Andrew Garfield: What if 'Spider-Man's' MJ were a boy?
July 11th, 2013
01:23 PM ET

Andrew Garfield: What if 'Spider-Man's' MJ were a boy?

With Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane officially cut from "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel, star Andrew Garfield has offered a casting suggestion.

Given that Mary Jane is called "MJ" by fans, Garfield pointed out that those initials could just as easily stand in for a male love interest.

“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” the 29-year-old Brit actor told Entertainment Weekly.

Garfield, a fan of the web-slinging hero who's prone to getting into such philosophical conversations, mentioned the possibility in the midst of a chat with producer Matt Tolmach.

“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!" he said. "So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

Garfield even knows the guy he'd pick to portray this new MJ: "Fruitvale Station's" Michael B. Jordan.

“I’ve been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since 'The Wire,'" Garfield said. "He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better - we’d have interracial bisexuality!”

It's a thought, considering that the MJ role is currently unassigned and we still have the third and fourth "Spider-Man" films to go.

The next installment, the MJ-free "Amazing Spider-Man 2," will open in theaters on May 2, 2014.

Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Spider-Man

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  1. jazzy

    Hell no. I don't have anything against it but I don't want to see it displayed all over the screen. Somethings need to stay private.

    July 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Assur

    Someone is into roleplaying.

    July 17, 2013 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |


    July 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. your 53 daze are musical friends and that whole crowd is under lock and key now--ROLLERS 5AM POO


    July 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Janine is under lock and key...we've started too do that now...anthony, the band all out


    July 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |

    poo all everywhere now...crawling all over your body, smelling everywhere, put pepper on your poo and use it as a conditioner for your the poo as a sandwich...yummie....

    July 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stan Lee

    ...because there is enough gay crap floating around already.

    July 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Equality

    Looks like a good Idea. It's about time someone thought up a new and inventive Idea.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. John Doe

    I'm gay, Peter Parker/Spiderman is not. This is a retarded article. MJ ie Mary Jane Watson is a woman. Every interest Peter has had has been women, this should not even be discussed.

    July 15, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dorothy

    Spiderman wasn't written as gay. I would think that even you would know the character. You are an idot actor.

    July 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bluedestiny

    Why? Because I'd tune out and not participate. It's one thing "to each their own", its another to suggest we'd be entertained by it. Not me.

    July 15, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |


    July 15, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. JudgeDB

    Why can't Spiderman be into boys? Maybe because that isn't how the creator wrote him to be? There are other superheroes who are gay. Why do people want to change existing ones who aren't?

    July 15, 2013 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Kita

      This. Why not work Northstar into the next X-Men film? Or Phyla and Moondragon into Guardians of the Galaxy?

      July 16, 2013 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Alvarez

    My underpants are filled with poop.

    July 14, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Who's Kelly


    July 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. George

    First they disappear the character of Gwen Stacy and her role in Spiderman's development, and now they want to axe Mary Jane as well. Make up your own superhero if you want to destroy something!

    July 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ferduran

    After what Marvel did with "Superior Spiderman" I completely stop to following the comic book, because that was the worse idea that I ever see on a comic. If they keep doing this kind of disasters with the plot they will destroy one of the best super heroes that exist.

    July 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Pen

    If Tom Cruise can play Jack Reacher, then anything is possible.

    July 13, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  19. Ugh

    This is why Andrew Garfield is an actor and not a screenwriter.

    July 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  20. The Actor

    Who is this actor he is so cute

    July 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Make sure you dish and skyp are set correctly


    July 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jesse

    Andrew Garfield played Spider-man? must have missed that movie oh yeah most everyone did, I guess that's why Tobey's Spider-man (all 3 of them) did better at the box office.

    July 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  23. anna

    Oh my God – how sick can you get????

    There is enought funny people in the world without adding childrens heros to them.

    July 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  24. hates marvel comics

    Marvel has already destroyed spider-man by having doctor octopus take over his body and killing peter parkers soul.

    What's left for them to destroy?

    Oh yeah, this.

    Make Mine DC Comics!

    July 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Snorlax

    Why do I suspect that Mr. Garfield will be coming out himself in the not so distant future...

    July 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. ZSpider

    Spiderman is not gay because that is not the way he swings.

    July 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Lola

    So stupid!!

    July 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. tjp44

    Sodom and Gomorrah

    July 12, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Moloch

      Both great cities to visit in the summer. The nightlife is outstanding. Guaranteed good times!

      July 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      You caught them too? It's ok, my doctor prescribed some pills and said it goes away in two weeks.

      July 13, 2013 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. James Bruin Jr

    To each his or her own imo it'd RUIN the movie & I DEFINITELY wouldn't go see it......

    July 12, 2013 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  30. Chris

    Hey Hollywood quit messing with established characters! If you do you will lose more money than you can ever imagine at the box office. Reboot doesn't mean Re-write. Two words Lone Ranger. The people going to see comic book movies want to see the character true to the comic not your interpretation of it.

    July 12, 2013 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  31. JD

    And "why can't be into boys?" ?!?!?! Because then Spiderman would be a paedofile.

    July 12, 2013 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      So everytime the word BOY is used (including when women use it) then it is referring to underage children? Wow YOU are obviously a sicko Pedo, not this actor. You got something on the mind?

      July 13, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • it will not go too prison...zeta has a disorder...she can't hear anything and is not a good christian example


      July 13, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  32. JD

    He can't be gay because the character (the comic book character) isn't written as gay. We can't have everyone in movies and tv be gay.

    July 12, 2013 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  33. Spidey-Man

    The day Spider-Man or Peter Parker kisses anther guy is the day I walk out of the movie. Peter Parker was never gay in the books and I don't think it ever crossed his mind to try it. If you want to play a gay Superhero use one of the gay ones already out there or make one up. Don't go messing with an established hero like Spider-Man. And before you start in on me... I'm a live and let live type of guy as long as noone gets hurt. But leave Spidey-Man/Peter Parker like he is.

    July 12, 2013 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  34. asdda

    YGBFSM this clown doesn't deserve to wear that tight Spiderman leotard. Oh wait...

    July 12, 2013 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  35. Wojo

    Well that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Spider-Man isn't gay. Why in the world would you bend the character to fit a lifestyle completely opposite his own given in the original source material? I'm going to pretend like I didn't read this.

    July 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Prometheus

    Spider-man isn't gay until Spider-man creator Stan Lee says he is gay/bi/whatever. I'm so tired of seeing this constant attempt to make over famous characters / super heros and suggesting they are gay. If you want a gay super hero just create a new hero and share your pride in that. Spider-man already has a long character history and it has never been suggested that "he likes boys."

    July 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      What is he going to be called PRIDEMAN? hahaha!!

      July 13, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Sorry too say

      it has not pride...that's why there is a que....hahahahahaha....we need too babysit her when you are not there.

      July 13, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  37. El SLOBBO44

    Vickie she is so clever isn't she....I hear u laughing from here.

    July 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |

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