Admittedly both Marvel and DC have been engaging in something of a slow battle over who can be the more LGBT friendly comic book company out there for a little while now. Well, by LGBT we really mean L and G because, apparently, B and T don’t exist in those universes yet. Still, at least the Spider-Man controversy has gotten some good jokes from Stan Lee and some people starting to talk about bisexual erasure in the comic book universes.
That is, we hope Lee is joking.
The 90-year-old Lee appeared at Fandomfest in Louisville, KY this past weekend when he addressed the recent controversy sparked by Amazing Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield. Recently, Garfield stated “I was like, ‘What if MJ [Spidey's love interest] is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality?”
Garfield later pulled back the comments at San Diego Comic-Con telling fans that “It would be illogical for me in the third movie to be kind of like, ‘You know what, I’m kind of attracted to guys’ That’s just not going to work. It’s clear.” Garfield also said “It was just a simple philosophical question about sexual orientation, prejudice.”
It was always a long shot anyway given the possible controversy that having Spider-Man be bisexual could cause globally.
Well, Stan Lee, who co-created Spider-Man, dismissed the idea basically joking saying “He’s becoming bisexual? Really? Who have you been talking to? I don’t know… seriously, I don’t know anything about that. And if it’s true, I’m going to make a couple of phone calls. I figure one sex is enough for anybody.”
In recent years, the number of mainstream lesbian and gay superheroes has grown. Batwoman recently came out as lesbian, and even proposed to her girlfriend. Green Lantern’s Alan Scott was also reinvented as gay. Both are DC Comics. In the Marvel-Verse, two of the male members of the X-Men married.
Neither DC nor Marvel appear to have any bisexual or transsexual superheroes.