I am trying hard not to gloat here. Really hard. And failing.
In another life, I wrote a blog piece for another site asking why Spider-Man has to be a white guy. In the comments section for that piece, someone suggested that Donald Glover should play Spider-Man. And, if you were on the internet four years ago, you’ll remember that it became a thing. I think the kids call it a meme.
The point was always that there’s nothing about who Peter Parker was as a person — Queens kid living with his aunt and uncle because his parents were absent; wicked smart; nerd — required him to be a white kid. That what makes Spider-Man universal has nothing to do with race. Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis was on the internet four years ago and decided to create a version of Spider-Man that was of Black and Hispanic descent and name him Miles Morales.
And now, bringing the world full circle, Miles Morales’ Spider-Man will appear on Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors animated series — with Donald Glover voicing the character.
As Glover told USA Today:
“I never liked Superman that much, because I was like, ‘Yo, this dude can’t die. It’s too easy,’ ” Glover says. “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.”
Called it. Better late than never.