There are two big questions facing the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this moment in time: Who will play Spider-Man? And...Will he be white? We may get those answers next week as Robert Downey Jr. teased an impending announcement from Marvel that promises to be epic in nature. While we wait for next Thursday to roll around, we do have some interesting comments from two actors currently rumored to be up for the role. The first is The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, who was actually eyed to play the character way back in 2011, before Andrew Garfield got cast as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man. The second is Donald Glover, whom fans rallied around as he campaigned for the role of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, too.
Josh Hutcherson doesn't claim to be up for the role of Peter Parker in the new Spider-Man. He does, however, say that he would love to take on the part. Speaking with Yahoo, he says all Marvel has to do is ask:
"Yeah, of course I'd think about doing it: It's Spider-Man, that'd be really cool. There's not been any conversations about that, but who knows what would happen?"
When it comes to Donald Glover taking on the role, the actor spins a more mysterious web of intrigue, hinting that he may be in talks despite earlier claiming that he was done campaigning for the role. Even though he wasn't cast the first time the idea of a reboot came around five years ago, Marvel eventually created the character Mile Morales based somewhat on the Community star, who has parlayed his talents into a career as a stand-up comedian and a hip hop artist. The actor once again took on the Spider-Man question while appearing on The Today Show. When asked if he's the new Peter Parker, he states:
"Am I? I can't say I'm the next Spider-Man. I can't [not say] that either. I mean, it's not out yet. There's been talkings about it. I'd be honored to play it, but it's really not up to me. I just want Spider-Man to be good. I think Spider-Man's one of my favorite characters. I personally think I would be amazing. Like the amazing Spider-Man."
That doesn't sound like he's quite done campaigning to be the next Spider-Man, does it. It's clear that he wants to keep his horse in this race. Though, its been reported that Sony and Marvel are looking for a teenager to play Peter Parker or Miles Morales. At 31 years-old, Donald Glover may simply be too old. Josh Hutcherson on the other hand is 22 years-old, so he may be better suited, though fans are used to seeing him post High School, which is where the new Spider-Man trilogy is said to take place. Other actors rumored for the role include Logan Lerman and Dylan O'Brien, who are both a year older than Josh Hutcherson at 23. And it should be noted that Donald Glover has somewhat accomplished his role of playing Spider-Man, as he voices Miles Morlaes on the animated Ultimate Spider-Man series.