Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but film studios would typically prefer if they were straight, white males. And now, an actor who's played Spider-Man is wondering why.

Andrew Garfield, who assumed the role of the web-slinger in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and a 2014 sequel, told Mic in an interview published yesterday (September 8) that there's no reason Peter Parker's sexuality should be limited to narrow terms.

Gawker reported in June that Sony Pictures sought a "Caucasian and heterosexual" Spider-Man, the site pointed out.

"Love is love. Skin is skin. Flesh is flesh. We're all wrapped in the same thing," Garfield told Mic, and said he hadn't been aware of the company's casting direction. "I have no preference."

Further, the mystery behind Spider-Man is half of the hero's appeal, and Garfield urged that forcing a label on him is unmasking the character where he doesn't need to be unmasked.

"The beauty about Spider-Man, for me, is that he's covered head to toe," Garfield said. "That's why everyone thinks it could be them in that suit. You don't see skin color. You don't see sexual orientation. You don't see how old the person is, gender, the whole thing. I celebrate that. Anyone can be a hero in their own lives."

"I'm excited to get to the point where we don't have to have this conversation, where we can have a pansexual Spider-Man," he added.

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