Donald Glover has somewhat of a storied history with the character of Spider-Man, which is kind of funny when you consider how little he’s actually had to do with him. The actor, comedian, and musician has been synonymous with the Marvel web-slinger for years. Back in 2010, after a fan suggested he’d make for a great Miles Morales in Marc Webb’s reboot THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, an online campaign to get him the role began. It ended when Andrew Garfield was cast as Peter Parker, signaling that the new series would still center on Parker and not Morales.
But then in 2012, his relationship with the character was reignited when he began voicing Morales in the cartoon series ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN.
Glover loves how that all happened organically, with the fans rallying behind him and turning it into something real. “It was kind of an accident,â€ Glover tells /Film. â€œI really wasnâ€™t out there trying to do that. I feel like the internet kinda just did that but it was cool because now I get to see from the inside a lot of that stuff, which is all you can ask for as a fan of something.“
And when he says “from the inside,” he can now draw from an experience even bigger than voicing the cartoon. Glover’s name being linked so closely to Spidey seemingly helped him land a role in the new cinematic reboot, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. While he can’t reveal who he plays in the Marvel Studios standalone film that centers on the Peter Parker introduced in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Glover did open up a bit about his experience working on the hotly-anticipated film, which is being directed by Jon Watts.
“Itâ€™s really great,â€ Glover says of his time on the SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING set. â€œI had a really great time on that set. Jonâ€™s doing a really good job as a director. It was really fun to be home.”
While he likely feels right at home in the world of Spidey, that feeling of being at home was likely aided by the fact that SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is being filmed in Georgia, near where Glover was raised.
Sounds like Glover had a fairly magical experience, seeing the culmination of a six year odyssey that found him tied up in Spider-Man’s web, and having that happen right in his backyard.