How the ‘Spider-Man 2’ Director Thinks Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire’s Relationship Helped the Movie


Spider Man stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst started a tradition for live-action Peter Parker – a real-life romance with his co-star. Although it didn’t last long, Spider Man 2 the director thinks their relationship helped the film.

The relationship between Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire

Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire at the premiere of “Spider-Man 2” | Toni Anne Barson Archive/WireImage

Dunst and Maguire met on the set of Spider Man in 2002. Their on-screen chemistry was off the charts. Few can forget the iconic romantic scene when MJ kisses Spider-Man in the rain after saving her.

This alchemy translated off-screen. However, their romance remained secret. That is, until Spider Man the director, Sam Raimi, told everyone in 2007, years after the fact. It was also relatively short. When they filmed Spiderman 2the couple’s romance had died out.

Since they haven’t talked about the adventure, its exact dates are unclear. However, most believe it lasted around a year, leading to Maguire dating his future wife, Jennifer Meyer, in 2003. They married in 2007, remaining a couple for almost a decade. They have two children, Ruby and Otis.

Dunst also left Maguire. She soon began dating Jake Gyllenhaal. Years later, she started dating another co-star, Fargo’s Jesse Plemons. They started dating in 2016 and later got engaged. Although single, they have two sons, Ennis and James.

How Their Relationship Helped the ‘Spider-Man’ Movies

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During Raimi’s 2007 tell-all interview with the Sydney Herald, he confirmed Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire’s romance. He also said he feared the relationship and their split would mean losing some of their on-screen chemistry for the second film. But that did not materialize.

“They really, I think, love each other a lot,” Raimi said (via E! News) of their ongoing friendship. “And that relationship probably only added to their ability to trust each other.”

The feelings on set extended beyond the two main stars. James Franco reportedly had a crush on Dunst, who his character, Harry Osborn, dates in the second film.

Dunst and Maguire worked together after their split, but not on the latest ‘Spider-Man’ movie

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Despite the short-lived romance between Dunst and Maguire, the two continued to work together in both Spiderman 2 and Spiderman 3 in a relationship with. Their on-screen relationship had its own ups and downs, but they eventually got back together, resulting in a happy ending.

Considering the two’s popularity as Spider-Man and MJ, fans were disappointed that Dunst was left out. Spider-Man: No Coming Homemost recent Spider Man released in December 2021. Maguire and fellow Spider-Man Andrew Garfield appeared, as did several villains from both franchises.

While Dunst continues to release acclaimed films, even scoring her first Oscar nod in 2021, she hasn’t held back her opinion on remakes. “‘We made the best, so who cares?’ she told Marie Claire in 2017. “I’m like, ‘You do whatever you want. “They’re just milking this cow for money. It’s so obvious. You know what I mean?’

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