BFF: Spider-Man Played by: Kirsten Dunst Relationship: Next-door neighbors; childhood friends; high school crushes; couple; not-a-couple; couple; she knows he's Spider-Man. Hurdles to romance: She's the hot girl, always just out of reach to Peter Parker; then, when he's the Wall Crawler, she's the risk he doesn't want to take (to get to him, a villain might harm her); then she's engaged to an astronaut; then in love with Peter's best friend; then in love with Peter; then Peter stands her up; then she thinks he's cocky; then she gets frustrated; then she decides Peter Parker is the right one; then … we forget (it's exhausting). Integral to plotline? Sometimes. We want to believe M.J. is integral, and certainly, in Sam Raimi's emphatic series, the "Spider-Man" movies play as grand romances, marked by sincere longing and that blush of first love — at least initially. The couple's first kiss, him upside down, her standing in the rain, is one of the most indelible movie images of the last decade. But Dunst's mugging, after the first film, grows tiring, and the character's need for a little bit more commitment from Peter seems to go nowhere. By the third film, she's been through three guys, countless near-death experiences, multiple careers. Yet the character feels stalled. She's a speed bump.
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