As The Amazing Spider-Man was first being cast, comedian, rapper and Community star Donald Glover made waves when it was rumored he was up for the part of Peter Parker, solely because he was an African-American. While we are now seeing actors like Michael B. Jordan cast in superhero movies where the character is of a different creed or color than on the comic book page, that doesn't mean all fans are okay with it. The biggest argument is that it changes who the character originated as. The team behind The Amazing Spider-Man is looking to subvert that by having half black, half Hispanic Miles Morales take the torch and carry on as the web-slinger instead of simply casting someone of a different race as Peter Parker.
Star Andrew Garfield didn't shy away from the Donald Glover controversy, and has often talked about wanting someone of a different race to next take on the character. Now, on the eve of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening in the U.S., the actor is championing Miles Morales as the heir to the Spider-Man fortune.
Neither Andrew Garfield nor Marc Webb are set to return for The Amazing Spider-Man 4. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 could be their last movie together, and its quite possible that, like in the Ultimate Comics series, Peter Parker could die at the end of the next sequel, with Miles Morales taking over for the iconic Marvel superhero.
Andrew Garfield spoke about this while out promoting the latest chapter in the Peter Parker saga.
"I have given that thought. I think one of the amazing things about Spider-Man is that you don't see skin color when he's in the suit. You don't see any religious beliefs. You don't see any denominations. Everyone can project themselves into that suit. It's incredibly powerful in that way. So of course I think it's important that the openness, the casting, in terms of who could be Spider-Man, could be absolutely anyone. A hero is a hero, whether you're a man, woman, gay, lesbian, straight, black, white or red all over - it doesn't matter.
Miles Morales was a huge moment in this character's comic book life. And I do believe that we can do that. It's something I'm really interested in figuring out; an eloquent way of coexisting, or passing on the torch. I don't have an answer, but I think it's actually a really important move. I think it's a really beautiful and important move."
The actor also talked about not wanting to age out of the character.
"I want it to feel like a circle. I want the two ends to join, somehow. I don't know what that means, yet. I don't know what that means in terms of the quantity of Spider-Man movies I do. But I know that I don't particularly want to be a 40-year-old Spider-Man. [Laughs] I do know that time is fleeting."
Miles Morales was a 13-year-old who was also bitten by a genetically altered spider. It's a storyline that makes sense in the whole Osborn arc of this rebooted franchise. He has most of Peter Parker's powers, but he can also paralyze people with an 'electric venom strike'. He first appeared in the Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man line in 2011 to take over after Peter's death, and his creation was inspired by both Barack Obama and Donald Glover
Will Sony consider rebooting the franchise after only 3 films? If so, this would clearly be the way to go, as fans won't be ready to see a new Peter Parker as early as 2018, when The Amazing Spider-Man 4 is scheduled to hit theaters. The ironic part of the story is that while the Donald Glover controversy helped provide inspiration for the creation of Miles Morales, if the character does make his way to the big screen, Glover is now too old to play him.