How Donald Glover wound up in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ and what it might mean for an inclusive future
A long time ago on the Internet – seven years, to be exact – Donald Glover was viral on social media campaigning to play Spider-Man.
His fans clamored for the “Community” star to wear the iconic web-slinger outfit as the first Spider-Man of color, demanding the inclusion in the business of superhero productions. Glover even joined the campaign, helping the hashtag trend # Donald4Spiderman on Twitter.
Unfortunately, he did not receive the call from Sony. (Andrew Garfield got the role, only to be restarted from Spider-Man’s spandex after two films.)
In Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” animated series, he portrayed Miles Morales, half-naked and half-black teenager Spidey, introduced in 2011 in comics as a character Peter Parker knows as he jumps across alternate universes.
But fans never forgot the # Donald4Spiderman promise. And the director of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Jon Watts was one of those fans.
The filmmaker is married to former talent agent Dianne McGunigle, who replaced Glover in CAA before becoming the actor, producer and director of rapper and currently executive producer with Glover on his award-winning FX series “Atlanta.”
So when Glover’s Spider-Man campaign was in full swing in the summer of 2010, Watts was very conscious. “I’ve known Donald for a long time, so when it all went down, he was right in the middle of it,” he told The Times.
And when he scored the Spider-Man: Homecoming concert, he led the base campaign directly to his Sony and Marvel bosses on the set of “Captain America: Civil War,” where he had come to see his new Peter Parker, Tom Holland, filmed his introductory cameo in Marvel’s cinematic universe.
“One of the first things I said to Kevin [Feige] when I got the job was, ‘We have to put Donald Glover in this movie. I do not know who he’s going to be, or what he’s going to do, but we have to figure out a way “Watts said.
Watts, one of six writers credited in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” led Glover to a small but memorable role in his independent high school adventure that will have fans cheering for Miles Morales.
The star of “Atlanta” appears in the film of Sony and Marvel like Aaron Davis, a man of Queens involved in a agreement of high technology weapons with the followers of the supervillano of Michael Keaton, Vulture. Later he shares another scene, giving advice and information to the nasty Peter Parker of Holland.
The name of his character is another nod to comics – and a crucial one for fans of the Ultimate Spider-Man story. In the alternative universe of comics Aaron Davis is a career criminal known as the marauder whose young nephew, Miles Morales, is bitten by a spider and becomes the new Spider-Man.
Watts and Co. designed the Glover cameo as a surprise gift for fans. “It was fun to find those ideas and talk to Donald about it,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen in a movie like this.”
And because Glover’s Davis drops an Easter egg reference to his “nephew” in one of his scenes, it also opens the door to promising possibilities for fans who continue clamoring to see a more inclusive Spidey in the franchise of the Marvel superproduction.
The character, although he came from one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City, still looks like Tobey Maguire, or Andrew Garfield, or Tom Holland in the movies.
We already know that Morales will be the central character of Sony Animation’s next untitled Spider-Man project, which was written and produced by “Lego Movie” duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, due to be released in 2018. ” Dope “and” The Get Down “star Shameik Moore will be the voice of the character.