Donald Glover has finally received access into the spidey world! The actor, who famously campaigned to play Spider-Man in the Andrew Garfield era of Spider-Man, has been cast in a mystery role in the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
According to Deadline, Glover’s role is top secret, but many are thinking he might have his chance to play Spider-Man. While Tom Holland has the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, the role of Miles Morales is still up for grabs.
Miles Morales made his debut in the Marvel Universe in 2011. He is the first character of color to take on Spidey’s powers, which makes him Spider-Man, but one that is entirely different from Peter Parker’s Spider-Man. The character, who is 14 years old, was written by Brian Michael Bendis, and was inspired by the likeness of President Barack Obama and Donald Glover himself.
While people don’t know who Donald Glover will play, many are rooting that he’s given the role of Miles Morales.
It would break my heart if they eventually didn’t turn Donald Glover’s character into Miles Morales????
— David Steenson (@DeeSteenson14) June 14, 2016
Not sure what role is Donald Glover playing in the new Spiderman flick but let’s all hope it is Miles Morales!????
— Keyshenn (@ThyRealKeyShawn) June 14, 2016
HE BETTER BE MILES IDC IF HE’S TOO OLD TO BE MILES DONALD GLOVER BETTER BE MILES MORALES https://t.co/rvM2vxCy2v
— sorry but NSFR gina (@domesticavengrs) June 14, 2016
As stated, one of the big problems is that they’re casting younger for Spider-Man, and seeing how Miles Morales is 14 years old and Donald Glover is 32 years old, this could be problematic. They could get around this if they cast Miles older than Peter, but that wouldn’t make sense to who the character is. That said, Glover does voice Morales in the animated TV show Ultimate Spider-Man.
Another problem is that Miles Morales is an Afro-Latino as he’s both African American and Puerto Rican. By casting Glover, it would erase his Puerto Rican descent as the actor is African American.
As for what role he’s playing, some have speculated that he could play villain Eddie Brock (Venom). The role was played in the first Spider-Man series by Topher Grace.
— Tristan™ (@_grantgrant_) June 14, 2016
That said, writer Brian Michael Bendis had this to say about Glover as Miles Morales, while talking about the creation of the character.
“Donald Glover stood up and said, ‘I want to be Spider-Man.’ I was like, ‘I would like him to be Spider-Man. Very much.’ I said so publicly at the time, and that came and went. We got closer and closer and closer to working on it, and then they did that hilarious bit on Community at the beginning of last season where he got out of bed and was wearing Spider-Man pajamas, and he looked fantastic!”
— GeekNewsDesk (@GeekNewsDesk) May 28, 2016
As for Glover, back when he was promoting his movie Magic Mike XXL, he talked to the Today show about the Twitter campaign #donald4spiderman, and the buzz that surrounded it.
Before Holland was cast as Spider-Man, there were rumors that Glover had a chance at the role again. At the time, he said, “I can’t say I’m the next Spider-Man. I can’t say that either. I mean, it’s not out yet. There’s been talkings about it. I mean, I’d be honored to play it. It’s really not up to me.”
He continued, “I personally think I would be amazing, like ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.”
When Donald Glover signs on the dotted line, he will join cast members Tom Holland, Robert Downey, Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, and Zendaya.
In addition to his appearance in Spider-Man, Glover is debuting his own show on FX called Atlanta in September. The show is a comedy about two cousins with polarizing views on art vs commerce, their upbringing, and the Atlanta rap scene. Glover acts as star, creator, and writer of the show.
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