Andrew Garfield is ready for a less heteronormative Spider-Man.
"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," Garfield said during an interview with Mic while discussing the leaked licensing agreement between Sony and Marvel regarding the film version of the character for "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its sequel.
"We're scared of things that aren't us," he added. "Love is love. Skin is skin. Flesh is flesh. We're all wrapped in the same thing. I have no preference."
The actor, who played Peter Parker in both films, was referring to documents from the Sony Pictures hack published by Gawker in June that listed the character's mandatory qualifications as "Caucasian and heterosexual," "not a homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual)."
"Spider-Man" co-creator Stan Lee defended the studio's requirement Spider-Man be a white, straight male, saying that there is no reason to change a character that has already been established. For his part, Garfield believes the hero can be anyone.
"The beauty about Spider-Man, for me, is that he's covered head to toe," he told Mic. "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."