A few years back, Donald Glover, a self-proclaimed Spider-Man fanatic, made headlines for launching a twitter campaign to get himself cast as Spider-Man in Sony’s reboot of the franchise. While that didn’t exactly pan out (the role went to Andrew Garfield), a new character was launched in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series named Miles Morales, a half-black, half-hispanic legacy hero, who took over the role of Spider-Man in that world after Peter Parker died.
And now, Glover gets his wish. He’ll be voicing Miles in Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors on Disney XD this season, as the Peter Parker of that world traverses through alternate worlds chasing the Green Goblin.
”I don’t think it’s hit me necessarily yet how big of a deal that is,” Glover told USA Today about Miles’ creation. “I admire anybody who allows themselves to be themselves. Especially a kid.”
Glover echoed his statements from a few years back, elaborating on what he loves about Spider-Man as a character, and how he approached the role.
"That's the great part about the Spider-Man costume: He can be anybody. 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.
”Spider-Man is the best because you just don’t know who he is, and he’s funny and he’s poor. I understand Spider-Man a lot on that level. He’s just trying to make it.”
Of course, Glover would still like to do the real thing, put on some tights and swing on screen. “I’m still holding out, though. 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.”