Even though he’s no longer playing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield still has a few ideas about Peter Parker. While speaking with Mic, the actor — who played the web-slinger in the two “Amazing Spider-Man” films — shared his views on how he thought Peter Parker could change over time.
“I’m excited to get to the point where we don’t have to have this conversation,” said Garfield, “where we can have a pansexual Spider-Man.”
Garfield added that he wants to see this change occur with Spider-Man in order to reflect the world. “The richness of the world we’re in, the diversity of the world we’re in,” continued Garfield. “You look at the animal kingdom and you see it reflected. You look all over. What are we so scared of? Why are we so, ‘No, it has to be this way, a man and a woman.’ Why is that even a conversation?… We’re scared of things that aren’t us. Love is love. Skin is skin. Flesh is flesh. We’re all wrapped in the same thing. I have no preference.”
The actor also noted that Spider-Man is the perfect candidate for this leap forward in diversity (there has yet to be a superhero movie with a non-straight lead) due to his costume. “The beauty about Spider-Man, for me, is that he’s covered head to toe,” he said. “That’s why everyone thinks it could be them in that suit. You don’t see skin color. You don’t see sexual orientation. You don’t see how old the person is, gender, the whole thing. I celebrate that. Anyone can be a hero in their own lives.”
This isn’t the first time Garfield has called for a not-strictly-heterosexual take on Spider-Man; in 2013, he wondered aloud why Spider-Man couldn’t be bisexual and even fancast Michael B. Jordan in the gender-swapped role of “MJ.”
Of course, Garfield’s comments stand in stark contrast to the restrictions placed on the Peter Parker character by Marvel and Sony. Leaked documents revealed that for Peter to be portrayed on the big screen, he must be “Caucasian and heterosexual.”
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