Andrew Garfield Thinks It Would Be Great If Spider-Man Was Gay


As filming production continues on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the big promo push builds up for Spider-Man at San Diego Comic-Con next week, lead actor Andrew Garfield is giving interviews about the film. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine, Garfield talks about a conversation he had with film producer Matt Tolmach about Spider-Man … and his sexuality. Andrew says that he would have no problem with Spider-Man being gay. According to the actor, it wouldn’t even be “groundbreaking” to have Spider-Man explore his sexuality in this way. Click below to read Garfield’s comments in full and find out which hot actor he think would be perfect to play Spider-Man’s love interest MJ in a possible scenario where Peter Parker/Spider-Man is gay.

Andrew Garfield has loved Spider-Man since he was a little kid. He can speak eloquently and at length about how open the Spider-verse is for interpretation. Recently, he says, he had a philosophical discussion with producer Matt Tolmach about Mary Jane or “MJ” to fans. “I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” he tells 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?” Garfield even 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 a sexually flexible Spidey to his director, Marc Webb, as well. When EW later mentions the idea to Webb, the director says, “Michael B. Jordan, I know.” Oh, so he’s heard this too? “Uh, are you kidding?”

Look, turning Spider-Man into a gay character would be amazing … but I just don’t think it’ll happen, not on the scale of a major motion picture. Let’s not forget, in the comic books Spider-Man was already turned into a half-Latino, half-African American possible gay man already. Sure, that version of Spider-Man was short-lived but still, there’s precedent (not to mention the fact that in the DC Comics universe, Batwoman has always been gay). We know that comic book god Stan Lee is all for a major gay comic book superhero, so why not take it to the next level and let Spider-Man be gay in the movies? It’s an exciting thought but, again, I just don’t think it’ll happen … not yet anyways. Still, I love Andrew Garfield so much for even making this idea the subject of conversation. It would be so amazing for Peter Parker/Spider-Man to be in love with a Michael James Watson rather than a Mary Jane Watson and maybe someday, he will. With forward-thinking actors and directors seriously considering that prospect, we may get there sooner than we imagine.


  • janaegal

    I do think we’ll be seeing this in a closer future than we think, but I’d be willing to bet it will be in a television version.

  • Paul

    Batwoman has not always been gay. When Batwoman originally appeared in the 1950s, she was a love interest for Batman primarily intended to show that Batman was not gay as he was accused of being by Fredric Wertham in his anti-comic book book “Seduction of the Innocent.” In recent years it has been popular to revise old second or third tier comic characters to be gay (ex. Ultimate Spider-man and Earth 2 Green Lantern) and Batwoman is one of these. As Spider-Man is a top tier character, it is highly unlikely that Marvel Comics would make such a revision for the movies. As to why Andrew Garfield would prefer love scenes with Michael B. Jordan over his own girlfriend, that is a completely different question.

    • @Paul — “Batwoman has not always been gay”

      You are correct, I should’ve clarified the modern version of Batwoman.