Will Anne Hathaway join the Spiderman franchise? (spoilers)

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I wanted to title this story “Will Anne Hathaway replace Kirstin Dunst in Spiderman?” but that’s too spoiler-filled and would kind of give away this potential plot change, as revealed by Star Magazine. Again, this is in Star so it’s possibly made up, but they make it sound legitimate so we’re not above repeating it. According to an “insider” quoted by Star, Kirstin Dunst’s redheaded neighbor character and Peter Parker’s love interest, Mary Jane, will appear in Spiderman 4 and then be written out. She’ll meet some kind of final fate and Anne Hathaway will step in to play the female lead for the rest of the film and then in Spiderman 5 and 6.

“Kirsten is going to be in Spiderman 4, but the plan is for her character, Mary Jane, to be written out, probably by dying,” says an insider. “Anne will take over as Peter Parker’s new love interest for this project and for Spiderman 5 and 6, which are being written now.” Anne and Tobey Maguire… are pals, according to the insider.

[From Star Magazine, print edition, January 4, 2009]

I understand that they’re going to play this franchise out as long as possible and it’s well done as far as comic book movies go, but please spare us a fifth and sixth sequel! I’m not in the young movie-going market, though, and there are always a crop of new teenagers who will go see these action films.

Over the holidays I was watching poorly dubbed 90s kids movies on German TV with my five year old son. Our favorite was the super-cheesy heart-tugging Beethoven. We had to turn off a too scary film called Small Soldiers featuring army toys that come to life. The 1998 film starred Kirsten Dunst and she was so young and cute that I almost didn’t recognize her at first. (Here’s a link to the part I saw with Kirsten. She comes in at 7:30 in that linked video.)

I get the feeling that Kirsten has kind of outgrown her status as a love interest. It’s not her age, she’s only 27, it’s just that she might not be as believable in that role as another actress. There’s something very surly about her and that tends to translate on screen. A lot of people just don’t like her. I don’t think that she can’t act, just that she’s not as good as other actresses. Cinematical has a pretty good editorial in defense of Dunst. They note that Dunst is often derided and “always shoots to the top of the ‘Yuck, I So Hate Her’ list.” Maybe that kind of strong reaction by fans helped prompt her re-casting. We’ll have to wait and see though if this report in Star has any merit.

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  1. Lem says:

    A. I much prefer that lip color on Anne over the bright reds she normally favors

    B. Kirsten was not any good at the promotion of 2 or 3; coming across quite over the whole thing and saying how she would not do another spider movie

    C. Spidey ♥ Mary Jane. Mary Jane ♥ Spidey. There is no other love interest

  2. wif says:

    I don’t really know the stories, but after the first one my husband (who reads comics) told me that eventually Mary Jane does die. So perhaps it’s not that they’re displeased with Dunst, but are following the story’s original narrative.

  3. Celebitchy says:

    @Wif – I should have looked that up, thank you! It could just be that her character is supposed to die and I wish I would have realized that.

  4. Lem says:

    actually scratch what I said above. there was a mary jane knock off. like an ‘evil trickery’ mary jane. i forget …

  5. Me says:

    I love Anne Hathaway!

  6. Obvious says:

    Kirsten just rubs people the wrong way. I liked her in the first, in the second i was meh on her and in the 3rd i couldn’t stand her. I like her just fine in supporting roles or indies, but not fond of her in leading roles anymore.

  7. GatsbyGal says:

    I can’t stand Kirsten Dunst. She always has this “I’m better than you” look on her face and her teeth bug the shit out of me. The sooner she leaves the franchise, the better.

  8. badrockandroll says:

    If someone with Hathaway’s money, access to couture and stylists, still manages to go out looking like she left one of her b**bs at home, what hope is there for poor dumpy me?

  9. diva says:

    Anne needs to lay off the cigarettes asap. She isn’t even 30 and has crows feet and lines around her mouth already. Her weight fluctuates a lot so maybe that affects her skin. Her look in this picture is awful, the dress is unattractive style and ill-fitting. It still amazes me how she got off the hook after living with a boyfriend who conned people she knew and he went to prison.

  10. SolitaryAngel says:

    Sigh….add me to the list of people who can’t stand Kiki. She always looks dirty like she smells, I hate her fricking little kid teeth and don’t think she can act worth crap. If they really do kill her I will happily watch the next installment of Spidey–he can do SO much better than MJ!!! That’s the big thing that bugs me so much about this love thing in the movies—clearly she only uses him and is the kind of person who cannot live without a man on her arm.

  11. Birdie says:

    I like Kirsten Dunst a lot more than Anne Hathaway…

  12. Ron says:

    If this is true Tobey will need Platform Spidey Boots! Anne towers over him in flats.

  13. naive_charm says:

    To Lem… Black Cat has always been Peter Parker’s love interest on the side, so that’s what they’re probably looking to replace MJ with.

  14. vlad469 says:

    I may be showing my geek here, but Mary Jane isn’t the one who dies, it’s Peter original love interest Gwen Stacy. She’s thrown off of a bridge by the Green Goblin and it’s part of what drove the story for YEARS.

    That being said, I could easily see them following something similar, even though both Harry and his father are dead, and replacing the Gwen Stacy fate for Mary Jane to take a dive instead. It’s not like they have really even remotely stuck to any storyline so far anyway.

  15. Lita says:

    In movies they just can’t play out the story line like they do in comic books and animé. I mean how many years did it take in the comics for MJ to find out Peter is Spidey and how many decades (I think) to get hitched? Nobody would have stood for that in a block buster movie. Me with my walking frame going to Spidey 5000 to see MJ don her white gown and say “I do” – heh. I could take the grand kids (my son is still a littlie).

  16. SammyHammy says:

    My cat would do better in that role than Dunst. I just do not like her. She cannot act and she is very unappealing.

  17. SNS says:

    Mary Jane isn’t dead in the comics. Her and peter arent together anyymore last i knew, due to strange situations with making a deal with a demon.

    But shes not dead.

    I really cant see how she can suddenly be replaced, considering they were all happy and together at the end of the last one.

    It’l make no sense and just over complicate the situation. Keep SM4 simple and itl be fine.

  18. Lem says:

    Black Cat? is she the one who looked half MJ / half cat woman? like a sexed up Mary Jane? I had boy who used to have the poster hanging?

  19. Franchisee says:

    I think Kirsten Dunst is still best option.

  20. Pomegranate says:

    I love Kirsten Dunst and I thought she was perfect for Mary-Jane. I can’t believe they would go so far as to kill Mary-Jane just to get a more widely popular actress. I like Anne Hathaway, too, but killing MJ?!?!