Andrew Garfield Asks “Why Can’t Spider-Man Be Gay?”

andrew-garfield-11Andrew Garfield may not be the first cutie to don the all-powerful Spider-Man costume, but he’s definitely the first to use it as a man-magnet.

The easily excitable The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor told EW this week that he has often had “philosophical discussions” with the film’s producer, Matt Tolmach, about exploring the character’s sexuality on film. “I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” he says. “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.”

To which we say “he can!” He’s been gay in our fantasies since before you were born, Mr. Garfield, and we fully approve of you making out with other men in or out of costume.

Garfield is gunning for a gay makeout sesh so badly that he’s already chosen an actor to play his onscreen beau. “I’ve been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since The Wire,” he said. “He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better—we’d have interracial bisexuality!”


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  • MK Ultra

    First of all, I lurrv his hair.
    Secondly, totally agree.
    Spiderman, Batman, Superman, they’ve been staples of the superhero movie genre for a good while now, and although in many ways they stay true to the original, they also modernize to fit the current zeitgeist.
    Personally I think that most people, especially those who won’t admit it, would be titillated by seeing this hottie make out with another male hottie.

  • miagoodguy

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  • Polaro

    It would be an interesting twist, but Spiderman isn’t gay.

  • Homophile

    Why can’t Andrew Garfield be gay?

  • Whulut7

    Personally, I have no problem with characters like Spiderman or Batman as gay/bi, yet I can’t picture Bruce Wayne or Peter Parker as gay/bi. If someone else took the mantle from them then I’d be all for it whether they be gay/bi. Peter Parker will always be straight to me and Bruce Wayne will always be straight leaning toward asexual.

  • Charlie in Charge

    None of the A-List superheroes can explore their secuality unfortunately. A few years back a Wonder Woman writer (who I believe was gay) discussed how WW’s Amazonian origin story doesn’t really gel with a 100% heterosexual person but that he as a writer couldn’t explore that because he could not jeopardize lunchbox sales, cartoon series adsales, action figure sales, etc.

  • MK Ultra

    I still say it’s gonna happen.

  • Ron Jackson

    Picture this: Andrew Garfield in tighty whities being kissed by unknown cutie…
    I can dream can’t I?

  • jmmartin

    @Homophile: My thoughts exactly? James Franco is another actor who seems to go way out of his way to play gay. It’s awfully coy of them to hint that they might be.

  • jwrappaport

    Triple threat: cute face, great body, and he talks like Hermione Granger.

  • technicolornina

    Honestly, I think it’ll happen in the next ten years, probably less. Maybe not Spiderman specifically, but definitely one of the “big ones.” The original Green Lantern has been retconned to be gay (canonically!), Archie Comics has Kevin and his husband, Marvel needs to catch up. The Marvel Cinematic Universe and tie-ins are surprisingly progressive re: women in a traditionally male-dominated genre–I wouldn’t be surprised if this is where Marvel makes its contribution.

  • nevereclipsed81

    fabulous. I wish it could happen, unfortunately there’s no way it would. If I had a million dollars I’d bet it all that there won’t be any such thing. Action films are made to be sent all over the world, they aren’t even ready for a gay action star, *cue Hugh Jackman reminding the world he’s straight again.. let alone a gay character. Still cool of him to ponder this tho.

  • karl61058

    Wonderful! Now a porn movie has just written itself, probably.

  • balehead

    Knew he was gay….

  • rand503

    About 20 years ago, actors were terrified of playing a gay character. It was career suicide, they were told. Now we have actors begging to play a gay role.

    How times have changed.

  • Tackle

    I personally don’t think it’s a good idea to make icons like Spiderman or Batman gay. Both have been around for generations and the original backdrop and story is that both were hetrosexual. How would we gays feel if there was a superhero, who has been around for generations, who was gay, and a decision was made to make him straight?? I don’t think that would go over to well. No. We don’t need to steal. We’re creative enough. So why not create a new superhero and let it be known from the beginning that his or her sexual orientation is gay or lesbian…

  • darkorient

    I am gay, I am a comic fan. I don’t want Spider-Man, Batman, or Superman to be anything but straight. I prefer an original, strong gay superhero who can be a role model for everyone.

  • slinky49

    I agree that Spidey and other comic book characters were originally written as straight and there is a certain impetus toward continuity of character, but… If a person can be bitten by a spider and become a human-spider hybrid with superpowers, certainly there are story lines that could get him bitten by a love bug with homoerotic tendencies that turns him goofy for a pretty boy or two. The main issue is money from all the markets and after-markets where intolerance is still rampant. That keeps the profit conscious big-movie making industry conservative where it needs to be for the sake of the bottom line. It is most likely to eventually happen with a new character that has the leanings to begin with. Meanwhile, we might have a stronger advocacy case if we’d stop forcing the choice to be straight versus gay and let bi into the discussion more often. People can genuinely be attracted to both sexes. It would make for easier story lines to develop, pitch and sell while allowing familiar characters to explore a newly discovered or long suppressed aspect of their persona.

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