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Andrew Garfield: 'Why Can't Spider-Man Be Gay?'

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Andrew Garfield tells EW that he has had a discussion with the producers of Spider-Man about Peter Parker's sexuality:

"‘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? ... 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!”

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  1. Kind of awesome and Andrew clearly has excellent taste in men.

    Posted by: Jonny | Jul 10, 2013 1:24:35 PM


  2. He's got a point. It would be nice to see a legitimate portrayal of bisexuality in film. A superhero that does not strictly adhere to the heteronormative story lines of past superhero tales would be a welcome breath of fresh air.

    Cue anti-bisexual trolls in 3...2...1...

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 10, 2013 1:24:54 PM


  3. I'm not sure if this would sell more or less tickets, but I can say one thing for certain.... for some hot Peter Parker and Flash Thompson action, as currently cast, I'd be going at least 3 times :)

    The new Harry Osborn, too, which would probably make more sense, story wise. (Honestly, that could be an awesome story -- Peter Parker getting swept up with a cute and very cool -- complete with dad's science lab -- Harry Osborn.)

    Posted by: Ryan | Jul 10, 2013 1:26:56 PM


  4. Go for it!

    The next Comic-Con should then be held in Palm Springs.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 10, 2013 1:30:53 PM


  5. Because effing Spider-Man isn't gay. Make a new gay original character.

    Posted by: David in NYC | Jul 10, 2013 1:31:23 PM


  6. Everybody in the industry know that Andrew Garfield is into young(legal) Asian boys, so that is a given. No surprise there.

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Jul 10, 2013 1:33:13 PM


  7. The original character isn't gay. Ticket sales would be way down, particularly overseas. You'd get political protests from the right. etc.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 10, 2013 1:36:14 PM


  8. @mateoM, I see your point. I also see Spiderman's point. I wonder if he prewebs when excited.

    Posted by: parkrunner | Jul 10, 2013 1:42:59 PM


  9. I see the "gaying" of existing character the same way I view have black Steel Magnolia or black Annie....lazy. Can't someone create an original black storyline (although I did enjoy the Wiz but only for MJ and Diana) or original gay character intersting enough to catch on in the mainstream?....this is just lazy and boring. Let's go black Wonder Woman and asian Superman and gay Mr. T. originality is dead obviously.

    Posted by: Reality Chek | Jul 10, 2013 1:52:50 PM


  10. 1) HOW THE HELL HASNT ANYONE COMMENTED ON IT YET?

    2) HELLOOOOO Mr. Parker.

    3) I agree with David, Spiderman isn't gay, just like how you aren't straight and nobody should try to make you straight.

    Make a new gay superhero! It's crazy easy, you just literally make any new hero gay.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 10, 2013 1:55:12 PM


  11. This article just made my year. Waiting for the youtube scene smashup!

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Jul 10, 2013 1:55:59 PM


  12. How does anyone knows for sure Spider-man isn't gay ? It is not all impossible. There are countless married men who are gay or ’turned gay’ .

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Jul 10, 2013 1:59:43 PM


  13. But if you "gay," or in this case "bisexual" an existing super hero, you have the potential to show many that their childhood heroes can be just as heroic and great without having to be straight to do it.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 10, 2013 2:01:42 PM


  14. Yeah, the original Spider-Man isn't gay. So What? This is the reboot that everyone makes fun of because it's a reboot about a decade too soon and exists solely because it was the only way for Sony to retain the rights to Spider-Man.

    Now, I happened to like the first in this reboot series. But seriously, why not take a too-soon reboot and reboot it with something significantly new, instead of re-treading our well-worn friendly neighborhood Spider-Man ad infinitum? Let's make him VERY friendly and make some interesting changes!!

    Posted by: Zlick | Jul 10, 2013 2:03:07 PM


  15. Excellent question.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 10, 2013 2:34:07 PM


  16. What is this need for purity in fictional (made-up) characters? I remember this same fury (by some) when a black actor played Heimdall in the Thor movie.

    If it was a "true life" movie it would be more understanding. But, it happens in movies without the label of "lazy or boring". Interesting that you never hear this push-back for movies based in reality.

    In Oliver Stone's World Trade Center about the rescue of the New York Port Authority police officers, ONE of the two rescuers (both marines) was black BUT he was played as a white character and by a white guy in the movie.

    Jake Gyllenhaal (sp?) played a very popular middle-eastern character (based on game) in a movie (can't remember the name).

    But, God Forbid if Spider-Man is bisexual. That nevertheless doesn't discount the possible marketing issues.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jul 10, 2013 2:57:37 PM


  17. uhm because Mary Jane being a girl and Spidey and her being in love is long time fact of the story arc

    unlike say wolverine and hercules from an alternate earth were made lovers = neither had major love relationships as part of their character stories...spidey and mary jane are canonical

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 10, 2013 3:10:05 PM


  18. DAMN! I'm just happy to see what SpiderMan (Mr Garfield) is packing. Very Nice!!

    Posted by: Jaxxon | Jul 10, 2013 3:10:29 PM


  19. Andrew has GREAT taste! I would love to see the narrow views/ideas of comic movie fans pushed or expanded. Y'all need a good push once in a while.

    Posted by: princely | Jul 10, 2013 3:18:01 PM


  20. Spidey looks like he's thinkin' of the Green Lantern.

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 10, 2013 3:31:32 PM


  21. @ princely

    why not just create a new gay character and make them great

    have to agree with an upthread poster than not doing so and instead making a long time straight character gay is just lazy

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 10, 2013 3:35:08 PM


  22. Was the original Spidey as hung as in the pic?

    Posted by: Skeptical Cicada | Jul 10, 2013 5:51:53 PM


  23. Moz -- everyone needs a rebound. Once Gwen gets the ax (you know it's going to happen in this movie) why not let Spider-Man do a little "experimenting?" There's even a word for that in the LGBT community -- straight, but "curious."

    They could even just tease it -- and girls would eat that stuff up, which is a huge part of the audience going to see these new Spider-Man movies anyway.

    I'm not saying Sony should do it, just saying that with great care put into the story, it really couldn't hurt. It would certainly be one way to differentiate the two sets of Spider-Man movies!

    Posted by: Ryan | Jul 10, 2013 5:52:16 PM


  24. A thousand times YES!

    So many fanfics would come to reality ;-)

    Posted by: bernard | Jul 10, 2013 5:53:52 PM


  25. A gay Spiedy would be cool.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 10, 2013 6:00:38 PM


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