Heads up ladies, Spider-Man wants kids.
“I’d love to have a family,” said Andrew Garfield, the latest man to portray the web-slinging superhero. “I’d love to experience parenthood and fatherhood.”
“Obviously, I have an innate need to procreate,” the 30-year-old told reporters in Singapore on Friday.
Garfield and his co-stars Jamie Foxx and Emma Stone were in town to promote upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in conjunction with Earth Hour on 29 March.
The US-born, UK-raised actor also hinted that his desire to have children was a decision shaped by playing the Marvel Comics icon that is Spider-Man aka Peter Parker.
“I’m given an opportunity to speak to young people through this character… to make sure I can influence young people in the way I wanted to be when I was growing up,” said Garfield. “I do feel the weight of that very cool responsibility.”
But back to his family planning: women have to get in line, though, as the boyish heartthrob is currently dating Stone, who plays Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy in the film series. There was no word from the 25-year-old on her availability to procreate, but she did express equal ambition to encourage younger generations of specifically the fairer sex.
“I would like more scenes for women in movies, that don’t include a male,” said Stone. “In my life and in my work, I’m a huge proponent of women.” The American actress added that there were not enough strong female characters in film, but praised movies like The Hunger Games and Divergent for “shifting the paradigm” with their foregrounding of women.
Stone, however, has no intention of suiting up in any spandex costumes of her own. “I don’t have this driving urge to play a superhero. It would be fun for sure, but I try to use my words as my superpowers, so I’ve a different approach,” she said. “Physically I don’t have (the attributes), but I’d be happy to if the opportunity arose.”
Meanwhile, it was her beau who found himself on the receiving end of motivation that morning, in front of a crowd of over 1,000 Commonwealth Secondary School students in an Earth Hour-driven event.
“It was so cool seeing 15, 16-year-old kids talking about preserving the Earth,” Garfield enthused. “Really heartwarming, heart-lifting, and it inspired me. That was a great Singapore experience.”