Donald Glover, best known for playing college student Troy Barnes on “Community”, will finally get to play the favorite web-head superhero he and his fans campaigned for him to portray in a live-action movie four years ago. But, it will be in animated form, at least for now.
Marvel.com released a 1 minute and 18 second clip Tuesday of the 30-year-old actor (who is also a rapper, comedian, singer, writer and record producer) voicing half-black, half-Hispanic teenager Miles Morales, who operates as Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate comic book universe (Earth-1610).
The episode, which will air in the third season of Disney XD’s animated series “Ultimate Spider-Man”, will be shown next year during the “Spider-Verse” story arc episodes. The new season, which has been renamed “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors”, premieres Sunday at 8 a.m. Central Time.
It's been three years since Marvel announced that Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man would be killed in action and that Miles Morales would take over as Spider-Man. Ironically, (or maybe it wasn't), Morales first appearance was in issue #4 of a comic book entitled, "Ultimate Fallout."
There was such an uproar and some so-called comic book fans got down-right nasty about there being a Spider-Man who was not white.
It didn't matter that the storyline wasn't taking place in the ever-fluctuating main Marvel continuity (Earth-616), but in the "Ultimate" (Earth-1610) continuity.
The character received his own comic book in the relaunched “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man”, which ran for 28 issues and ended in October. He can now be found in a new Marvel comic book, “Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man” and as a main character in “All-New Ultimates”.
The character was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. Bendis and Axel Alonso, the current Marvel editor-in chief, originally conceived of the character before President Barack Obama was elected in November 2008, Alonso said in a 2011 interview with LatinRapper.com. Bendis later told USA Today that after seeing Glover in Spider-Man pajamas during “Anthropology 101”, the 2010 season two premiere episode of “Community”, he felt he was on the right track to creating a great character.
"He looked fantastic!" Bendis told USA Today. "I saw him in the costume and thought, 'I would like to read that book.' So I was glad I was writing that book."
Glover’s appearance in the Spider-Man pajamas was a nod at the Twitter campaign Glover and his fans were spreading word about for him to play Spider-Man in a live-action movie. Even Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man (and many other major Marvel Comics characters), was all for Glover auditioning for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the 2012 “The Amazing Spider-Man” movie. The role ultimately went to Andrew Garfield.
Even though Garfield got the part, Glover told USA Today, "I still have hopes to do something like that one day. I don't look at this (voicing Miles Morales) as second place. Spider-Man, he's such an icon — you have to do something with him."