Just ahead of the release of the new Spider-film Far From Home, actor Tom Holland said he’d be totally down with a gay Spider-Man.
When asked directly about the possibility, 23-year-old Holland told The Sunday Times: “Yeah, of course! I can’t talk about the future of the character because honestly I don’t know and it’s out of my hands.”
He continued: “But I do know a lot about the future of Marvel, and they are going to be representing lots of different people in the next few years. The world isn’t as simple as a straight white guy. It doesn’t end there, and these films need to represent more than one type of person.”
Holland’s remarks also fit with those of Marvel’s production chief Victoria Alonzo, who has said Marvel is committed to a diverse cast of heroes, including a gay superhero.
“Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person?” she told Variety earlier this year. “Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail.”
Rumors continue to circulate that Marvel plans to have a gay lead in its upcoming film version of The Eternals, with several out-gay actors confirmed to have tested for the role.
Frankly, we’d consider either possibility a win, though we would seriously love to see Holland’s Peter Parker locking lips with another guy. Don’t pretend you wouldn’t watch…