You might recall an enthusiastic push from fans prior to the casting of Andrew Garfield as The Amazing Spider-Man to give the role to Community co-star Donald Glover. You might even remember Glover egging that campaign on, and wearing Spider-Man pajamas in the second season premiere of Community. True, Glover didn’t get the part, but when the nerd gods close a door, they also open a window. And with that, we get the news that Glover has been cast to give voice to Ultimate universe Spidey Miles Morales in the new season of the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. (The series is being re-named for its third season.)
The news from USA Today includes comments from those involved with the show, Glover himself and Morales’ creator Brian Michael Bendis, who apparently took note of the social media campaign to make Glover Spider-Man when casting Miles. “I don’t think it’s hit me necessarily yet how big of a deal that is,” said Glover of the chance to give voice to Spider-Man. “I’m very grateful for that, and it’s cool to read the comic now.”
In the series, the Spider-Men meet when the Green Goblin hops dimensions with Peter Parker following close behind. The dimension in question has its own Spider-Man, Miles Morales, and in the below clip, Miles awakes confused and tries to tip-toe carefully around the fate of his dimension’s Peter Parker:
“He meets someone who is his hero, and that comes across completely in Donald’s performance,” said Stephen Wacker, vice-president of Marvel Television‘s animation division. “He’s got a real warmth that suits the character really, really well. If you’ve read Miles Morales comics, Donald’s voice nails what you’ve been reading.”
“I never liked Superman that much, because I was like, ‘Yo, this dude can’t die. It’s too easy,'” adds Glover. “Batman is pretty fly. He’s a close second, just because he doesn’t really have powers. He’s just a justice-driven vigilante. 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.”
Well, it’s great news for Glover and great news for Glover fans who were very active in getting their favorite actor into the minds of the Powers That Be. Glover’s four-and-a-half years as Troy on Community proved he could do both funny and sweet with equal amounts of skill, and I can fairly easily seem him as Spider-Man both in the person of the secret identity of Peter Parker and quipping against bad guys under the mask. It’s a fine choice. I guess we can stop worrying about Glover’s post-Community prospects too.
Miles Morales, and Glover, will make their first appearance in the season premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors this Sunday, August 31, at 9 am on Disney XD.
Source: Comic Book.com