"I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ. 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?" Andrew Garfield suggested Spider-Man's alter-ego could be gay to The Amazing Spider-Man's screenwriters and producers as they considered who to cast as his love interest Mary Jane Watson. The role eventually went to Shailene Woodley.