In a statement certain to rankle purists, while speaking to EW for their Comic Con spotlight issue regarding “MJ “(who is traditionally also known as “Mary Jane,”), current cinematic web-slinger Andrew Garfield queried, “I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ. 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?”
He even has a suggestion as to who should play… er, Matthew Jacob? Mark Justin? Michael Jackson? ( I could make a joke about Garfield being too old… oh I guess I just did.) Garfield gushed, “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!”
In the comics, Spider-Man has been Peter Parker, a heterosexual Caucasian male, Miles Morales, a heterosexual biracial male (Latino/African American), Doctor Octopus an old Caucasian male (albeit trapped in Peter Parker’s youthful body) and even, technically a Caucasian woman, Ultimate Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), who was cloned from Peter’s DNA.
I could see a new character acting as a gay Spider-Man, but I think by turning Peter Parker gay, Sony would just be begging fans to break out their torches and pitchforks!
Then again, maybe this explains why Shailene Woodley was un-cast as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2!
What do you think? (Oh like I need to ask!) Feel free to comment below!