Andrew Garfield Asks, 'Why Can't SPIDER-MAN Be Gay?'

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In an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly's Amazing Spider-Man 2 cover story (out this week as part of their annual Comic-Con preview issue), the film's star Andrew Garfield is quoted as pondering the possibility of Peter Parker "exploring his sexuality."

The article states the line of thought started with a conversation Garfield had with producer Matt Tolmach about whether "MJ" — traditionally standing for "Mary Jane," Peter Parker's primary love interest in multiple interpretations of the character — has to be a female character.

"I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ," Garfield told EW. "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?"

Further, the article states that Garfield has an actor in mind for the part, specifically Michael B. Jordan, best known as Wallace on The Wire. "He's so charismatic and talented," Garfield is quoted. "It'd be even better—we'd have interracial bisexuality!"

While Entertainment Weekly doesn't present this as anything more than musings on Garfield's part, it does state that Amazing Spider-Man franchise director Marc Webb is at least playfully aware of the actor's suggestions.

Divergent star Shailene Woodley had been cast as Mary Jane for Amazing Spider-Man 2, and shot scenes for the film, before Webb confirmed that a "creative decision" prompted her being edited out of the film. Quotes from Woodley suggest that the character will debut in the third film (out in 2016), but there has been speculation that the role may be recast.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 is scheduled for release on May 2, 2014, and the film will be a part of Sony's Hall H presentation at Comic-Con International in San Diego next week, with a panel slated to start at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, July 19.

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