You would be hard pressed to find a general moviegoer, critic or comic book enthusiast who does not believe Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best motion picture of its type. The 2017 Jon Watts installment brought a fresh, young and energetic Tom Holland to the role of Peter Parker, having replaced Andrew Garfield before him and Tobey Maguire before that.
As the film finally managed to integrate the Sony property into the MCU, this was largely viewed as a win for the studio after years of false dawns. But when Kirsten Dunst was quizzed by Marie Claire earlier in the year about the merits of the film, her blunt remarks illustrated the ill feeling still felt behind the scenes by those that showcased the character during the 2000s.
You Don't Care, I Don't Care - Let's Just Call The Whole Thing Off
Playing Parker's love interest Mary Jane Watson across the original Maguire trilogy, 35-year old Dunst was not mincing her words back in June about the rationale behind the reboot.
“We made the best ones, so who cares?" she asserted. "I’m like, ‘You make it all you want.’ They’re just milking that cow for money. It’s so obvious. You know what I mean?”
Asked about these comments on Movie'n'Co UK's YouTube channel, Holland pushed back on the idea that Spider-Man: Homecoming was all about the dollars and cents. As far as he is concerned, it is a role of a lifetime.
"I read it and I saw it," he admitted. "You know, she's entitled to her own opinion and I'm not one to judge at all. I definitely am not doing this movie for the money. I mean, it's a job that I think anyone would do regardless of what you were getting paid, you know? All I know is I've had the greatest time on this movie and I've absolutely loved it and, you know, if she doesn't want to go and see it, I don't really care. But yeah, I don't dislike her in any way for what she said and she's entitled to her own opinion, so it's all cool."
Homecoming Surpasses $600m Landmark
While we know of one individual who did not attend the feature at the theaters, the studio this week are enjoying a global haul of $600m from box office takings. According to CBR.com, the blockbuster brought an additional $13.4m from the North America market this weekend to bring the total domestic revenue up to $278.3m.
The overseas box office stakes were boosted by $355.4m, but the good news does not end there for the Marvel and Sony executives. Two major markets in the East are yet to premiere Spider-Man: Homecoming, as Japan (August 11) and China (September 8) will boost sales further into the black.