When Joe and Anthony Russo were making the runs to promote Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War two months ago, they mentioned no one at Marvel Studios could reveal any matters regarding the studio’s joint venture with Sony Pictures over the latest Spider-Man property. Ever since Tom Holland made his debut as Peter Parker in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, however, more talk has opened up about behind-the-scenes activity on the upcoming Spidey solo flick Spider-Man: Homecoming. These past four months have given us a slew of casting additions, from rising stars to current Hollywood A-listers, such as Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spotlight), Hannibal Buress (The Eric Andre Show) and Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks, Silicon Valley), among others, including Robert Downey, Jr., who will reprise his Tony Stark/Iron Man persona. One recent casting announcement, though, brought up a lot of eyebrows, since this actor already has a background in the world of Spider-Man- Donald Glover.
Glover, a Spider-Man fan himself, was speculated amongst the fan community as a prominent choice for Spider-Man for Sony’s 2012 reboot The Amazing Spider-Man. Some guessed he would play Miles Morales, while others wanted to see the first African-American take on Peter Parker. Neither of those were envisioned, however, as Andrew Garfield ultimately nabbed the role. In 2015, Glover ended up voicing Miles Morales in the animated series Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (The Spider-Verse: Part Three, Part Four). But that #DonaldForSpiderMan campaign seems to be picking up speed again, as Deadline now reports Glover will be appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Unfortunately, Deadline didn’t say who Glover could be playing, but people who have been following this situation for the past six years want to know, will Donald Glover finally be wearing those Spider-Man tights?
Since Peter Parker has already been cast, the first instinct for any Spider-Man die-hard in guessing Donald Glover’s mysterious role would be the character Miles Morales. But if you match Glover side-by-side with Miles Morales in the comics, it’s not a perfect fit. Marvel Studios has shown they are aiming for younger talent for this movie, especially when it comes to adults – alongside Holland, Marisa Tomei made her debut as Aunt May in Civil War, which was a distant portrayal from the older Aunt May in the comics and past Sony movies. What Marvel Studios could do is loosely adapt the Miles Morales character for Homecoming and adjust the character’s background to fit Glover’s age and the film’s story-line. However at this point, it’s hard to tell which direction they could actually take a character like Miles within the MCU since we still don’t know the story for Homecoming.
So let’s drop the Miles Morales idea for the moment. In speculating this, and in accordance to the way Marvel Studios operates, they must have cast him as a character that is integral to the story. Since Spider-Man and Iron Man are enough heroes for this movie, it’s more realistic to imagine Glover playing a character who does not have powers. But that is okay, because it also depends on the part his character will play in the story. Marvel Studios’ envisioning of Peter Parker is the first teen hero in their cinematic universe. Since this is a teen movie – taking after the movies of John Hughes – it would make sense for Peter Parker to have adults (regular, non-super adults) that inspire him to be good. After all, teen movies usually have a teacher-student connection. (Perfect example: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.)
If Peter Parker were to have a teacher-student friendship at school, it would more than likely be with a teacher who is younger rather than older. In fact, the 2014 story arc The Amazing Spider-Man: Learning To Crawl features a school counselor, named Mr. Flannigan, who meets with Peter after his grades have been flailing. He doesn’t know Peter is Spider-Man, but Peter utilizes Mr. Flannigan’s advice in his crime-fighting adventures. With the little knowledge we have of the Spidey solo flick, which pertains to exploring Peter’s life as a teenager, this envisioning of Donald Glover’s mysterious role seems like a good fit. Sure, it would be great to see Donald Glover wear the webs and don the Spider-Man mask, but it also has to be realistic. Even though his character won’t be a superhero, just displaying virtues of heroism and guidance would be satisfying enough.
Are you still hoping for a miracle that Glover is Miles? (Let’s be real, if Miles Morales is in this movie, it’s more than likely Abraham Attah is playing him – but that’s another story of its own.) What other character can you imagine Donald Glover playing? Let us know down below.