Andrew Garfield has said he would like to see ‘a pansexual Spider-Man.’
The British actor, who played the web-slinger in two movies, said he did not ‘give a shit about the sexual preference’ of the superhero.
His comments come after documents leaked in June revealed that studio heads had strictly mandated the man behind the mask, Peter Parker, be ‘Caucasian and heterosexual.’
‘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,’ he told Mic.
‘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.’
Garfield continued: ‘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.’
‘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?’
This is not the first time the 32-year-old has advocated for an LGBTI Spider-Man. Garfield told Entertainment Weekly that he pitched the idea of a gay Parker to producers in 2013.
‘I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,’ he said of Parker’s love interest Mary Jane.
‘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?’