Remember the "Donald Glover For Spider-Man" campaign that inspired all kinds of fanboy outrage in late 2010?
Glover eventually addressed the kerfuffle, stating that it really all started as a joke – a joke that got very serious – and he never meant to stir things up.
And I’m sure to the happiness of Spidey fanboys all over the world, Glover wasn’t cast as Spider-Man after all.
Although, 2 years later, in 2012, Glover revealed that, actually, while he isn’t going to be playing Spider-Man on the big or small screens, he would feature in that universe somehow, although he wasn’t forthcoming with info on what exactly that meant.
Maybe today’s news that the rapper/actor will give voice to Miles Morales – the black Spidey, first unveiled in 2011 – during the new season of
In the episode, Morales is still getting used to being a superhero when he meets the dimension-hopping Peter Parker, who’s on the hunt for the
"He meets someone who is his hero, and that comes across completely in Donald’s performance," says Stephen Wacker, vice president of
"That’s the great part about the Spider-Man costume: He can be anybody," Glover adds. "Spider-Man could be a girl. Spider-Man could be an old man. You don’t know. So I just tried to be as me as possible, because you’re always just going to bring it back to yourself when you watch the show."
And might this voice-casting lead to a live-action casting of Glover as Morales in a film or TV adaptation of Spidey with Miles at the center? Says Glover: "I still have hopes to do something like that one day. I don’t look at this as second place. Spider-Man, he’s such an icon — you have to do something with him."
The season of "Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors," premieres this Sunday (9 am ET/PT), and the "Spider-Verse" arc of episodes airs next year.
Watch a preview, featuring both Peter Parker and Miles Morales as voiced by Glover (courtesy of USA Today):