It looks as if the original voice of Miles Morales from Disney XD’s animated series “Ultimate Spider-Man” is joining the cast of “Homecoming,” although it’s not known what role he will play. However, it’s unlikely that he will play the half-African American/half-Hispanic Spider-Man unless they deviate drastically from the comics. For one, Miles is several years younger than Peter Parker, and while actors and actresses worldwide are known to play characters outside of their age groups, it’d be pretty tough to convince people that the 32 year old Glover is younger than Tom Holland. Also, Miles’s character wasn’t even introduced until after the original Ultimate Spider-Man had already shuffled off this mortal coil.
Prior to Tom Holland being cast as Peter Parker for the MCU version of Spider-Man, a lot of fans were practically begging for Marvel to forgo Parker in favor of Miles Morales (while others reacted a little less favorably). And at the top of the list of actors to play him was Donald Glover, there were even petitions people were signing to try to get this done. But it was not to be. So, if he’s not playing Miles Morales, who could he be playing?
At this point, my wishful thinking is leading me towards Robbie Robertson, somebody that could take Peter Parker under his wing and shield him a little from J.Jonah Jameson’s constant yelling and cigar breath. Either way, the inclusion of the actor, after years of speculation and internet campaigning, is a nod to the fans and the production’s history.
Donald Glover might be best known for his role as Troy Barnes in “Community” and has since had significant appearances in “The Lazerus Effect,” “Magic Mike XXL” and “The Martian.” He can next be seen in the upcoming FX comedy series “Atlanta” which premiers later this summer. Some might also know him as Childish Gambino, one of the hottest hip-hop artists out today. If you haven’t heard any of his stuff, and you don’t have sensitive ears, I’d highly recommend checking his stuff out!
Donald Glover joins the ever-expanding cast of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” which swings into theaters July 7, 2017.