It's time to pinch yourselves, Spider-Man fans: not only has the webslinger returned to the bosom of Marvel Studios, joining the Avengers universe in Captain America: Civil War, and now planning his rebirth in the MCU in his own solo film, but now, a long-awaited fan demand may have been answered - and a door to a new age in the Spider-Man univere could - could - have just been opened.
That's thanks to the news that Donald Glover (Community) has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Aside from proving his chops as a comedic and musical talent, Glover has remained the fan community's top choice for the casting of Miles Morales: the person chosen to succeed Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the "Ultimate" universe of Marvel Comics, whom fans have long been hoping to see take up the mantle on film.
The report comes courtesy of Deadline, who fail to offer any details as to the role Glover will be playing in Tom Holland's first foray under the signature Spidey mask. But given how synonymous the actor has become with the role of Miles Morales in terms of fan casting, it would be a truly puzzling move on Sony and Marvel's part to include him, but in a different role (puzzling, but not completely impossible).
Obviously, there is one major difference, should Marvel and Sony decide that the best move to get fans behind this new franchise is to not only pay tribute to Miles' introduction - itself a massive step forward in Marvel's push to represent more American faces and races - but cast the actor the fans supported most vocally. In the comics, Miles was only a child when he took up Peter Parker's role as Spider-Man... but it's hard to imagine some creative writing couldn't keep the spirit alive: Peter is experienced, first and foremost, where Miles was not.
So if age is the only hurdle in giving fans exactly what they want (and Holland received acclaim for his brief role in Civil War) is it really worth worrying over?
If Marvel does intend to grant Glover a superhero role in the MCU, it actually might make more sense than you might think. Peter Parker was a grown man when the title was handed to the young, inexperienced Miles. Since the MCU Spider-Man to be introduced in Homecoming is still a teenager, it doesn't make sense to hit the same demographic twice. And let's not forget: audiences who grew up on Spider-Man movies and cartoons might be more drawn to the idea of an older, everyday person being given the chance at superhero status. If nothing else, it would be different; something the newest incarnation of Spidey is sorely in need of.
There's also the planned animated Spider-Man movie coming from The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller - previously rumored to focus on Miles Morales, not Peter Parker - which would also get a boost with a talent like Glover leading the adventure (not to mention treading new ground in live-action/animation shared universes). That may just be wishful thinking, but with Michael Keaton as the villain, and now Glover on board, Spider-Man: Homecoming is covering its bases nicely.
We'll keep you posted as more details arrive, but what do you think? Have your Spider-Man hopes been answered, or are you keeping your expectations in check?
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.