With Captain America: Civil War, the MCU entered into a new era. Not only did it mark the beginning of a literal new era as the introduction to Phase 3, but it also saw the efforts of an unprecedented collaboration between studios, with Sony agreeing to let Marvel control the direction of Spider-Man, a character they’ve struggled with in recent years. For everything Civil War achieved, Tom Holland (Edge of Winter) swings into action for the first time, becoming almost symbolic of Marvel’s ongoing success in the comic book movie wars. With the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming now just a year away, fans are on the edge of their seat to find out more about the project.
Almost as soon as it was announced that Marvel would be taking the creative reigns on Spider-Man while sharing the profits with Sony, fans reignited calls for the next version of the Web-Crawler to be Miles Morales. Voiced by Donald Glover (Community) in the animated Ultimate Spider-Man, the calls first arose back in 2011, just as The Amazing Spider-Man was gearing up for production. Though the internet was unsuccessful in pushing Miles onto the big screen, Glover was still brought in to co-star in a secretive role.
The actor spoke to /Film recently about his work on Homecoming. In traditional Marvel fashion, Glover revealed very little about his involvement, going so far as to keep his role a secret, but he did offer some insight about the experience in general while sharing his excitement for the opportunity. Speaking on his role, Glover merely stated that, “I’m not allowed to say. Sworn to secrecy.”
While disappointing, that’s more or less par for the course for movies within the MCU. Marvel has proven themselves masters at keeping their secrets close to the chest for reveal at the right time. He did, however, speak highly about his crew, and the experience of being catapulted into a role on the backs of his adoring fans:
“It’s really great. I had a really great time on that set. Jon [Watts]’s doing a really good job as a director. It was really fun to be home.”
Being at home took on a sort of double meaning for Glover in this instance. On the one hand, it’s a reference to the fact that Homecoming is filming in Atlanta, where the actor currently resides while shooting his latest series, Atlanta. That made the decision to participate in the movie a no-brainer, however the actor was quick to point out that was in no way deal breaker:
“If they were shooting in Colorado I probably still would’ve gone. But it being in Atlanta was kind of like icing on the cake. It was nice.”
On the other hand, however, Glover has made no secret about his love for the Spider-Man universe and character. Figuratively, the actor was at home on the set, enjoying the experience of taking part in the movie both as a professional and as a fan. To that, Glover acknowledged the efforts of his numerous fans, whom he thanks for their support:
“It was kind of an accident. I really wasn’t out there trying to do that. I feel like the internet kinda just did that but it was cool because now I get to see from the inside a lot of that stuff, which is all you can ask for as a fan of something.”
Even without revealing specifics about the movie or his role, it’s good to hear that the actor enjoyed taking part in the project. The secrecy surrounding his role is, in itself, also intriguing, and many are speculating that his might be more than it seems on the surface. What secrets are Marvel trying to keep hidden? Will we be in for a mega-surprise when Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters next summer? It’s certainly possible.
The Spider-Man universe offers plenty of characters for Marvel to play around with as they merge the previously disparate properties. We’re sure to know more about his role and the movie itself as the months wear on, and we’ll keep you posted on any and all developments.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.