Spider-Man has gone through a lot of changes during the years, and if one Hollywood actor has his way, an even bigger one could be on the way. While promoting “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Andrew Garfield, who took over the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man from Tobey Maguire, told Entertainment Weekly that he would enjoy playing the character as bisexual.
Garfield has discussed the possibility with producer Matt Tolmach and that he would look forward to expanding on Parker’s traditional female love interests, Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy.
“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” Garfield told EW. “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 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 the idea to the movie’s director, Marc Webb, as well, Think Progess reported. When he was asked about Garfield’s suggestion, he said, “Michael B. Jordan, I know.”
Kevin Fallon of the Daily Beast weighed in on the idea, saying “The thought of such a progressive twist in such a high-profile Hollywood blockbuster is no doubt exciting to many people and blasphemous to many others. And while the idea is 99.99 percent likely to end up just a series of “what ifs,” it’s not completely outside the realm of possibility (even if it’s pretty much out on the very edge of that realm). Shailene Woodley had been cast as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but her role has been cut from the film. Two more sequels have already been ordered, leaving Sony just enough time to completely rewrite Peter Parker’s love story.”