Kirsten Dunst says the pay gap between her and Spider-Man Costar Tobey Maguire was ‘extreme’

Kirsten Dunst participates in Netflix

Kirsten Dunst participates in Netflix

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Kirsten Dunst says she and she Spider Man costar Tobey Maguire was not paid equally for the 2002 superhero movie.

Dunst, 39, played Mary Jane Watson alongside Maguire, 46, who played Peter Parker and the titular superhero. Spider Man marked her first role in a major superhero franchise, but it revealed the actress The independent that she and Maguire had a sharp gap in compensation for their work on the film.

Both Columbia Pictures and Marvel Enterprises did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

“The pay gap between me and Spider-Man was very extreme,” she said. “I did not even think about it. I just thought, ‘Oh yes, Tobey [Maguire] plays Spider-Man. ‘ “

Kirsten Dunst, Tobey Maguire Spiderman 3

Kirsten Dunst, Tobey Maguire Spiderman 3

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The first Spider Man the film grossed $ 821 million and its successor, 2004’s Spider-Man 2, brought in $ 789 million according to The independent. While the films were a hit at the box office, Dunst said she did not receive the same salary as Maguire, despite being just as promoted for the film.

“But you know who was on the front of the other Spider Man poster? Spider-Man and ME, “she said The independent.

After the first two Spider Man film, Dunst continued to star in the third episode of the franchise, which marked her last appearance as MJ in 2007. Although it’s over a decade ago she played the character, Dunst said she’s open to repeating her role.

“I would do it. Why not? It would be fun,” she told me Variety. “I would never say no to anything like that … I would be old MJ at this point with little Spidey babies.”

Kirsten Dunst, Tobey Maguire Spiderman 2

Kirsten Dunst, Tobey Maguire Spiderman 2

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Since she signed up Spider Man, Dunst has been busy with lots of exciting projects, including Melancholy, They seduced and About becoming a god in central Florida.

After Reuters sent out a tweet in 2019 describing her as “best known for her role as Spiderman’s girlfriend”, Dunst hit back while performing on The talk.

“I don’t really look at Twitter and stuff like that, I’m not really a girl on social media,” she said at the time. “But I was looking for the show and everything. I read it too, and I was just thinking, ‘Yeah, that’s pretty s-y’. You know what I mean?”

She added: “I was proud that my fans and everyone gathered and supported me. It was a very ignorant tweet and it was probably done very carelessly by a man.”

Next, Dunst is set to play with The power of the dog, a Jane Campion movie that premieres on Netflix on November 17th.

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