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Andrew Garfield wants a 'pansexual Spider-Man' in the future

By
Wade Sheridan
Andrew Garfield arrives on the red carpet at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on April 24, 2014. File Photo by UPI/John Angelillo
Andrew Garfield arrives on the red carpet at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on April 24, 2014. File Photo by UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Actor Andrew Garfield revealed Tuesday his wishes for a more diverse Spider-Man portrayed on the silver screen.

While promoting his new film 99 Homes, the former Spider-Man star opened up to Mic about how he thinks the superhero doesn't have to be a heterosexual.

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"I'm excited to get to the point where we don't have to have this conversation," he said, "where we can have a pansexual Spider-Man."

"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," the 32-year-old said. "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?"

The actor added, "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."

This isn't the first time Garfield has spoken about wanting to diversify the web-head. In 2013 the actor spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how Mary Jane, one of Spider-Man's love interests, doesn't always have to be portrayed as a woman.

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"I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ. 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 will have to wait for any potential changes to Spider-Man's sexuality as it seems Marvel will be retaining the classic Peter Parker characterization when the web-swinger returns in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. 19-year-old English actor Tom Holland will be the next to don the red and blue tights.

Garfield played Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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