Donald Glover Is (Finally) the Ultimate Spider-Man
After fans famously clamored for Donald Glover to play the classic Marvel superhero, the talented actor is finally getting his chance to be the ultimate Spider-Man.
Glover will voice the Ultimate Spiderman, Miles Morales, in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, premiering this Sunday on Disney XD. The cartoon Miles is very similar to the comic book version - a 13-year-old half-Hispanic, half-black boy who is still acclimating to his superhero status. "That's the great part about the Spider-Man costume: He can be anybody. Spider-Man could be a girl. Spider-Man could be an old man. You don't know," said Glover.
The young superhero then meets Peter Parker, who is dimension-hopping in an effort to thwart his nemesis, the Green Goblin. This union is especially heartwarming because, in Miles's universe, Parker was killed by the Green Goblin.
In 2010, when The Amazing Spider-Man was still in development, Glover and his fans embarked on a Twitter campaign to allow him to play Spider-Man in the reboot. The hashtag #donald4spiderman gained traction, with Spider-Man creator Stan Lee expressing his support for the idea. The role ultimately went to Andrew Garfield, but Miles was introduced to Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man comics in 2011, after writer Brian Michael Bendis saw Glover in Spider-Man pajamas for a gag on Community.
When asked why he loves the web-shooting hero so much, Glover explains: "Spider-Man is the best because you just don't know who he is, and he's funny, and he's poor. I understand him a lot on that level." And while he gets a kick out of voicing a character that he inspired, he's still holding out for that live-action role.