Kirsten Dunst: I wanted to be a part of Spider-Man: No Way Home

In many ways, Spider-Man: No Way Home was a love letter to the previous Spider-Man films.

Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returned to join Tom Holland on screen. And the return wasn't just limited to Peter Parker; Alfred Molina. Willem Dafoe and Jamie Foxx also returned to reprise their roles as villains from previous Spidey films.

But one big name left out of the 2021 MCU blockbuster was Kirsten Dunst, who shot to fame playing MJ in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, starring alongside Maguire in all three films. And it's not because she didn't agree.

Dunst revealed that she would have been happy to play the character - if anyone had asked her.

"No, no. But I certainly would," Dunst said when asked if anyone had asked her to appear in No Way Home.

The actress hasn't seen the production, so she's not sure how she would handle the MJ/Peter Parker dynamic with her and Maguire, but she has a vague idea of how she'd like to return to that relationship.

"It would be fun to say, OK, let's take Tobey [Maguire] and me and do it in a weird 'indie' way where we're doing a different kind of superhero movie," she told the publication. "Like they did the movie Chronicle. That could be great."

The film Chronicle came out in 2012 and offered a unique take on the superhero genre just as the MCU was growing. The thriller, in which Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan play three high school students who suddenly gain superpowers, collected an impressive $126 million worldwide on a limited budget of $15 million.

Recently, Dunst has been refreshingly honest when it comes to her involvement in superhero movies, sharing, among other things, how "miserable" it was filming the iconic kiss with Maguire in 2002's Spider-Man. a certain "purity" that goes with making a superhero movie at the turn of the century.

"I think it was more innocent," she says. "Sam Raimi was kind of a cult director, so I felt like we were making an independent movie masquerading as a superhero movie," the actress explained. /BGNES