Tom Holland Addresses Kirsten Dunst’s Criticism of Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel succeeded in doing something Sony had been attempting to do since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3: Please both critics and fans with a reboot. Scoring 92% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, and $635 million at the worldwide box office in less than one month, it can be argued that Spider-Man: Homecoming was exactly what everyone wanted.

However, Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi’s trilogy) recently said that the studios are just trying to cash in on the superhero’s immense popularity. She added that the movie failed to surpass the previous films:

Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man Films Wikia)

We made the best ones, so who cares? 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 (via Screen Rant)?

It should be noted that she didn't speak ill of the movie itself, but rather turned her wrath on the studios.

Homecoming star Tom Holland addressed Dunst's statement by saying that she was entitled to her own opinion. He added that he didn’t take the role for the money (although we can bet that the paycheck was a great incentive), but for the role itself:

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 that I had the greatest time on this movie, and I absolutely loved it and, you know, if she doesn’t want to go and see it, I don’t really care. 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 (via Screen Rant).

Tom Holland as Spider-Man (Vox)

But there appeared to be a disconnect, since Dunst addressed the studio’s interests, and Holland defended himself without being targeted. But we can understand the actress' reaction, especially given the amount of money involved in superhero films.

At the same time, some movies do seem to be made just to milk the cow, but others - Logan, Deadpool, and Wonder Woman - take things a step further to positively change the genre.

So what do you think? Was Dunst's criticism well-deserved? Or did Spider-Man: Homecoming bring something new to the comic book movie genre?