In many ways, 's version of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man was a bit of a deviation from the character I knew growing up. He wasn't as geeky or dopey as I imagined. In fact, he was a bit of a brooding loner. You know, the sort-of-but-not-really bad boy that girls (and some guys) would be in awe of, even though he'd wear a gross beanie over greasy hair. That guy.
Now, Garfield is suggesting an even bigger deviation from Peter Parker lore. Could he potentially be coming out of the closet in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? The answer is obviously no, but that isn't stopping him from trying. In a conversation with EW, he admitted to talking to producer Matt Tolmach about Parker's sexuality, saying, "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?"
I appreciate the ally incentive, but saying that it "wouldn't be a big deal" is just completely false. It would be a big deal, and not only because homphobic fanboys would freak out. The fact of the matter is, we don't have an on-screen, openly out superhero. Sure, we have Northstar in the comics, but he still hasn't found his way into any X-Men movie. What would be truly groundbreaking is if we had a character like that make his or her way into a movie and have a central part in the action because let's be honest, we're a long, long, long way off from a gay or bisexual superhero being the main character in a movie.
Garfield's fantasy casting consists of as his love interest. He says, "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!" That's all fine and dandy, but we all know that if MJ was a dude, the character should still probably be ginger. That means that if Garfield wants this to happen, he should give me a call. I'm available.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens on May 2, 2014.