Here’s a fun fact most people don’t know about: actor Donald Glover (The Martian, The Lazarus Effect) was once a fan-favorite choice to play Spider-Man in a live-action movie (which obviously never happened) and that campaign inspired to comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis to create Miles Morales, an African American Spider-Man.
Glover, who was eventually cast in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, recently discussed this role, and how it came about in the first place.
“The Internet is a strange box. It was weird to see that full circle. I only did it because I thought it was a cool role. I’m never going to do something just because. I’d rather take a risk, at least right now when I can still do that. It’s just weird. The movie was fun to shoot. I’m glad I got the opportunity. You don’t want it to feel like some sort of affirmative action. This wasn’t that at all. I know the director, he’s doing a really good job and good ideas”
There has been no confirmation regarding Glover’s role yet, but it’s almost certain that he won’t be playing Miles Morales. In the comics, he is significantly younger than Peter Parker and having a 32-year-old Donald Glover play Miles while a 20-year-old Tom Holland plays Peter Parker just wouldn’t quite work out.
Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Bokeem Woodbine and Kenneth Choi.