The ever-expanding cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first standalone movie for the titular character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has just added another actor, who interestingly enough has a history with the web-slinging superhero.
Deadline is reporting that Community star Donald Glover is in negotiations to join the cast of the upcoming film in an unknown role. Not only did Glover voice Miles Morales/Spider-Man on Disney XD’s series Ultimate Spider-Man, but in 2010, when Sony was looking for actors to star in their Spider-Man reboot film, which eventually became 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, a grassroots Twitter campaign began where many of the performer’s fans and followers used #donald4spiderman to express their interest in seeing him take on the role. Despite support from Marvel creator Stan Lee, Glover was never given an audition, and the part went to The Social Network actor Andrew Garfield, who, in fact, earned positive reviews for his short-lived time as Spider-Man.
Glover was, however, an inspiration to comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis, who based the look of Miles Morales off of him after seeing him dressed as Spider-Man on Community.
Given the actor’s history with the character, it certainly makes sense that Marvel would cast him in the film although it’s worth mentioning that Glover most likely won’t be playing Morales in Homecoming. Having said that, there is a slew of other roles he’d be a great fit for, including J. Jonah Jameson and Hobie Brown. Few cast members outside of Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Marisa Tomei (Aunt May) have had their roles confirmed, so the size and importance of Glover’s part will be revealed, along with everyone else’s, in the future.
A multi-talented man, Glover is not only a fine actor but an esteemed writer, comedian and rapper, as he penned two episodes of NBC’s 30 Rock, released a comedy special entitled Donald Glover Weirdo and has been nominated for two Grammys under his stage name of Childish Gambino.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, which also stars Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Michael Barbieri, Kenneth Choi, Tony Revolori and Laura Harrier, is directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation). The 16th MCU movie will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.