Andrew Garfield has loved Spider-Man since he was a little kid. He can speak eloquently and at length about how open the Spider-verse is for interpretation. Recently, he says, he had a philosophical discussion with producer Matt Tolmach about Mary Jane or “MJ” to fans. “I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” he tells EW. “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?” (Via.)
I have a detailed list that charts, in descending order and with a great number of footnotes, who's done the best job of playing Spider-Man, both with live-action and voicework. Garfield's right up at the top of that list (he jostles for the top spot with Neil Patrick Harris, to answer your burning question), and this makes me like him even more. Somebody who knows what's great about Spider-Man, knows how to play the character, and is open to seeing how that character can be explored in different ways? Yes. So far, this is the sort of thing that comics have been a little bit better about trying than comic book movies (far and away the best Spider-Man series right now is Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, which doesn't even star Peter Parker, and instead is about Miles Morales, who happens to be half black, half Puerto Rican, and 100 percent great); the longer this trend of superhero movies keeps going, though, the more I want to see those making them take the sort of chances—or at least consider taking the sort of chances—that Garfield's talking about.