Way back in 2010, when Sony Pictures was rebooting their Spider-Man franchise, a grassroots fan campaign sprung up for Community star Donald Glover to play the Miles Morales version of the web slinger, which the actor himself embraced. Despite a strong campaign, the studio eventually went with Andrew Garfield, who starred in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now, of course, Sony is rebooting the character once more, and, while promoting his new thriller The Lazarus Effect, in theaters February 27, Donald Glover was asked if he planned on campaigning for the role once again. Unfortunately for Donald Glover fans, the actor said he would still be honored to play Spider-Man, but it isn't something he will actively pursue.
"Of course, I would always be honored to play Spider-Man. It's Spider-Man. But I just want the Spider-Man movie to be dope, that's all I want. I'm leaving it to them. Campaigning's part of life, but for me, I've got a lot of stuff that I'm really excited about, and dropping it all. Of course it'd be an honor. But it's fine, if it comes, if not."
The actor will be voicing Miles Morales, who, in the comic books eventually took over the Spider-Man mantle, in the animated TV series Ultimate Spider-Man. When asked if that could be a "stepping stone" to playing the character in a live-action movie, the actor had this to say.
"It was definitely fun doing it, but I'm playing a kid. The guy who is actually doing the actual Spider-Man (in the show) is younger than me, so it's a different kind of feel. I couldn't do that in the movie, definitely, but it's fun to see Spider-Man like that."
When asked, if he were to play Spider-Man, how he would make the role different, the actor had this to say.
"The thing I liked about Spider-Man the most is he felt misunderstood. That's what always drew me to Spider-Man, that I always dealt with."
Do you think Donald Glover should play the new Spider-Man? The character will be first introduced in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War next year, before getting his own Spider-Man adventure, which hits theaters in November 2017. Chime in with your thoughts, and take a look at Donald Glover's video interview below.