Before Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield swung onto the scene, yet another web-crawling actor suited up at Spider-Man. In 2002, Tobey Maguire made his debut as the iconic Marvel superhero in Sam Raimi’s blockbusters. The actor donned the hero’s suit for three films, rounding out Peter Parker’s journey as a vigilante and even a lover to the likes of Mary Jane Watson. Kirsten Dunst was the actress tasked with bringing the fiery redhead to life all those years ago. And, in a recent chat with Variety, Dunst admits she wished a fourthSpider-Man movie was made.
Speaking about her superhero past, Dunst described how badly she wanted to be cast in Raimi’s Spider-Man movie before making her confession. “I wanted to be in that movie so badly,” Dunst said, referring to the director’s first go at Spider-Man. “I loved it, and I wish we could have made a fourth.”
Of course, Spider-Man diehards will know that Sony Pictures originally intended for a fourth movie to be made. Spider-Man 4 began development in 2008 after the lackluster success of Spider-Man 3. Raimi was attached to direct with Maguire and Dunst slated to reprise their roles. A screenplay was even written by James Vanderbilt, and reports have since suggested the film was given a tentative title of ‘Spider-Man 4: Birds of Prey.”
Sadly, project was never able to get back development due to creative differences and time constraints. Behind-the-scenes issues kept the film from hitting its planned May 2011 release date. Raimi was reportedly unhappy with the script despite several rewrites, prompting Sony to finally nix the project before rebooting Spider-Man a couple years later.
Now, Sony is on its third reboot of the franchise. Following The Amazing Spider-Man, Tom Holland was brought in to play the hero. Having debuted in Captain America: Civil War, the actor is the first to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Holland will do so again this summer in the standalone Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts, from a screenplay by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters July 7, 2017.