Andrew Garfield on Spider-Man: ‘Why Can’t He Be Gay?’

Andrew Garfield on Spider-Man: 'Why Can't

Actor says Mary Jane could hypothetically be a boy

With all eyes on the comic book world during Comic-Con and ample talk of gay rights issues with the recent SCOTUS rulings, Andrew Garfield decided to combine the two and ask a question about Spider-Man, the hero he portrays: “Why can’t he be gay?”

Garfield told Entertainment Weekly that he recently had a discussion with Matt Tolmach, the producer of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” about MJ, or Mary Jane, one of Spider-Man’s love interests. He mentioned the state of the character’s sexuality and the prospect of having a man in his web-slinging arms.

“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” he said. “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!”

Garfield has a point, especially with the recent legal battles and the summer’s packed Gay Pride Parades, and Mary Jane’s future in the films was uncertain to begin with. It was recently revealed that Shailene Woodley’s, who was playing MJ, scenes were cut from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” leaving speculation on how the films will handle her character.

Some Spider-Man fans have shown, though, that they’re protective of the superhero’s portrayals. When Donald Glover was suggested as the new Spidey before Andrew Garfield was cast, many on the internet fiercely rejected the idea of a non-white Spider-Man.

That hasn’t stopped Garfield, as he already has a male Mary Jane in mind. He suggested Michael B. Jordan, star of the Sundance buzz pic “Fruitvale Station.”

“It’d be even better,” he said. “We’d have interracial bisexuality!”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is set to be released in 2014.

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  1. First they disappear the character of Gwen Stacy and her role in Spiderman’s development, and now they want to axe Mary Jane as well. Make up your own superhero if you want to destroy something!

  2. RS says:

    This is freakin’ hilarious! Thanks for giving us a laugh riot.

    Andrew, you were great in Never Let Me Go, ok? Please don’t ruin that for me. Just plead temporary insanity. Either that or just come out in real life. I mean, come on— your girlfriend is Emma Stone. Total Fag Hag. And second you’re too pretty not to be gay. Gays, don’t be offended, I’m gay too.

    Lastly, just leave Spider Man alone. He is not gay, just his outfit.

  3. FarFlung says:

    “Why can’t Spiderman be gay?” Well, it’s because he’s not gay and never was. That’s not the way the character was written. If Andrew, or anyone else, wants a gay superhero, make one up! But don’t take a classic one and turn him into something he never was.

  4. Steve says:

    I think Andrew would feel better about himself if Spiderman was gay.

    Get over it Andrew! It’s okay to be a homosexual! Play with the other homosexuals and leave the rest of us alone, with respect to your lifestyle.

    Young and stupid……

    And not making very good publicity for Marvel/Columbia and the upcoming sequel.


    Hey if anyone knows ANDREW GARFIELD ask him to use his money to create his own gay comic book superhero and self publish it . Create his own character he can USE HIS OWN STORY OF HIM BEING A GAY MAN that is in the closet or openly DOWN LOW we all know his relationship with EMMA STONE IS fake and thats ok He can be a gay man all he wants thats great . But just get Stan Lee to help him create and self publish his own gay comic book character problem solved . Andrew a fan of spiderman but not MARY JANE and thats ok OK

  6. larry says:

    This shows how superficial and amoral the movie industry is…that you have this need to mess with the sexual identity of any superhero.


      He can create a new gay superhero his self and self publish the comic book character ? Its cheap to write and self publish it his self . Andrew is a closeted gay man and can use his own story idears from his own life or he can get Stan Lee to help him create this new character .

  7. Don Beryl says:

    A gay superhero is fine, but if you want a gay superhero, invent a new one and make him/her gay. Why change the whole storyline of an existing, well known, popular superhero just to jump on the gay pride bandwagon.

  8. Sam W. says:

    Have been a Spider-Man since childhood. Stan Lee never intended Peter Parker to be gay, never wrote his character for over 50 years to be gay. His girlfriend (not boyfriend) is Mary Jane Watson. All of a sudden because there is this massive crusade promoting gay rights we should stop and change comic book heroes just as a PR move. I think not.

  9. Juliana says:

    That’s not fair to Mary Jane. She is my favorite non-super character in the Marvel universe, because she is such a strong female character. She is an important and constant person in Peter’s life whether they’re together or not. If you changed her gender than you are changing who she is as a character.

  10. Karen says:

    Not everyone struggles with their sexuality! I am for gay rights but I’m sick of this shit being shoved down our throats! (No pun intended) Spiderman isn’t gay he never was. Jeez, they even rewrote the original Green Lantern as gay! Why not just make the current Green Lantern gay since his character changes. Why not make a new gay super hero. Leave the originals alone! I also notice that they keep pushing gay men. Can they not also make a lesbian super hero or what about a female Green Lantern? It seems very one sided. When they wanted to show women’s rights they created other characters. Like Wonder Woman or they made female counterparts. They didn’t just change the gender of the current heroes. Seriously, WTF?!

  11. ed1723 says:

    The only point is on Garfields head.


      Why dont you create and self publish your own gay female comic book superhero and Andrew Garfield CAN CREATE and self publish his new gay superhero comic book also . Problem solved . Anyone can self publish there own comic book get Stan Lee to help you write it Andrew Garfield . Peter Parker is who he is and he has never been gay just create your own new comic book characters and sell them on twitter and internet .

  12. Sean Farrell says:

    themes of ”exploring sexuality” should not be present in a childrens movie.

  13. web slinger says:

    i guess they will change his name from peter parker to peter puffer

  14. Adrian says:

    I would like to see this idea played out a bisexual spiderman sounds good

  15. JOE S HILL says:

    Mr Garfield has an intresting sense of Humor,that he really needs to keep to himself!
    if he is entertaining the idea of making “SPIDER-MAN” Gay,then he’ll face an Angry
    backlash from Fans,who don’t like that idea,even if he was joking! there are enough
    Gays out there,and seeing them play Super Heroes is not a welcomed thought! but
    if doesn’t like that,,then give the role back to Tobey Maguire,who will always be the better

    • Norman says:

      Fans dont care if he’s gay, but the fact remains that he isnt gay-wasnt written like that-fanboys will watch whatever Hollywood dishes out to them-good or not-look at Man of Steel-big terrible mess making HUGE numbers!

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