CBMB: Donald Glover Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming!!!
By Muuka Muyumba
I know its ‘thwip’ but in this case its ‘twist’! Community actor and hip hop star Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is joining Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. The role is said to be a serious secret right now. Glover is currently getting ready to debut his eagerly-awaited new bio-comedy-series called Atlanta on FX this summer.
Glover is another stellar addition to an outstanding cast of players, but also a signal of how much Marvel pays attention to its fans. Back in 2012 while Sony was working to recast the new Spider-Man for Marc Webb’s version of the hero, a vocal grassroots fan campaign emerged wanting Glover to star in the color-blind role of Peter Parker. The role ultimately went to Andrew Garfield, but the initial enthusiasm and racist backlash to the campaign inspired Brian Michael Bendis to create a new version of Spider-Man in a young African-American-Dominican kid named Miles Morales. The character’s popularity was so strong that he has gone on to be featured in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon as voiced by Glover back in 2014, and is rumored to be the hero in an upcoming animated Spider-Man feature from Sony set for 2018.
As Marvel had no control over the character at the time in the films, Marvel president Kevin Feige could only comment on how cool the campaign had been, and that Miles’s creation was certainly something he had noticed. So, when Sony and Marvel made their deal early in 2014 to be Spider-Man in the MCU, many were wondering aloud whether we would see Miles or Peter or a color-blind casting of Spider-Man. Feige was pretty adamant that he wanted to get Spider-Man ‘right’ first before moving into the Miles territory.
Well, the role went to Tom Holland is starring as Peter Parker/Spider-Man who burst onto the scene in Captain America: Civil War. Holland, as many have said, is the most accurate portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man we’ve seen yet as Homecoming is said to take the character back to his high-school roots.
Marvel has been working hard to cast a diverse mix for Spider-Man’s friends that would be reflective of a teenager from Queens with additions like Tony Revolori, and Laura Harrier as well as Zendaya in a major role. Michael Keaton will reportedly play the main villain while Marisa Tomei returns as Aunt May, along with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Recently, a new addition to the cast was announced in Kenneth Choi who would be returning to the MCU after debuting in Captain America: The First Avenger as James “Jim” Morita.
Amy Pascal and Feige are producing the project that has Jon Watts in directing a script from writing team Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. The film hits theaters on July 7, 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter