If you’re a fan of NBC’s freshman series “Community” or Derrick Comedy’s Mystery Team, you’ve probably been exposed to the talent of Donald Glover. The young actor and writer has a huge online following and his fans are petitioning for him to be considered for the coveted role of Peter Parker in Sony’s rebooted Spider-Man franchise. Yep, Spider-Man!
Last week, a list of 5 Peter Parker contenders surfaced that included Jamie Bell, Andrew Garfield, Josh Hutcherson, Alden Ehrenreich, and Frank Dillane. Not to take away from the talent of the young men but a minor backlash sprung up about their possible casting. Over on i09, Marc Bernardin wrote an article entitled, “The last thing Spider-Man should be is another white guy.” This sparked a debate about whether or not the old school look of Parker should be changed and if so who should play him? Enter Donald Glover.
In true Betty White fashion, a Facebook campaign has sprung up and its sole purpose is to get Glover into those tights! So far almost 5,000 people have become fans of the page and the actor himself responded to the hype on his Twitter stating, “Some people are mistaken. I don’t want to just be given the role. I want to be able to audition. I truly love Spider-Man.”
I’m down with shaking up the system but I think that making Spider-Man an African-American is easier said than done. He along with Superman and Batman are pretty much set in stone in terms of their look and appeal. This isn’t Nick Fury we’re talking about here. If enough people can rally together and make this happen I’d be more than interested in seeing the finished product but it’s a long shot. If you want it to happen, you’ve got to keep the dream alive.
What do you think of Donald Glover possibly playing Spider-Man?