Will there be a gay Spider-Man in the near future? Tom Holland thinks it’s a possibility.
In speaking with Gay Times while promoting “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, the 23-year-old actor was asked about the chances of the web-slinger being gay.
“Yeah of course. I can’t talk about the future of the character because honestly I don’t know and it’s out of my hands. But I do know a lot about the future of Marvel, and they are going to be representing lots of different people in the next few years. The world isn’t as simple as a straight white guy. It doesn’t end there, and these films need to represent more than one type of person,” he told the publication.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe got a lot more diverse in Phase 3, particularly in “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther“, Phase 4 is expected to introduce even more diverse roles – including a major LGBTQ Marvel superhero in “The Eternals“.
Marvel’s Production Chief, Victoria Alonso, believes that it’s time to bust the door open. “The world is ready, the world is ready… Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person? Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail. If we don’t put pedal to the metal on the diversity and the inclusivity, we will not have continued success. Our determination is to have that for all of the people out there watching our movies.”
Having said that, Rachel Leishman from The Mary Sue pointed out that there is a double standard when a man makes a comment versus a woman. When Brie Larson commented about wanting Marvel to speed up on their LGBTQIA+ representation, she was ridiculed and criticised online. On the other hand, Holland has been praised.
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