makes sense that Kirsten Dunst would be down to return, even if it’s just for the money. Superhero actors are making record numbers for their projects and, given Spider-Man remains as one of the most popular heroes of all time, there’s no doubt a return to the franchise would net a sizeable payday for Dunst and her family.

Kirsten Dunst’s Uncomfortable Spider-Man Experience

Not everything is sunshine and rainbows when it comes to the production of these superhero projects, however. During the same interview, Kirsten Dunst spoke a bit more about her experiences on the set of Spider-Man, giving fans new details about the sometimes uncomfortable atmosphere built on set surrounding her portrayal of Mary Jane.

“I mean…It was a joke, but on Spider-Man, they would call me ‘girly-girl’ sometimes on the walkie-talkie. ‘We need girly-girl,’ but I never said anything.” Dunst explained, “Like, don’t call me that…You didn’t say anything [in the pre-#MeToo era]. You just took it.”

Luckily, it doesn’t seem Kirsten Dunst has any bad blood with any specific member of the Spider-Man cast and crew, or even Sam Raimi himself. However, the anecdote does show the stark difference in how Hollywood actresses were treated even just 20 years ago. Even though Mary Jane is a character often defined by her femininity, those perceptions of the character bled into how the crew treated Dunst.

While Hollywood is far from perfect, Kirsten Dunst does make a salient point when it comes to how actresses were treated before and after the #MeToo era. Abuse will never be gone entirely, but it’s important that new sets for Spider-Man films (and all films in general) take the time to listen to their stars when they feel uncomfortable on set. After all, filmmakers have a great degree of power over the people who work for them, and it’s important they understand the great responsibility that comes with it.

Anthony Singletary

Anthony Singletary

Anthony has always had a love for stories. An aspiring screenwriter and video editor, he takes pride in connecting fans with the latest heroic news!