After Community star Donald Glover campaigned years ago for Marvel to think differently about diversity amongst their top characters in an effort to suggest himself as a candidate to play Spider-Man for Sony Picture's The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, the character did get a change. Or more specifically, a new character named Miles Morales became Ultimate Spider-Man in Marvel Comics.
And Donald Glover did get his wish in a way, when he voiced Morales, a half-black, half-Latino hero, in the animated Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. Since expressing his interest in being the live-action Spider-Man and earning much fan support for the idea, Spider-Man was rebooted again on the big screen this year with the introduction of Tom Holland's Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War. But as we learned yesterday, Glover is joining the character's followup solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Launching Spider-Man at "home" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of course needed to begin with Peter Parker as it did in the comics, but as Tom Holland's Parker ages and that sub-franchise expands on its own under the Marvel-Sony partnership agreement, we could see Spider-Man become a veteran hero and eventually become a mentor to another - that's when someone likes Miles Morales could potentially takeover down the line as the Avengers roster continues to evolve forever. And Morales is rumored to potentially feature in Sony's upcoming animated Spider-Man movie.
So when Donald Glover's Spider-Man: Homecoming gig made headlines yesterday, the immediate thought was that he could play Miles Morales even if it doesn't fit (Glover is 12 years older than Holland). That doesn't mean we can't envision that possibility however, and that's what artist BossLogic is helping us do this week with this brand new fan art we're debuting on Screen Rant:
Early last year when Glover was asked about his continued interested in playing Spider-Man, the actor/comedian/musician said only that he - like all fans - simply wants Spider-Man to be great. This was during a time when reports and rumors pointed towards the possibility that The Amazing Spider-Man franchise was near dead and that Marvel and Sony Pictures would work together to get Spidey within the MCU (and it happened).
Now, Spider-Man is beloved again already from his brief stint in Civil War and his own movie features a star-studded cast including Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, and now, Glover.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. 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 Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.