And that’s not the end of the casting either. Collider adds that Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus are going to be involved as well. What this means isn’t exactly clear or obvious but fans are already hoping that it could lead to a live-action 'Spider-Verse’ movie similar to the story that was seen in 2018’s animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
While this is all very exciting it does throw up an interesting conundrum for one of the cast members.
Back in 2017, when Marvel and Sony rebooted Spider-Man for Homecoming, the first solo movie starring Tom, Kirsten Dunst was outspoken but probably not alone in her criticism for rebooting the character for another movie outing. Speaking to Marie Claire in May 2017 she accused Sony of milking the Spider-Man franchise and that her and Maguire along with director Sami Rami had made the best Spider-Man movies.
She said, “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.” In a separate interview with Variety she also said she wasn’t a fan of the reboot at all “I don’t care. Everyone likes our Spider-Man. C’mon, am I right or what? Listen, I’d rather be in the first ones than the new ones”
Needless to say, fans haven’t forgotten what she said.
kirsten dunst and tom holland on the set of spiderman 3 when kirsten chatted shit about homecoming https://t.co/bBGiXO3sda
Although the Spider-Man films that Dunst starred in, barring the third film (no one likes Spider-Man 3) are regarded as some of the best superhero movies ever made, the Tom Holland movies have also been very enjoyable and have introduced a new generation of fans to the web-slinger.
Regardless of Dunst's feelings on the new movies, we doubt there will be any hard feelings on the set of the next film.
Around the time of her aforementioned comments Tom Holland was asked what his feelings about Dunst were and her negativity towards his film. In a diplomatic way, he told Movies n Co UK:
“You know, she’s entitled to her own opinion and I’m not one to judge at all. 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? 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.”
Either way, we’re sure that Kirsten Dunst will be delighted to be reprising her role as Mary Jane Watson in whatever capacity or form it might take in the next Spider-Man film which is set for a release in December 2021.