As “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is set to hit theaters in 2014, the actor playing the super hero is raising a question about Spider-Man’s sexuality. As reported by Entertainment Weekly on July 10, actor Andrew Garfield is asking “why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality?”
Garfield said he had a philosophical discussion with producer Matt Tolmach on the issue and the character of Mary Jane who fans know as “MJ”. He said he discussed the possibility of MJ actually being a dude and the Peter all fans grew to know was actually questioning his sexuality. Garfield says he raised the question in a joking manner but was kind of serious about the super hero perhaps being gay.
He told EW:
“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?”
For one thing, it would be rewriting history, or adding to the history of the character that is well known and it also shouldn’t matter what Spider-Man’s sexuality is, but it is a reflection of how society has changed in regards to homosexuality that the question has even raised, especially by a straight actor playing the role.
Garfield does have someone in mind to play the male version of “MJ”.
“I’ve been obsessed with Michael B. Jordon since The Wire,” he tells EW. “He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better – we’d have interracial bisexuality!”
It seems as though Garfield has a man crush. As far as Spider-Man having an onscreen male lover, Garfield has already raised the question to his director Marc Webb as well.