How is this less realistic than a guy with radioactive spider powers?
July 10, 2013 3:47 PM Subscribe
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly
for this month's cover story, Andrew Garfield, the current star of the rebooted Spider-Man movie series, offered a new take the character's love interest
“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!”
Of course, despite many recent victories for GLBT rights in the US and across the world, this might not sit well with those Spider-Man fans who have thus far been resistant to major changes to the superhero's identity. In 2010, when news that the Spider-Man films were being rebooted, an online campaign was started to promote an audition by actor/rapper/comedian Donald Glover
aka Childish Gambino
), who was excited by the idea. The idea was met with criticism from many fans, who were not only vocally opposed, but personally attacked Glover online despite his incredulity that "it's fucking 2011, and you don't think there's a black kid who lives with his aunt in Queens who likes science, who takes Photography?"
The audition never happened and Garfield got the job (also previously
), although writers and artists at Marvel were inspired by the idea, and later that year Marvel's Ultimate line of comics killed off Peter Parker and replaced him with an African-American/Puerto Rican teenager named Miles Morales