It may be hard to remember now, as comic fans eagerly await the imminent release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the third big screen iteration of the character in a decade, but there was a time when superhero movies were less common and, if anything, even more hotly anticipated.
Kirsten Dunst, who played Peter Parker’s iconic love interest Mary Jane Watson in Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy, certainly remembers those days fondly, as she recently revealed in an interview with Variety to promote her upcoming role in Sophia Coppola’s remake of the 1971 Civil War drama The Beguiled.
“I wanted to be in [Rami’s Spider-Man] so badly,” Dunst recalled. “I loved it, and I wish we could have made a fourth.”
She’s also proud that “everyone likes our Spider-Man,” candidly adding, “C’mon, am I right or what? Listen, I’d rather be in the first ones than the new ones.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Dunst also disclosed some details about the disparity between what she and her male co-stars were paid on Spider-Man. “Because I was young, I thought, ‘Oh wow, I’m getting paid a lot of money for the Spider-Man movies.’” she said. “But definitely the men were getting paid more.”
Debuting in theaters on July 7, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a production of Columbia Pictures directed by Jon Watts that stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Michael Keaton as the Vulture, Zendaya as Michelle, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Bokeem Woodbine as the Shocker, Marisa Tomei as May Parker and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.