For the past several years, ever since the casting of the first “Amazing Spider-Man” film, Donald Glover (“Community”) has been campaigning hard to be the man underneath the Spider-Man mask. He asked the important question, “If Spider-Man is supposed to be the everyman, why can’t he be me?” As Donald is a popular black actor, flying in the face of Peter Parker traditionally being a young white man, the question provoked a lot of thought as well as a viral campaign #Donald4SpiderMan and the result partially led to the creation of the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales, a half-black, half-hispanic young man.
Glover has joked for the past several years about the campaign and its influence on the world of comics. He even dressed up as Spider-Man in the introduction of an episode of “Community” as a funny nod to those following the campaign. With Andrew Garfield playing the character in the movies it looked like this brief joke was the closest that Donald Glover would ever get to wearing the famous red and blues.
But, the universe has a way of correcting itself. This season on Disney XD’s animated series “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” the show is featuring its own version of the upcoming “Spider-Verse” storyline. In this story, all of the different versions of Spider-Man are appearing in the television show’s featured universe, including Miles Morales. As fate would have it, Donald Glover was chosen to do the voice of Miles on the show.
So while this might not be Glover’s exact dream it comes strangely closer than perhaps any of us thought possible. Glover, in an interview with USA Today, says he’s still holding out hope:
“I’m still holding out, though… I still have hopes to do something like that one day. I don’t look at this as second place. Spider-Man, he’s such an icon — you have to do something with him.”
Here is a clip of Donald Glover as Miles Morales from the upcoming “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” show: