Would Kirsten Dunst consider returning to the 'Spider-Man' franchise?

Kirsten Dunst attends the 11th Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards at Avalon Hollywood & Bardot on November 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California
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Fans of the Spider-verse have recently enjoyed debating ways that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield might somehow be part of the upcoming Spider-Man epic, “No Way Home.”

Now Kirsten Dunst has chimed in with another “who knows” for Spidey fanatics.

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Dunst -- who starred as Peter Parker’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson -- hasn’t been seen in a Spider-Man film in 14 years. That, and her recent comments about how she feels a bit ignored by Hollywood, combine for an assumption that the Spider-Man franchise is way back in her rearview mirror.

Not to mention she is starring in the highly anticipated new Jane Campion film, "The Power of the Dog."

It was at that film’s premiere on Thursday night that Variety asked if she would ever consider re-swinging back into the webslinger’s world.

“I would do it. Why not? That would be fun,” she told Variety at “The Power of the Dog” screening at AFI Fest at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Dunst played the conflicted Mary Jane in the first three of the big budget Spider-Man movies: “Spider-Man” (2002), “Spider-Man 2” (2004), and “Spider-Man 3” (2007). But after various franchise studio changes and rights issues, re-boots and Avengers-related projects happened, and Dunst moved on.

Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton have recently confirmed they’ll show up as Bruce Wayne and/or Batman in the upcoming movie, “The Flash” -- which sparked the internet rumors about Maguire or Garfield popping up as Spider-Man again. For her part, Dunst has firmly stated she had nothing to do with “No Way Home.”

The actress has been busy enough focusing on finishing and promoting “The Power of the Dog,” a 1920s-based western, and the first film from famed director Campion in over a decade.

In the sprawling period piece, Dunst plays a drunken widow who remarries to a pea rancher, George, played by Dunst’s real life partner, Jesse Plemons. It was a terribly demanding role, one that has no doubt left little time for Dunst to dither about another Spider-Man movie.

“I was scared,” Dunst recalled. “I just wanted to do such a good job by Jane. Her movies have been a huge inspiration for me as an actress. I just didn’t want to let her down.”

But now that she can think about some other projects, what if they did come calling for her to be Mary Jane once again?

“I would never say no to something like that…” says Dunst. “I’d be old MJ at this point, with little Spidey babies.”

“The Power of the Dog” will get a limited theatrical release on November 17, before streaming December 1. Dunst or no Dunst, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" swings into theaters on December 17.

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