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I've said it many times before and I'll say it again with pride: Tom Holland is perfect, and he's the perfect actor to play Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. He's proven it before, but over the course of his months-long press tour for Spider-Man: Far From Home (in theaters now), he's made fans go into adoration overtime.

His friendship slash rumored romance with costar Zendaya continues to fuel the fandom, as does that time he totally saved a young woman from a swarm of aggressive fanboys. He's just done it again in a new interview by actively voicing his desire to have more LGBTQ representation in Marvel movies — something we all know is long overdue.

The Sunday Times just asked Tom Holland if he'd be OK with Peter Parker being gay in his strand of Spider-Man movies.

His response? "Yeah, of course."

He continued, "I can't talk about the future of the character because honestly I don't know, and it's out of my hands. 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."

"The world isn't as simple as a straight white guy," he concluded.

"It doesn't end there, and these films need to represent more than one type of person."

In all reality, the likelihood of Holland's Peter Parker coming out as gay or dating another man is rather slim, seeing as the character has only just begun a blossoming romance with MJ, played by Zendaya, in Far From Home.

But hey, fans can dream, right? Holland's approval certainly makes it easier to do so.

How could you NOT have a crush on this guy?

photo: Marc Platt Productions

He's kind, charming, woke, AND he's Spider-Man? WHAT GIVES?

Honestly, Holland's openness to playing Peter Parker as gay comes as no surprise — he did launch his acting career by playing Billy Elliot in the West End in London. The character himself isn't gay, but is still perceived as such by other characters in the musical.

And Holland is totally right about Marvel needing to focus less on straight dudes — queer representation in the MCU is abysmal.

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As it currently stands, there is only one openly gay person in the entirety of the MCU — and he's a background character who is only in one scene of Avengers: Endgame, has just a couple lines, and can only be assumed queer because he discusses dating men.

Is it cool that Marvel addressed this character's queerness in a casual way and without judgment? Yeah! Is it enough? HA, no.

In 22 movies, there is not a single main character who accurately or openly represents an LGBTQ identity.

photo: The Walt Disney Company

And that's not due to lack of material, either. Marvel has a decent crop of LGBTQ comic book characters — some of whom are already in Marvel movies. Loki, for instance, is canonically pansexual in the Thor comics.

And no, Deadpool characters do not count — those movies are produced by 20th Century Fox and are not technically part of the MCU. 

Though Marvel's representation of varying identities isn't up to Holland at all, his willingness to call out his bosses on their lack of effort certainly helps.

And that's a standard all straight allies should live by. Witnessing injustices? Call 'em out. The world can't get much better for LGBTQ people if supportive straight folks aren't willing to put their two cents in when appropriate.

So come on, Marvel, GET IT TOGETHER. Make everyone gay for all I care — just do SOMETHING.

photo: Sony Pictures

We live in a day and age when there really aren't any valid excuses for content to have that many slim, fit, straight, white men — yes, even in comic books, which are dominated by those types of people. There are more identities and experiences that need/deserve screen time, and straight white guys have had their centuries in the limelight.

TLDR: Let Spider-Man be gay! Oh, and Tom? Call me.