Sam Raimi on coaxing Kirsten Dunst into playing Mary Jane

Both Marvel and Sony are hoping that Spider-Man 3 didn't sour too many fans on the franchise. Ironically, it was Sony's fault in the first place that Venom was crammed into the story, causing it to run an additional 30 minutes or so. But that's neither here nor there. A fourth film was inevitable regardless, and so far Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire have indicated that they're coming back. Kirsten Dunst however not so much. She hasn't flat out said no, but she hasn't quite said yes either. Ideally, Raimi will be able to talk her into coming aboard. In a recent interview with Sci Fi Wire, Raimi mentions that he does plan on meeting with her to talk to her about her role. "I'm hoping that she is going to come aboard, and I've got a meeting coming up with her," Raimi said in a group interview last week in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting his upcoming horror film Drag Me to Hell. "I think she would like to. But I don't want to speak on behalf of her." My thought is that she will return for the fourth film, and that's the last we see of her. I get the same sense from Maguire as well. I could see Raimi possibly doing two more films and then leaving after that, which would leave only two more films in Sony's planed seven film strategy for Spider-Man. I didn't really like Dunst at first as Mary Jane, but she's grown on me. Plus, she has really good chemistry with Maguire (they even dated during filming one of the three movies I believe) and that carries into the movie. It'd be really awesome if they brought Bryce Dallas Howard back as Gwen Stacey, ran the love triangle angle again and have Peter Parker end up with Stacey. I do kind of worry however that the writers killed that storyline with the events in the third film. Guess we'll see. Sam Raimi on coaxing Kirsten Dunst into playing Mary Jane