I don’t want to spend a lot of time re-hashing an old story, so here’s the quick explanation: before Andrew Garfield was cast as the new Spider-Man, the internet attempted to champion Donald Glover as the new Spider-Man because Spider-Man could be anybody. This was controversial for stupid people, but while Glover was not cast as Spidey, Marvel did give us Miles Morales, a new Black/Latino Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe (who, according to Bendis in “Spider-Men,” the book where Miles and Peter Parker of the regular continuity met, there is a Miles Morales somewhere in the 616).
And now, nearly three years after Miles’ debut and four years after #Donald4Spiderman, Donald Glover will finally get to play Spider-Man. It’s not the same as putting on tights yourself and getting to crawl up walls, but as Glover notes in the interview, it’s “pretty good.”
Announced via USA Today, Donald Glover will be voicing Miles Morales in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, a re-branding of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon from Marvel. Premiering this Sunday at 9 AM, part of the “Spider-Verse” crossover in the show involves the Green Goblin attempting to get the DNA of various Spider-Men throughout the universes, and this is what puts Drake Bell’s Ultimate Spider-Man alongside Donald Glover’s Miles.
Take a listen at Glover in the show right here:
It’s a brief and early clip, but Glover pretty much nails what you’d expect from Miles. He’s still funny and affable, but given Glover’s history I think he brings a certain sense of warmth to him as well. It’s very obvious casting, but that doesn’t make it a great decision from all involved regardless. Hopefully this even means that Glover is warming back up to the idea of being on a TV show — not that I, uh, have one in mind or anything.
Web Warriors debuts this weekend, and according to USA Today, this episode will air sometime next year.