Andrew Garfield: 'Gay Peter Parker' Comments Were 'Tongue In Cheek'
Andrew Garfield made a lot of news for his Entertainment Weekly interview where he suggested Peter Parker have a boyfriend in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequels. At a Comic-Con press conference, Garfield was asked about the progress of his suggestion. Garfield explained the statements, which were controversial amongst Spider-Man fans but embraced by the gay community.
“Listen, what I said in the Entertainment Weekly interview was a question,” Garfield said. “It was just a simple philosophical question about sexual orientation, about prejudice. I obviously long for the time where sexual orientation, skin color is a small thread in the fabric of a human being and all men are created equal, and women.”
Realistically, The Amazing Spider-Man established that Peter Parker was still a heterosexual man. Garfield won’t scrap the narrative flow just to make a point, but he wanted to put the question out there.
“To speak to the idea of me and Michael B. Jordan getting together, it was tongue in cheek,” Garfield said. “Absolutely tongue in cheek. It would be illogical for me in the third movie to be like, ‘You know what? I’m kind of attracted to guys.’ That’s just not going to work. It’s clear. It was just more a philosophical question.”
Just asking the question is progress for the gay community in entertainment. “What I believe about Spider-Man is that he does stand for everybody: black, white, Chinese, Malaysian, gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender. He will put himself in harm’s way for anyone. He is color blind. He’s blind to sexual orientation and that is what he has always represented to me. He represents the everyman but more importantly, maybe he represents the underdog and those marginalized, those who come up against great prejudice which I as a middle class straight white man don’t really understand so much.”
Garfield is already the second person to play Spider-Man on screen. As cinema evolves, he also wonders how the story of Peter Parker will evolves. “When Stan Lee first wrote and created this character, the outcast was the computer nerd, the science nerd, the guy that couldn’t get the girl. Those guys now run the world so how much of an outcast is that version of Peter Parker anymore. That’s my question. Just love for the underdog, protecting those that need protection, in terms of teenagers nowadays there’s a lot more horror stories you hear about young gay men and women not feeling accepted by society attempting suicide, committing suicide in some cases. Who else is there to stand up for them, equally to everyone else, but we’re all the same is my point.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2014.