“Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield, who you’ll also be seeing in next year’s sequel, is no stranger to the character. Garfield says he’s loved Spider-Man since he was a kid. However, he’s got one more nontraditional idea: Spider-Man should be gay.
Garfield pontificated on the idea with Entertainment Weekly in this week’s Comic-Con issue. He said he brought the idea up to producer Matt Tolmach half-joking, but half not. “I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! … So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”
While Garfield could be right about it not being groundbreaking, superhero fans aren’t known for being excited about change. Recent Superman movie “Man of Steel” received online fan backlash when word came out that Jimmy Olsen was going to be Jenny Olsen instead, though the final film barely even mentioned the character’s name.
Back in 2010, when an online campaign started to get black actor/comedian/musician Donald Glover to play Spider-Man, there was a huge fan backlash at the idea of a black Spider-Man. Of course, Glover may have gotten the last laugh — along with continued career success, Marvel introduced a half-black, half-hispanic Spider-Man (albeit in an alternate universe) in 2011. Glover told Collider that the new version of the character was inspired by Glover’s appearance on an episode of “Community” following the campaign dressed in Spider-Man pajamas.
Garfield also had a specific actor in mind to play the male version of comic book romantic interest Mary Jane: Michael B. Jordan. “I’ve been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since ‘The Wire.’ He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better — we’d have interracial bisexuality!” Mary Jane also has yet to be introduced in the movies; while actress Shailene Woodley was cast for “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” she ended up being cut from the film, though she may turn up in 3.
When asked by Entertainment Weekly, “Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb made clear that Garfield had brought the gay Spidey idea up to him, too. While this may not happen in the movies, maybe we’ll get a gay Spider-Man in the comics — though probably in an alternate universe.
(Hat tip: Cinema Blend)