There’s many reasons to be excited for Spider-Man: Homecoming, especially with so many talented actors starring such as BAFTA-winner Tom Holland and Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.
But one actor who may have slipped under your radar is Donald Glover. Here’s the lowdown on the actor and what part we think he’ll play in Spider-Man Homecoming.
Primarily for his acting talent nowadays, Donald Glover actually made a name for himself through rap music. In fact, you might have already heard of him, but under the name Childish Gambino. Yes, that’s right, he’s one of those annoying people who is talented at both singing and an acting.
But that’s not all. Before he even became an actor, he landed a job as a writer for the television show 30 Rock, after David Milner and Tina Frey were impressed by some of his writing samples. During an "Ask me Anything" thread on Reddit, Glover confirmed that one of the samples he sent in was a script for The Simpsons. Matt Groening, hire him now!
A few years later, Glover landed a starring role on NBC’s sitcom Community as teenager Troy Barnes. With the sitcom gaining a cult following, Glover’s fame rapidly increased. Fans particularly loved his on-screen relationship with Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir, with their reoccurring jingle, "Troy and Abed in the Morning!"
Glover showed a great ability to make people laugh in over-the-top humour, while also being fully capable of acting in more serious stories. Sadly for us, Glover left the show in Season 5 after he signed on to star, write and produce in the new series Atlanta.
Talk about multi-talented! Atlanta debuted in 2016, and has already won a Golden Globe, while Glover also won one for his acting. To say this guy’s talented is a massive understatement.
Think Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first time Donald Glover has been linked to a Spidey film? Think again.
In 2010, a fan kicked up an internet storm after suggesting that Glover should get the role as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man. Many people seemed to agree, as the hashtag #donald4spiderman attracted a large following on Twitter. Eventually, the campaign to get Glover an audition to play the web crawler became so big that Stan Lee himself showed support.
However, as we all know, Andrew Garfield landed the role, and Glover wasn’t even invited to an audition. But this story does have a happy ending. After the emergence of Miles Morales in the comic books, an African-American version of Spider-Man, Glover was cast as the voice actor for the character in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.
Donald Glover has established himself as an award-winning actor and has flirted with Spider-Man more times than Mary Jane Watson.
Taking this into account, it’s pretty obvious why we’re happy to see Glover appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming. But it’s not just the presence of the talented actor that’s has us talking – it’s the nature of the role itself. Strangely, Donald Glover is one of the only actors in Homecoming whose role has yet to be confirmed.
With the actor being such a big hit recently, it’s unlikely to be an insignificant cameo. But why has there been the need for secrecy? We’ve got two options...
Option 1: Glover goes evil
Firstly, he could be playing a secret villain. Spider-Man films are well known for having multiple villains in one film, but so far only Vulture and Shocker have been confirmed. Perhaps another Harry Osborn?
While the character has been portrayed by white actors before, there’s no reason why Glover couldn’t play him, especially since we’ve seen the likes of the Human Torch being portrayed by both a white and black actor within the last ten years.
Or maybe it will be another Spider-Man villain that we have yet to see in a live-action film. It would surely be great to see Donald Glover playing a baddie for once.
Option 2: Miles Morales
Could Donald Glover be about to reprise his role as Miles Morales? Marvel films have previously given their heroes sidekicks with similar abilities. Think Iron Man’s Iron Patriot, Captain America’s Winter Solider and Ant Man’s Wasp.
Given this evidence, there’s no reason why we couldn’t have both Peter Parker and Miles Morales in Homecoming. That would also open up the possibility of Glover joining the cast for the Avengers: Infinity War movie, despite it already being arguably overcrowded with actors.
However, Glover might be a tad busy himself in the next few years with Season Two of Atlanta already commissioned and his casting as young Lando Calrissian in 2018's Han Solo movie.
Whoever Donald Glover plays in Spider-Man: Homecoming, we’re glad to see him getting the opportunities he deserves. The love affair between the Spider-Man franchise and Glover has been a long one, and it’s a victory for everyone to see the two finally come together this year.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is released on 17th July.
Ryan Jones is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.