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There’s a mainstream taboo when it comes to superheroes. All of them play the same romantical tropes of mysterious boy meets precocious woman who then falls in love with him and has to juggle dealing with him constantly on the verge of death or him having time for her. All of them stick to a tradition of boy meets girl.

All of them.

Well, ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ actor Andrew Garfield would definitely like to explore the other side of that. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the latest man to dress up as the web slinger offered a counter idea for future Spider-Man flicks – a bisexual web crawler. “Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking,” Garfield explained to Entertainment Weekly. “So, why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

Um, because that would be breaking decades of mainstream comic tradition. It’s not that a superhero can’t be gay, there are plenty of them in the comics who shield secret relationships with their lovers. It’s that Spider-Man himself is based strictly around the parameters of his relationships. Aunt May, Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, all of them play heavy into the entire identity of Spider-Man.

The character has changed in the comics on numerous occasions and as of this writing the current Spider-Man in comics is Miles Morales, a teenager who is half Black/half Mexican. Just by having Jamie Foxx play Electro in the upcoming sequel to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is sort of shaking things up a bit. Flat out having Spidey be interested in boys and wondering why did Flash Thompson treat him like dirt all those years in high school would no doubt send shockwaves to not only comic fanboys but the world in general.

And Garfield’s choice for a male love interest to kind of skewer the entire Peter/MJ storyline that is decades old? Michael B. Jordan. Garfield said, “I’ve been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since The Wire. He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better – we would have interracial bi-sexuality!”

Talk about how many taboos THAT would be breaking.

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