Kirsten Dunst reflected on the extreme pay gap between her and Spider-Man co-star Tobey Maguire.
The original Sam Raimi-directed trilogy of Spider-Man movies was an impactful collection of films in the superhero genre. The films, which starred Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst among others helped boost the prominence of the comic book movie genre to mainstream audiences, and of course, made billions of dollars at the global box office.
Tobey Maguire was granted a massive payday from all three Spider-Man movies, reportedly receiving $4 million for the first film and negotiating a $17.5 million for the following film. Kirsten Dunst received a significantly lower sum of money, and in an interview with The Independent, she reflected on the pay disparity and how she found it egregious given that she is featured prominently in the second film’s poster:
“The pay disparity between me and Spider-Man was very extreme. I didn’t even think about it. I was just like, ‘Oh yeah, Tobey [Maguire] is playing Spider-Man. But you know who was on the cover of the second Spider-Man poster?” she continued. “Spider-Man and ME.”
Some fans have predicted that Kirsten Dunst would reprise her role as Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: No Way Home alongside potential returning co-stars Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe. However, she recently denied the rumor but also admitted that she would be open to return if given the chance.
Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man: No Way Home:
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is umasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Alfred Molina.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will hit theaters on December 17, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the film, as well as what’s going on in Marvel Studios’ Multiverse and Kirsten Dunst’s potential return as Mary Jane Watson, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: The Independent