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.
“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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