When news broke that Donald Glover had been cast in the upcoming Marvel Studios and Sony co-produced Spider-Man movie, now known as Spider-Man: Homecoming, the internet exploded with rumours due to a reference of a fan created Twitter campaign that pitched Donald Glover to take on the role of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, a role that eventually went to Andrew Garfield. Most people believe that campaign encouraged the creation of Miles Morales in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics. A successor spider-man of mixed ethnicity.
Despite a chorus of demanding fans hoping he will play Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he probably won’t be putting on any red and black spandex in this role. Glover may only have a small cameo as a nod to fans but here are five Spider-Man characters Donald Glover could play.
The nephew of Daily Bugle reporter, Ben Urich who has already appeared in the MCU in Daredevil season 1 played by Vondie Curtis-Hall. This could be a fun nod to the Marvel Netflix series. In the comics Phil took up the role as the villain, Hobgoblin after a stint as a heroic version of the Green Goblin.
Joe ‘Robbie’ Robertson
J. Jonah Jameson’s right hand man at the Daily Bugle, Robbie Robertson featured heavily in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and has been a supporting Spider-Man character since the 1960s. Robertson has always been portrayed as a fan and supporter of Spider-Man, opposing Jameson’s hate of the web-head himself.
Also known as Phineas Mason in the comic books, the Tinkerer is a super-genius turned armourer for super-villains and criminals. Unseen as yet in any Spider-Man films, the Tinkerer could be recurring force and a doorway to even more characters as the source of tech and powers for some of Spidey’s greatest foes.
A private investigator initially hired by J. Jonah Jameson to track Spider-Man and reveal his secret identity. Mac eventually became the superpowered Scorpion and the 3rd host of the Venom symbiote. This could be a recurring role, with Mac evolving from annoyance to full villain over a number of films.
Dr. Curt Connors
Peter Parker had a long-term friendship with scientist Curt Connors. Connors took on a mentor role for the super-intelligent Parker and inadvertently helped Spider-Man with many of his enemies. Curt Connors eventually evolved into the Lizard, one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains. Spider-Man: Homecoming could feature a younger iteration early in his own career much like Spider-Man.
Who do you think Donald Glover could be playing in Spider-Man: Homecoming?