Bolstered by a massive marketing campaign that generated major buzz for the wall-crawler's MCU solo debut, Spider-Man: Homecoming has brought in a healthy box office take and garnered critical praise. One person that has apparently not been feeling the friendly neighborhood hype, however, is Kirsten Dunst.
The actress, who played Mary Jane in Sam Raimi's original Spidey trilogy, has been very vocal about her criticisms of Peter Parker's numerous iterations in the relative short amount of time since Spider-Man 3 signaled the end of the character's first cinematic rendition. Dunst has also been quick to compare all of the most recent web-swinger adaptations to Raimi's version, stating, "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?"
Her quotes have made their way to current Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, with the 21-year old Brit responding in a similarly candid fashion. "You know, she’s entitled to her own opinion and I’m not one to judge at all," Holland declared in an interview with Movie'n'co UK. "I definitely am not doing this movie for the money. I mean, it’s a job that I think anyone would do regardless of what you were getting paid, you know?"
Holland then went on to add that he had a blast making Homecoming, and that although Dunst was certainly welcome to her opinion, it doesn't really affect Holland one way or the other. "All I know is I had the greatest time on this movie and I absolutely loved it and, you know, if she doesn’t want to go and see it, I don’t really care. I don’t dislike her in any way for what she said, and she’s entitled to her own opinion, so it’s all cool."
For what it's worth, Homecoming's box office intake might reflect a bit of the franchise fatigue that Dunst indicated, with Holland's film still far behind all three of Raimi's films in the worldwide and domestic box office tallies. The web-swinger's latest installment has indeed now passed both of Andrew Garfield's Amazing Spider-Man films, though, with Homecoming up to $278 million domestically.
In theaters now, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Michael Keaton as Vulture, in addition to Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.