Donald Glover is finally joining the Spider-Man cinematic universe.
Back in 2010 the rapper and Community actor became a fan favorite to play Peter Parker in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man. The #Donald4SpiderMan campaign got so huge that comic creator Stan Lee even supported Glover as a choice for the lead role. He may not have been able to play Spidey, but now Glover will finally get to appear in the Spider-Man cinematic universe.
The news that Marvel and Sony have reached a deal to integrate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been enthusiastically received by fans keen to see the webslinger interact with Marvel's Avengers heroes -- and to see Spider-Man characters and Marvel Universe characters mixed into the same great pot. Though Sony retains control of the Spidey franchise, a closer working relationship with Marvel may also help turn around Sony's lackluster performance on the Spider-Man movies.
But there is a downside to this new arrangement. Actor Andrew Garfield is reportedly out of the running in the lead role of Peter Parker. The Amazing Spider-Man movies had an abundance of flaws, but Garfield as Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy were the two things the movies did right. Garfield looked and acted the part, both physically inhabiting the role and bringing to life the charm, vulnerability, and energy of the character. It feels like he never got to make a Spider-Man movie equal to his talents. But if he can't have the job anymore, there is one other actor we'd like to see take his place, and that's Donald Glover.
"My name is Miles Morales, and I'm Spider-Man." With those words, Donald Glover takes his place among the ranks of official on-screen Spider-Men.
It's been known for a while now that Miles Morales, the Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man, would make his screen debut in an upcoming episode of the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, but only now do we know that the part will be voiced by actor and Spidey fan Donald Glover. It's a brilliant casting decision that we choose to interpret as the first step towards more Miles in other media, rather than an end in its own right.
If you're going by sheer number of costumes spotted at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Fionna and Cake (the gender-swapped versions of Adventure Time's Finn and Jake) are the single most popular characters ever created. If that's the case, then it's good that we're getting some brand new stories about 'em!
Not only is there a comic out from Boom! Studios by Fionna & Cake creator (and Adventure Time artist) Natasha Allegri, but on February 18, the characters return to television in an episode that features Donald Glover as Marshall Lee the Vampire King. Check out a clip featuring both songs andemotions below!
He may not have won his dream role of Spider-Man (yet, anyway; even if Andrew Garfield will be starring in feature films for the forseable future, there's always the possibility that a slightly older version of the Ultimate Universe's Miles Morales could team up with him), but that won't keep actor, comedian and musician Donald Glover from maintaining a presence in comics...
Well, given the recent proliferation of on-set photographs of someone who is not Donald Glover in a Spider-Man costume shooting a new Spider-Man movie, we're slowly resigning to the reality that Donald Glover probably isn't playing Spider-Man in a new Spider-Man movie...
"Community" star, rapper, writer and 1/3 of the "Derrick Comedy" trio Donald Glover could potentially add "superhero" to his resume in the near future - at least, if his fans have their say. After mentioning his affection for his friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, fans have struck up a campaign on Facebook and Twitter calling for the actor to land Sony's cinematic role - or at least get an audition...
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