This Is Several Days Late....

....But I can't not post about it.

In an interview Kirsten Dunst made some rather upsetting and poorly thought remarks regarding where she'd like to see the Spider-man movie set go.

"The next one will be it. I'm only contracted to 3 and don't see myself signing for a 4th or a 5th," says Dunst, emphatically. Asked if she would love to see her Mary Jane character killed off in Spider-Man 3, Dunst laughs. "It would actually be really interesting if SPIDER-MAN died. Why doesn't the superhero ever die? I think if Mary Jane was alone, pregnant and he died, she could give birth to a spider baby and carry on the series with another young boy or something like that. I doubt Tobey Maguire would come back for a 4th or a 5th either."

Long time Spidey fans have not taken it well. There's this bit from Ain't It Cool News.
Penny-Arcade is less than happy. If you combine these two positions, you pretty much have where I stand on the whole thing. Kirsten Dunst is a stupid whore and aside from that she's never been particularly convincing as M.J. and would have been better suited for Gwen. (The added bonus is that Gwen dies and so if the third movie left off in such a manner as to be conducive to a good sequal K.D.'s pull out wouldn't affect anything because her character dies, making way for an appropriate and convincing M.J.)
The one good point K.D. does bring up is that you can only do something so often before it loses its appeal. I don't want to see Spidey go on until Hollywood just can't milk any more money out of it. Spidey is (just as it was in the comics) character driven, and they've chosed to focus most of Peter Parker's character developement around his relationship with M.J. The problem is that you can either resolve that or employ the soap opera tactic. No one wants to see the latter, so once you accomplish the former (given the lazyness of Hollywood writers), Spidey will most likely degernate into another pointless action movie. Spidey will be just another victim of 'Rocky Syndrome'.(The first Rocky was a character film and after that they slowly sapped the character elements out of the Rocky series until the last one, in which they went back to a full character film.) And I don't want to see that happen.
So yes, Kirsten Dunst is a stupid whore who makes a pretty shoddy M.J., but I'm not particularly pressed to see a fourth Spidey movie. I'll wait for the third one to come out and then we can burn that bridge when/if it arises.