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Tom Holland really wants there to be a gay Spider-Man one day

Josh Milton September 4, 2019
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Tom Holland holding a Spider-Man mask

Tom Holland attends the Spider-Man: Far From Home Seoul premiere. (Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)

Spider-Man: Far From Home actor Tom Holland has maintained that he does hope to see a gay version of Spider-Man on screen someday.

In a new video with GQ, the cover star for the Fall 2019 issue went undercover on social media to answer fan questions.

Logging into Twitter, Holland replied to one fan who pondered, “Didn’t Tom Holland say he wanted Spider-Man to be gay?”

“The question asked was, ‘Do you think there should be a gay Spider-Man?’ I think that would be a very progressive way to kind of create a new character,” Holland said.

“So, yeah, I think there should be one day.

“I hope that I get to share the screen with that person.”

Furthermore, the 23-year-old was asked by the The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine whether there could ever be a gay Spider-Man back in July.

When asked how soon, he said that the future of the character isn’t his to decide.

“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,” he elaborated.

Holland has often been a big supporter of greater, more diverse representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as other franchises.

Marvel is moving towards better representation.  

At times, critics have hounded the franchise for failing to represent the queer community, women and people of colour.

Marvel has made some progress, however sluggishly. Black Panther in 2018 was the first Marvel film to feature a mostly black cast.

While Captain Marvel, dropped a year later, was the first to be solely ed by a female actor.

Moreover, Spider-Man: Far From Home was the first Marvel film to cast a trans actor, Zack Barack.

Amid Holland and many fans asking for better LGBT+ representation, Marvel have gotten the gears in motion.

It was previously confirmed that Thor character Valkyrie – played by Tessa Thompson -will be queer in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.

In addition, 2020 film The Eternals is also set to star an openly gay character, but no actor has been confirmed.

In April, openly gay Marvel executive Victoria Alonso and casting director Sarah Halley Finn expressed their support for more diverse characters in Marvel films in an interview with Vulture.

“You’re gonna see even more new faces. And faces from all different background, all ages, all ethnicities, LGBTQ, people who are differently abled,” Finn said.

“We’re just determined to have it be how we do it,” Alonso confirmed.

“And if we do it, maybe somebody else will do it.

“I encourage every studio, every indie production company, every filmmaker out there to make an effort.”

Related topics: marvel, spider-man, Tom Holland

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