Oh, Andrew Garfield – he’s so evolved! So progressive! We all know Spider-Man is a total stud with the ladies, but Andrew has a more important question: Why can’t he be gay? After all, Mary Jane could be a dude… named AJ! It’d be easy! Let’s do it!
From Entertainment Weekly:
Recently, he says, he had a philosophical discussion with producer Matt Tolmach about Mary Jane or “MJ” to fans. “I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” he tells EW. “And 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?”
Garfield even has an actor in mind: “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!” The star has clearly suggested a sexually flexible Spidey to his director, Marc Webb, as well. When EW later mentions the idea to Webb, the director says, “Michael B. Jordan, I know.” Oh, so he’s heard this too? “Uh, are you kidding?”
I mean, I kinda dig it – I think it would be really great to see a superhero character that’s gay or bisexual. It’s part of who he is, but he’s not defined by it – he’s defined by the good he puts into the world. After all, gay people aren’t just gay. They’re regular people who just happen to be attracted to the same sex. Having a superhero – especially one that’s so well-known and beloved – that’s “sexually flexible“, as EW so ineloquently put it, would be amazing.
Will it ever happen with Spider-Man. We’ll have to dream on, there. Nice to see someone like Andrew being so accepting and thoughtful about it, though – and no, that’s not sarcasm.