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Kirsten Dunst is game to return to Spider-Man as an 'old-girl Mary Jane' if Marvel came calling

There are rumors the actress might appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

By Nivea Serrao
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While previous actors who've played Peter Parker, like Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, have been dodging questions as to whether they'll be reprising their takes on the iconic role in the upcoming MCU film Spider-Man: No Way Home, it appears there is one former star who'd be up for returning as their character: none other than the first on-screen Mary Jane Watson herself, Kirsten Dunst.

"I wish they'd put me in another one. Like old-girl Mary Jane — why not?" the Bring It On actress told Entertainment Weekly. "I would do [another superhero movie]. Everybody else is!" 

Dunst first brought MJ to life in the highly successful 2002 Sam Raimi-directed blockbuster — titled Spider-Man — before going to reprise the role in 2004's Spider-Man 2 and 2007's Spider-Man 3. The character is currently being played by Zendaya (Dune), opposite Tom Holland's (Uncharted) Peter Parker. 

However, seeing as No Way Home is not only punching a hole in the fabric of the multiverse (plus the wider MCU), and thus re-introducing a slew of Spidey-villains from older Spider-Man films there's absolutely no reason other versions of MJ couldn't also make an appearance as well. Especially if there's a universe out there where she became a webslinger as well, potentially saving Peter when villains came after him. 

It might also be particularly interesting for Peter to meet a version of MJ who continues to not only know his big secret but remains in a relationship with him, because as the trailer for No Way Home reveals, part of the reason he turns to Doctor Strange is to ensure that she will still know about his alterego, even as the sorcerer casts a spell to make the rest of the world forget that he is indeed Spider-Man. 

However, up until now, the only familiar faces confirmed to be returning for the biggest Spider-film yet, are Alfred Molina (Doc Ock), William Dafoe (Green Goblin), and Jamie Foxx (Electro), though rumors still continue to swirl around Maguire, Garfield, Dunst, and even Topher Grace, who could possibly reprise his role as Eddie Brock/Venom, though Tom Hardy could possibly be making his own appearance in the upcoming film. But with MCU mastermind Kevin Feige, Holland and the rest of the Spider-Man team keeping their cards close to the chest, it looks like we'll have to wait a few more weeks for answers. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into cinemas on Dec. 17.