Kirsten Dunst on new ‘Spider-Man’ stars: ‘They have a lot to live up to’

Dec. 01, 2010 | 2:42 p.m.


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Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in "Spider-Man" (Doug HyunColumbia Pictures)

It’s been almost a year since Sony Pictures announced it would overhaul the mega-successful “Spider-Man” franchise, opting to replace director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst instead of keeping them on for a fourth installment in the wall-crawler’s adventures. But Dunst, who played Mary Jane Watson in the last three Spidey films, says she never saw the move coming and still can’t quite figure it out.

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Andrew Garfield, new star of "Spider-Man" (Sony)

“I mean, everyone was coming back, and they were casting a villain,” the 28-year-old said while promoting her role in the upcoming crime drama “All Good Things.” “I knew it wasn’t ready to go, but I knew they were working on it. And they decided not to, so — you know what, it was only sad because we didn’t know the last one was going to be our last. So we didn’t have that extra little ‘This is the last time, guys.’ We didn’t get to have that grieving. It was a little like, ‘Oh, we’re not doing it, bummer.’”

The next “Spider-Man” will have Marc Webb (“(5oo) Days of Summer“) in as director, British actor Andrew Garfield tackling the lead and actress Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. The film, out next year, will turn the clock back to Peter Parker’s life as a teenager and presumably re-tell the fateful origin story of the bug-bitten superhero. Dunst echoed some fans’ concerns that it might be challenging to present the superhero as a young man again so soon — it was only eight years ago that that she and Maguire shared that upside-down kiss in the first “Spider-Man” film, which presented Parker as a teenager and told the lovable loser’s tale.

“They have a lot to live up to,” Dunst said. “I do really like Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. I know that Emma’s playing Gwen Stacy, but I wonder what story they’re gonna tell, because it wasn’t that long ago — we’re not, like, old people. That’s why I’d be nervous. They’re gonna tell the story, I guess, from the beginning again — but in a different way. But it wasn’t that long ago that we told that story. So the pressure’s on again a little bit in that way. Yeah, they’re in a funny position. But, hey, I’m sure they’re gonna work it out.”

— Amy Kaufman


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20 Responses to Kirsten Dunst on new ‘Spider-Man’ stars: ‘They have a lot to live up to’

  1. MovieFan says:

    Sour grapes much?

  2. Brett says:

    Do they have a lot to live up to? Certainly – Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker was excellent. Sam Raimi's first film was 90% faithful to the Spider-Man we all know and love. But can Webb and his cast not only "live up to," but better, what's gone before? Yes- provided that they stay true to the characters. Ditching the woefully incorrectly written Mary Jane from Raimi's trilogy is a huge start. Kirsten Dunst's failure in the role came not only from the fact that she wasn't the drop-dead gorgeous bombshell that Mary Jane has always been in the comics, but that her character was written as some kind of sad-sack, self-esteem challenged, self-made victim. That wasn't Mary Jane Watson.

    • Matty says:

      I agree. Dunst was boring and flat. She was more exicting when she use to work out at the Studio City Ballys back in the day.

  3. AtariBaby says:

    Live up to, pshhhh. Like ^this poster said, you were no Mary Jane Watson. That's partly your fault and partly the feeble role that was written for you, Ms. Dunst.

  4. ben says:

    maybe the role of mary-jane was not exactly correct, but tobey maguire's portrayal of the wall crawler was as good as expected. nerdy, not confident, but once the costume is on its all over with, he became your hero

  5. ed68artist says:

    Emma Stone is being miscast…..She visually fits the Mary Jane Watson character than the Gwen Stacy character,more so than Kirsten Dunst (who was cast as such, but who played MJ as Gwen Stacy ,except she didnt die) ..Whats with hollywood? Tobey fit the early version of Spider-Man, as the akward teen…he will be missed……EVERYBODY ELSE is replaceable

    • lololee24 says:

      she doesn't fit any role in this film because she can't act. And I long for the day when America wakes up and realizes that this child cannot act! I don't won't to see her anywhere near this film. But we all can't get what we want, can we? Toby was great-loved him but Andrew will be better-hopefully.

  6. CurlyqGirly56 says:

    I will not be watching the 4th installment of the Spiderman movie when it debuts next year. Nothing against the current cast, but without Tobey Maguire as Spidey, what's the point!!! Tobey made Peter Parker/ Spiderman so believable & beloved in his performances that it would be hard to retell the story from another director's view point other then Raimi's. Tobey, Sam; Kirsten & James Franco will all be sorely missed because you cannot replace perfection, Enuff said !

  7. Kool Moe Joe says:

    Sam Raimi is a horrible director. Tobey "Monotone" Maguire has zero personality on and off the screen. And Kirsten needs to shut up, her role as an ugly Mary Jane, who was selfish and jealous of Spider-Man was sickening. There's nothing to live up to but the box office success. Everything else in the film was mediocre from the script, acting, direction to the poorly rendered CGI. I'm glad they're all gone from the Spider-Man franchise forever…they will NOT be missed!

    • Reni says:

      right on the money

    • mephisto1138 says:

      TOTALLY. Wahhhhh I have super powers. Hey, i thought Spiderman was supposed to be funny? Not anymore, he and all his cast mates are just going to whine because apparently whining and being all emo is the only way to make a super hero film "believable". I can't stand any of the existing Spider movies. I can't stand McQuire, he always looks high or a little slow, and someday I really hope his balls drop so he stops speaking through that crackly voice of his. Dunst doesn't even need to be pointed out as terrible. Then there's the Power Rangers looking villains… Yeah, this new one has no where to go but up. And the new Peter actually LOOKS like Peter instead of someone better suited to play a Hobbit.

  8. Anthony says:

    yall quit hatin

  9. Mr. E says:

    Whoever's replacing Dunst has a lot less to live up to than she might think. Kirsten was all wrong for Mary Jane Watson…bothered me from the 1st time she showed up on screen as that character.

  10. Adrian says:

    I am sorry, who? Why is she still talking

  11. Joanne says:

    I am stoked on this because every performance I've seen of Andrew Garfield's has been amazing and layered in a way that is so rare to see these days. I'd been having a private Andrew film festival, and then I re-watched the first Tobey Spider-Man (my favorite of the 3) and it just felt so lifeless after watching these incredible performances of Andrew's. He has this ability to tap into a fragility that makes you ache. Can't wait for him to break my heart as Spidey. I only wish they could clone him so he could be in every film ever. He really elevates the quality of the acting of everything I've seen him in.

  12. lace wig says:

    maybe the role of mary-jane was not exactly correct, but tobey maguire's portrayal of the wall crawler was as good as expected. nerdy, not confident, but once the costume is on its all over with, he became your hero
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  13. d wyllie says:

    Kirsty is lovely.You people must be mad.Ok,she wasn't totally true to the comic version,but not many of the cast were.Good on her!

  14. Lily says:

    Even I was skeptical when this was first released and thought that it was just too much in such a short time. But the new Amazing Spider-Man is fantastic. Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire are BOTH Spider-Man in their own respective ways. A lot of people are comparing the two, but these two actors are just being the best Peter Parker/Spider-Man that THEY know how to be.

    The new one is great. And in my own personal opinion, Andrew and Emma's chemistry outshines (it's incredible) that of Kirsten and Tobey's.

  15. ira says:

    Well just watched the new spiderman movie and let’s say it’s ok. I liks the new fresh cast but I personslly like better the original cast because Tobey played an excellent spider man and just overall this new one seemed a little dull

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