After a brief social media campaign back in 2009 for the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man, musician, comedian and actor Donald Glover is to come to Spidey after all.
Glover is to join the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming in a currently unspecified role. Known in the music industry as Childish Gambino, he becomes part of a cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Michael Keaton as an unspecified villain (rumoured to be the Vulture), Kenneth Choi as Peter’s high school principal and Zendaya as a character called Michelle. Glover joins Michael Barbieri, Laura Harrier and Tony Revolori in being confirmed as part of the film but not having their character announced.
Fan scuttlebutt abounds that Glover will play Miles Morales, a teenager who took up the mantle of Spider-Man in the Ultimate Marvel universe after the (supposed) death (again) of Peter Parker. While there’s been a fan campaign to see him in the role since 2009, it remains unlikely that such a move will take place this early in the current reboot of the Spider-Man continuity and its inclusion in the wider MCU. Right now, it just remains to be seen exactly what role Glover will be cast in, but you’ll know once we do.