Today it was revealed by The Hollywood Reporter that Donald Glover (The Martian, Community) was “in talks” to join Sony’s third attempt at a franchise with the character. And they also seemed bold enough to just simply outright state that he had joined the cast. So that’s what we at CLASH are doing.
Glover was a fan favorite for the role in 2012 when it was announced that Sony would be rebooting the franchise with Marc Webb at the helm. That role ultimately went to Andrew Garfield, who captured the wittiness of the character but always seemed ‘too cool’ to be a believable Peter Parker.
This move reeks of predictable Sony pandering. Too cowardly to nix their racist policy and make Spider-Man black, but still wanting to appear “progressive” and be well liked. That being said, I like Donald Glover and he is certainly a welcome addition to the already stellar cast featuring Michael Keaton as The Vulture and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man… and, you know, Tom Holland as the titular character.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens nationwide July 7, 2017.
Jayme Karales is the author of DISORDERLY, the director of WIZARD, and the producer of TRUANT. His work has been published by Thought Catalog, The Rebel, Underground Books, and many others.