Kirsten Dunst reveals ‘extreme’ pay disparities in Spider-Man movies

Kirsten Dunst has claimed that her co-star, Tobey Maguire, was paid “considerably” more money than she was for the Spider-Man films. Photo / Getty Images

In a recent interview with The Independent, Kirsten Dunst claimed there were “extreme” pay gaps in Spider-Man movies.

The 39-year-old actress claimed her co-star Tobey Maguire was paid a lot more money than she was for the 2002 comic book blockbuster, despite being a rising star at the time when it was relatively unknown.

“The pay gap between me and Spider-Man was very extreme. I didn’t even think about it. But you know who was on the cover of the second Spider-Man poster? Spider-Man and ME.”

Although Dunst did not say how much she was paid for her role as Mary-Jane Watson in the superhero film, it was reported that Maguire received $ 5.4 million for her role as Peter Parker / Spiderman. in the first film.

He would then have negotiated $ 23.8 million himself for the 2004 sequel, Spider-Man 2, while unconfirmed reports indicate that Dunst was paid $ 9.5 million for the sequel.

Despite the alleged pay gap, Dunst and Maguire signed a third film in the series which was released in 2007.

Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire at the Spider-Man 3 Paris premiere.  Photo / Getty Images
Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire at the Spider-Man 3 Paris premiere. Photo / Getty Images

This isn’t the first time Dunst has increased the pay gap, in 2017 she said “Because I was young I was like, ‘Oh wow, I got paid a lot of money for the Spider movies. -Man “.

“But definitely the men were better paid.”

However, the past salary difference would not be a hindrance if asked to reprise his role as Watson. The actress told Variety “I would. Why not? That would be fun,” continuing to imply that things should be a little different, “I’ll be old GM at this point with little Spidey babies.”

Since her time on the big screen as Watson, the actress has had two children with her partner Jesse Plemons and is awaiting the release of her new movie The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion, which will be released on Netflix next month. .

And Spidey’s senses quiver as his role in the film should earn Dunst his first Oscar nomination.