September 9, 2015


Andrew Garfield on the Idea of a Pansexual Spider-Man: "Love is Love"

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Mike Pont/Getty Images

Conversation surrounding sexuality and gender continues to progress in pop culture, and we couldn't be more excited about it. From the brave words of heroes like Caitlyn Jenner and Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace to Miley CyrusLGBTQ charity to PVRIS' Lynn Gunn opening up about her sexuality just a few days ago, a forward-thinking narrative may soon become the norm...even in the most unexpected of places.

In an interview with Mic, Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield (who will be replaced by 19-year-old Tom Holland in the 2017 re-reboot) had some interesting things to say about his comic character's sexual orientation. "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," he told the website.

He continued:

"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...The beauty about Spider-Man, for me, is that he's covered head to toe. That's why everyone thinks it could be them in that suit. You don't see skin colour. 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."

Read more here, then flip through our list of awesome artists who refuse to conform to gender norms.