With many rumors still circulating around Spider-Man 4, producer Todd Black has come up to set the record straight on Kirsten Dunst's status. In an interview with The New York Post, he confirmed that Dunst is definitely set to return as Mary Jane Watson for the fourth film.
His declaration put down the rumor that the actress might be replaced. Furthermore, though revealing that the 27-year-old actress will rejoin director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire, Black declined that the fourth movie will see a wedding between Mary Jane and Peter Parker. He said that he was unaware of such a subplot. At the end of Spider-Man 3, the two had an emotional - but ambiguous - reunion after the film's events drove the lovers apart.
Additionally, Black shot down online rumors of comic book character Morbius the Living Vampire being the newest Spider Man’s foe. Instead, he came up with a few hints for which villain to be featured.
"We're just coming up with who the villain is now," he said. "We'll be shooting in New York again. Trust me, people will appreciate who we pick, because it'll be a big part of New York." He then added that "the villain will be one of Spidey's foes from the comic, not a character invented for the film."
Among the popular options are Kraven the Hunter, Chameleon, the Hobgoblin, Mysterio, Venom offspring Carnage and the Lizard, whose human alter-ego, Dr. Curt Connors, had a role in the previous two movies.
The superhero movie is slated for May 6, 2011 U.S. release.