Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Sexually Flexible Spidey

            Hello everyone, my apologies for being gone for so long. I can’t believe I haven’t posted since June 20th. I’ve been busy wrapping up my masters (I graduate in a month), planning my big move to Los Angeles, working at StagesPlus, and I was in Chiapas, Mexico last week on vacation with my mom and sister (Yes, I’ll be uploading pictures like I did for my trip to Puerto Rico).

            Anyway, if you tend to read my blog on a consistent basis, you may remember I’ve mentioned that I love scrolling through IMDb news religiously. This morning before my final entertainment business project class started, I ran into several interesting articles; however, there were a couple that truly caught my attention. One with a huge, bold title saying, Andrew Garfield on Spider-Man: ‘Why Can’t He Be Gay?

            With the repeal of DOMA and Proposition 8 and a plethora of gay pride parades last month, I decided to give homage to such events by stating my opinion on Garfield’s thoughts on a sexually flexible Spidey.

            “What if MJ was 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 told Entertainment Weekly about the conversation he had with Matt Tolmach, the producer of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

            After finding out that Shailene Woodley’s scenes have been cut out (she was cast to play Mary Jane on the sequel), Garfield says he has a potential 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!”

            As an aspiring producer, I would actually love to be on Tolmach’s shoes. If this were to be taken seriously, I would heavily consider such idea. This is something that, to the best of my knowledge, has never been explored in a superhero franchise and it would be interesting to spice up the plot a bit. I am aware it could be a risky decision, but with a more accepting society of the LGBT community and more open-minded moviegoers, it could be a revolutionary, wise decision. Plus, it’d be good for LGBT kids to have a superhero role model to look up to. What are your thoughts from a producer’s standpoint and/or a Spidey fan? Comment below.

By the way, did you get a glimpse of this new image from "Spidey 2?"


  1. I'm all for acceptance and all that. But let spiderman Peter Parker remain the straight Spiderman Peter Parker. If another incarnation of Spiderman happens to be gay like an alternate universe spiderman (and Marvel has plenty of those) then have at it, but as for Peter Parker being made gay because its the "in" thing or because it more acceptable now is a no go. Stay true to the Spiderman lore. If Marvel wants to create a LGBT superhero, by all means do what you will, but leave the superhero we grew up with in his original incarnation out of it. Peter Parker is not gay, and unless they choose to use one of the alternate universe spidermen, and make it clear that's what happening, this will not go over well. Can you say M. Night Shamalan and The last airbender times 1000? EPIC FAIL.

  2. Hey William,

    From the perspective of a fan, I agree with you 100 percent. Turning Peter Parker bi or gay would change his core completely. In a way, it's like changing the race of a well-known character. I agree that if they want to do it, they should wait for a reboot set in a different "universe." However, as I mentioned, it would be interesting to see how moviegoers, the studio, and mainly the fans, would react if this were to be the case. The box office numbers might be in jeopardy, but I don't think it would be an epic fail because I'm sure people would be curious to see how it would develop.

    Have a good weekend,


  3. I agree with william as well. Changing the character like that would honestly be suicide for Disney/Marvel. Leave him be...I mean they already gave Peter Parker a different love than MJ (which is more than likely why she was pulled). She wasn't his love attraction in this "Universe" of Spider-Man. They went back to the old old story of Spidey. In that story MJ was merely an anecdote. Leave him be...and if they want him to experiment and find it in a different series with someone like Jake Gillenhal or someone like that. (Sorry couldn't resist)

  4. I personally think a bisexual (or even pansexual??) Spiderman would be interesting. I don't ever remember a comic where he explicitly said he was straight. (Though there might be one I missed, of course!) I mean, with so many kids committing suicide because they feel alone in this world, I really think that, even though it's not what we all grew up with, it might mean a lot to some people. Even if it's just a quick interest in a guy and then back to women. I mean a new, gay character from Marvel would never get the fandom of Spiderman, I really hate to say it. But I think it would really mean a lot to some people that even someone who's not straight can be a hero. But I guess our opinion won't change it anyway, he'll always be into the ladies. But it's still an interesting thought that deserves the discussion :)

    1. It would definitely be interesting.

      I was reading an article last night about a new film adaptation similar to "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" called "The Mortal Instruments." One of the leading characters happens to be bisexual; that phase he's going through is supposed to be an important element of the story. Here's the link: