We always saw a little homoerotic subtext between Spider-Man and his nemesis Venom.
Peter Parker, the web-slinging hero, and Eddie Brock, the symbiote villain, clashed in a recent comic.
But it was a little bit more gay than the standard punch-up.
In Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #2, the titular character is telling stories about superheroes he knows.
When it comes to Spider-Man, the Cosmic Ghost Rider recounts a tale of the wall-crawler battling Venom.
‘You want me? Then take me! I’m yours!’ Spider-Man says.
He adds: ‘You wanted to be part of me! Well, now I want you! Come and get me!’
Venom then responds: ‘Nooooo! I’m going to pound you so hard for this, Spider-Man!’
It’s not just the reader that sees the homoerotic nature of this conversation.
A fisherman yells out: ‘REALLY?! Are you hearing yourselves?’
Stay out of it, fisherman!
Bleeding Cool said: ‘Marvel needs to greenlight a Spider-Man/Venom erotic ongoing series immediately, since this is, unfortunately, all we get, at least in the preview. What a tease!’
The comic was written by Paul Scheer, with art by Nick Giovannetti.
This is not the first homoerotic moment Peter Parker has had.
In his friendship with Deadpool, the pansexual antihero is often seen flirting with Spider-Man in and out of costume.
Fans were quick to share the still of Spider-Man and Venom together.
Is this comic of Spider-Man and Venom ‘queerbaiting’ the LGBTI fandom?
Some accused Marvel of ‘queerbaiting’ the LGBTI fandom.
The idea of queerbaiting is implying straight characters are gay, and nothing ever coming of it.
‘Definitely bait but I’m in the minority that actually loves gay bait,’ one reader said.
‘Something about the “subtext” (although in this example it’s not exactly subtle) is kinda sexy. The secret of it or something.’
But others said it wasn’t gaybaiting or queerbaiting.
‘I don’t think this is in the realm of gaybaiting. It’s self-aware – the implied homosexuality is immediately called out by an observer, highlighting the fact it’s a joke,’ another reader said.
‘This doesn’t attract gay fans, nor does it try to – instead it’s a crack at the superhero genre in general, and a joke over the fact the terminology used to describe physical violence has a large overlap with sexually explicit statements.’
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #2 is out now.