Spider-Man fans have celebrated the removal of a "homophobic" line from the 2002 film.
The Sam Raimi directed film aired on ITV2 on 23 April and starred Tobey Maguire as the iconic character.
The scene in question occurs early on in the film when Peter Parker, who has just discovered his powers, enters a wrestling competition in an attempt to win some money.
During a match, Spider-Man insults another wrestler by saying: "That’s a cute outfit. Did your husband give it to you?"
THEY REMOVED PETER PARKER'S HOMOPHOBIA pic.twitter.com/QmbFabVpc7
— PaperPlane (@PaperPlaneTF) April 23, 2022
In the broadcast of the film aired by ITV, the line was shortened to: "That's a cute outfit."
Spider-Man fans praised ITV for enacting the change as many saw the line as homophobic.
One fan wrote on Twitter: "British TV network ITV removed the vaguely homophobic line Spider-Man says to Bonesaw in the first Raimi film. And nothing of value was lost."
Another fan also wrote on social media: "They removed Peter Parker's homophobia."
While some said that the joke didn't work in its shortened format, one fan retorted: "When the punchline is gay marriage it’s not really a good punchline."
Another also called it a case of "adapting with the times".
Maguire played the first live-action version of Spider-Man in three films released between 2002 and 2007. Andrew Garfield then took on the role in two films before the character was implemented into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Tom Holland playing the character.
Maguire and Garfield returned to their roles in Spider-Man: No Way Home that brought multiple characters from the various Spider-Man films into one movie.
Also returning was Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus and Jamie Foxx as Electro.
The return of Maguire and Garfield was well-received by fans and the film as a whole was praised for its "heart" and "emotional beats".
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