Former Spider-Man star says he has 'no preference' as to how the character's sexuality is depicted
Former Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield has suggested that the webslinger should be portrayed as “pansexual” in the future.
Garfield starred in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel, but has recently been succeeded by 19-year-old Tom Holland, who will make his debut as Peter Parker in next year’s Captain America: Civil War before starring in his own standalone movie.
Supposed leaked documents that emerged shortly before Holland was cast featured the stipulation that Spider-Man should be “caucasian and heterosexual”, but in a new interview, Garfield has that the character should be depicted less strictly.
“I’m excited to get to the point where we don’t have to have this conversation – where we can have a pansexual Spider-Man,” the actor told Mic.
“We’re scared of things that aren’t us,” the actor added. “Love is love. Skin is skin. Flesh is flesh. We’re all wrapped in the same thing. I have no preference.”
Garfield then explained why he thinks the iconic comic book character lends itself to multiple interpretations, saying: “The beauty about Spider-Man, for me, is that he’s covered head to toe. That’s why everyone thinks it could be them in that suit. You don’t see skin colour. You don’t see sexual orientation. You don’t see how old the person is, gender, the whole thing. I celebrate that. Anyone can be a hero in their own lives.”
The new Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland is scheduled for release on July 28, 2017. For the first time, Marvel’s president Kevin Feige will serve as a producer on one of Sony’s Spider-Man films, working alongside Sony’s Amy Pascal, a veteran of the studio’s Spider-Man movies. Feige has recently revealed that the film will be “inspired by John Hughes”, the director of classic ’80s teen movies like Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.