The website Salon recently produced a piece arguing that “America deserves better superheroes.” How would these superheroes be better? The Salon piece details the case of Spiderman, and argues that a bisexual Spiderman would be a better Spiderman. Marvel Studio’s Amazing Spiderman 2 just opened this weekend, and will bring even more money into the Marvel Studios coffers (now the Disney coffers since Disney bought Marvel Studios). Salon laments:
So, the chances of Peter Parker coming out in Amazing Spider-Man 3 are more or less nil. Hollywood is yet to produce a big-budget blockbuster with any kind of LGBT character in the lead role, never mind having an established hero come out after decades of heterosexuality.
That is, Marvel Studios will most likely listen to the voices (and wallets) of many moviegoers who would rather not see Spiderman, one of America’s favorite superheroes, getting some action with a dude onscreen. However, Andrew Garfield, currently playing Spiderman for Marvel Studios, wondered why Peter Parker couldn’t be bisexual in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
And 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?
Or Should Spiderman Stick with Just Plain Old Women?
While Andrew Garfield may have to struggle over if he needs a guy to supplement Emma Stone onscreen, it’s safe to say most men would go for one option over the other if they were starring in a superhero movie.
What do you think? Should Marvel Studios stick with straight leading superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America (both shown below)? Or should they decide to show Spiderman “exploring his sexuality” in the Amazing Spiderman 3?
Photo Credit: nik (Flickr) Top photo
Photo Credit: marvelousRoland (Creative Commons) Gay Men
Photo Credit: Michael G. Chan (Creative Commons) Kirsten Dunst
Photo Credit: Castles, Capes, and Clones (Creative Commons) Emma Stone
Photo Credit: Doug Kline (Creative Commons) Andrew Garfield
Photo Credit: Movie Mania (Creative Commons) Iron Man
Photo Credit: canburak (Creative Commons) Captain America
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