Several years ago there was a public effort to get “Community” star Donald Glover cast as the webslinger in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” only for Andrew Garfield to ultimately score the role.
Though he lost, Marvel used him as the inspiration for Miles Morales – a 13-year-old, half-black, half-hispanic character who takes over for Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the comics. Said character is now coming to television during the third season of Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” series and Glover is set to voice him.
In the show, he team-ups with Peter Parker to stop Green Goblin from collecting the DNA of various Spider-Men spread across complex parallel dimensions. Glover spoke with USA Today about taking on the character:
“I don’t think it’s hit me necessarily yet how big of a deal that is, I’m very grateful for that, and it’s cool to read the comic now.
It’s a lot of pressure for a kid to be yourself and have all this responsibility. Miles is really brave, and that’s a cool attribute to have when you’re that young. I admire anybody who allows themselves to be themselves. Especially a kid.
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. So I just tried to be as me as possible, because you’re always just going to bring it back to yourself when you watch the show.
Spider-Man is the best because you just don’t know who he is, and he’s funny and he’s poor. I understand Spider-Man a lot on that level. He’s just trying to make it.”
Glover adds he still plans on playing the character in the flesh: “I still have hopes to do something like that one day. I don’t look at this as second place. Spider-Man, he’s such an icon – you have to do something with him.”