Donald Glover is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures' upcoming reboot for the webslinger set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Hollywood Reporter reports that his role is currently being kept a secret, but it's big news for fans who've followed Glover circling Spider-Man-related projects over the last several years.
Glover certainly went down a circuitous path to join this film. When news emerged in 2010 that Sony intended on rebooting the Spider-Man franchise after the failure of Spider-Man 3, fans started a campaign to have him star as Peter Parker in the new film. Even though the role eventually went to Andrew Garfield, the response was so great that Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis, who was already on the path to creating a black wallcrawler after the 2008 election, went on to introduce Miles Morales in 2011.
'Spider-Man: Homecoming' is becoming more diverse
Morales would eventually become one of Marvel's most popular new characters, and Glover even voiced him on the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man. However, the studio faced a backlash after opting to cast another white actor as Peter Parker in the new slate of films. Marvel seems to be doing its level best to please observers looking for diversity in the film. In addition to Tom Holland, who was just introduced as Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, such young actors of color as Zendaya, Tony Revolori, and Laura Harrier have all joined the film. Whatever his role may be, fans have every reason to be excited about his being in the movie. Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7th, 2017.