He may not be playing Spider-Man in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), but Andrew Garfield still has a whole web of opinions when it comes to the iconic character.
In an interview with Mic for Andrew's upcoming film 99 Homes, the conversation quickly turned to Sony's portrayal of Spider-Man and their commitment to keeping him a certain way. After the infamous email hack, it became public knowledge that Peter Parker should remain strictly "Caucasian and heterosexual."
Andrew admits that he took issue with these enforced limits on the character and spoke out on the kind of Spider-Man he would like to see swing into theaters (hint: It's one who swings both ways).
Andrew wants Spidey to have a less conventional sexual identity
He not only doesn't "give a shit about the sexual preference" of Peter Parker, he goes one step further when it comes to his onscreen representation.
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.
For those that may not know, the term "pansexual" refers to sexual, emotional, or romantic attraction toward people regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity. As an alternative sexuality, it essentially refers to people who don't limit love and sex to reflect only two genders.
It would be a major but unlikely step to see such a mainstream and recognizable superhero who bucks social norms like this, which is probably why Andrew is pushing for it.
He goes on to explore all the identity options that could enrich Spider-Man
Andrew doesn't just stop at sexuality. He says that diversity should be a driving factor behind exploring every aspect of humanity, even beyond Spider-Man, and he sees the hesitance to do so as nothing more than fear.
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. 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? We're scared of things that aren't us. Love is love. Skin is skin. Flesh is flesh. We're all wrapped in the same thing. I have no preference.
In his mind, Spider-Man can be anyone, so why not move beyond the straight, white standard?
In the past, Stan Lee has also weighed into this discussion saying that he would "like Spider-Man to stay the way he is," but Andrew has a completely opposite viewpoint. He sees Spider-Man as an everyman, and his completely masked body allows anyone to imagine themselves in that role.
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 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.
We probably won't see changes this large come to the big screen any time soon, but I do think Andrew has a point about the universality of Spider-Man. Diversified representation of such an unforgettable American character would make a major statement across the globe, but it seems like people can only push for it when the costume comes off.