"Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield has a truly amazing idea: What if Spider-Man were gay?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming Spidey sequel, Garfield suggests that Spider-Man could easily be reinterpreted as a homosexual character.
"I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ," he tells EW of a conversation he had with producer Matt Tolmach about Spider-Man love interest Mary Jane. "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?"
If Spider-Man ends up going that route, Garfield has his MJ picked out: "Fruitvale Station" star Michael B. Jordan. "I've been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since 'The Wire,'" he gushes. "He's so charismatic and talented. It'd be even better -- we'd have interracial bisexuality!"
Garfield's suggestion adds an entirely new dimension to the recent news of Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane getting the boot from the franchise, a move director Marc Webb attributed to his decision to not introduce MJ until the third installment (though that doesn't explain why he's recasting the role).
It's more than unlikely that Garfield's musings will become boundary-breaking reality, but we love his fresh take on the Spider-Man universe.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings into theaters on May 2, 2014.