Published On: Thu, Sep 17th, 2015

Andrew Garfield calls for a ‘pansexual’ Spider-Man

Spider-Man can only be white, male and straight, according to Sony and Marvel Studios, but former Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield says that should change. While promoting 99 Homes, Garfield told Mic that he doesn’t “give a s**t about the sexual preference” of Spider-Man.

Gawker published leaked documents in the wake of the Sony hack which strictly outlined the man behind the mask, Peter Parker, as “Caucasian and heterosexual.”

Garfield admitted he didn’t know about the contractual obligations when he played Peter in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel and hopes the role could be less limited in the future.

“I’m excited to get to the point where we don’t have to have this conversation,” he said, “where we can have a pansexual Spider-Man.”

“The richness of the world we’re in, the diversity of the world we’re in; you look at the animal kingdom and you see it reflected. You look all over,” he continued. “What are we so scared of? Why are we so, ‘No, it has to be this way, a man and a woman.’ Why is that even a conversation?”

Pansexual is defined as “not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.”

amazing spider-man photo Andrew Garfield no mask

Columbia Pictures

Garfield has been pushing for a less strictly heterosexual Parker for years. “Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking!” he said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2013. “Why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

“We’re scared of things that aren’t us,” he told Mic. “Love is love. Skin is skin. Flesh is flesh. We’re all wrapped in the same thing. I have no preference.”

For Garfield, the reason Spider-Man is the perfect hero to break the mold is because the costumed crusader is a mystery to his world. “The beauty about Spider-Man, for me, is that he’s covered head to toe,” he said. “That’s why everyone thinks it could be them in that suit. You don’t see skin color. 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.”

In recent Marvel comic books, Spider-Man is already a non-white hero: mixed-race web-slinger Miles Morales. For now, however, the movies remain behind the books, with the third reboot of that character since 2002, now played by British actor Tom Holland, will make his debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Andrew Garfield set photo Amazing Spider-Man 2

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