There was quite an uproar among Marvel fans when Tom Holland expressed openness to the idea of Marvel presenting a gay version of Spider-man.
Back in July, the Spider-Man: Far From Home star went on an interview with The Sunday Times where he was asked whether he'd be alright if Marvel revealed his web-swinging hero as a gay character. Holland didn't even skip a beat, saying that he would definitely be fine with Peter Parker being revealed as gay, though he couldn't really talk about what the future had in store for Spider-Man.
Now, Holland clarifies his comments.
GQ just recently wrote a detailed profile on the British actor, and as part of the media blitz, the publication decided to produce a video where they have Holland go undercover online to respond to fans questions on social media sites like Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube.
There, the Marvel star was asked to further elaborate on his comments about the possibility of a gay Spider-Man.
"The question asked was: ‘Do you think there should be a gay Spider-Man?'" Holland said, "I think that would be a very progressive way to kind of create a new character. So, yeah, I don't see — I think there should be one day, and I hope that I get to share the screen with that person."
Marvel has been making major strides in terms of inclusivity and representation. Sure, the Spider-Man agreement between Disney and Sony might have fallen through, but there are still areas where a gay version of Peter Parker is possible. Maybe we could see him in Marvel's What If animated series for Disney's upcoming streaming site, Disney+. Let's wait and see.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is expected to begin its digital release sometime in October.