First Dumbledore, now this!
An exchange of dialogue in “Amazing Spider-Man” issue 678 led some fans to speculate on the sexuality of a certain Spider-Man supporting cast member. When asked about it online, Slott confirmed that yes, the character is indeed gay.
Who is the alternative lifestyle supporting cast member?
To pull this mysterious person out of the closet, click on the “continue reading” link below..
The image is from “Amazing Spider-Man” issue 678, which was released yesterday. While reading it I glossed over the reference to Hector and assumed Max meant a business associate. I went online and was surprised to find people suspecting a romantic partner. Rereading the issue I found myself sharing those suspicions.
Dan Slott was asked if Max was gay on his Formspring page and had this to say,
Max is gay. This is just the first time we’ve mentioned it in the book.
He later followed up on it in another question,
We’ll meet his partner, Hector, soon enough. Max is openly gay, and (since he’s a celebrity) this is something that’s common knowledge in the Marvel U. It’s just not anything that’s been brought up in the book before.
I personally think this is how it should be done. A big deal wasn’t made to CNN, Fox News or USA Today. This is something that is largely under the radar if you aren’t a Spider-Man fan. The fact that he is gay is secondary to his personality. He is a scientist. He works at Horizon Labs. He is a friend/mentor to Peter Parker. He also happens to be gay. This is a stark contrast to characters like Bunker or Batwoman whose sexualitys were promoted over their actual characters. Modell was a new character and we’re still learning about him. The revelation of his sexuality was subtle and not a full page splash. It’s more real life and “as a matter of fact”.
But I’m just one man. What do the rest of you think?