‘Spider-Man’ star Kirsten Dunst says pay gap between her and Tobey Maguire was “extreme”

“I didn’t even think about it”

Kirsten Dunst has described the pay disparity between her and Spider-Man co-star Tobey Maguire as “very extreme”.

The actress, who played love interest Mary Jane Watson in the original Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, revealed there was a significant divide in the salary between the roles.

Speaking to the Independent, Dunst said: “The pay disparity between me and Spider-Man was very extreme. I didn’t even think about it. I was just like, ‘Oh yeah, Tobey [Maguire] is playing Spider-Man.’

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“But you know who was on the cover of the second Spider-Man poster? Spider-Man and ME.”

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Kirsten Dunst CREDIT: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Released in 2002, Spider-Man grossed $821million at the worldwide box office, while its sequel, 2004’s Spider-Man 2, earned $789million.

Dunst last played the character in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, but she’s open to returning to the character if the opportunity presented itself.

Asked whether she would return to the Marvel franchise, Dunst recently said: “I would do it. Why not? That would be fun.

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

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It comes as rumours that some of the franchise’s original stars, including Maguire and his successor Andrew Garfield, could return in the new film Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Dunst however has denied rumours she’ll make an appearance, along with Garfield on multiple occasions.

Since her role in Spider-Man, Dunst has starred in films like Melancholia, The Beguiled, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and comedy series On Becoming A God In Central Florida.

Spider-Man: No Way Home will release in UK cinemas on December 15.

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