There has been a recent movement on Twitter to cast Donald Glover as the next Spider-Man. Glover is best known for his role as Troy on NBC’s Community, and for his sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy. It appears that one of the driving forces behind Donald Glover’s nomination for the Spider-Man role is that people want a black Spider-Man. Personally, I think Donald Glover would be great, but for a different reason.
First off, a black Spider-Man would be pretty awesome, especially if he teamed up with Luke Cage. More specifically, a Donald Glover Spider-Man would be awesome, because he fits the role so well. Anybody who has seen his sketch comedy performances knows that Donald Glover often plays the socially awkward guy with a touch of nerd. There we have the Peter Parker side. Donald Glover also has enough muscle definition to play the star quarterback on Community. Here we have solved the dilemma of having a character who not only has a nerdy side, but a side that can punch clear through your chest cavity. We only had one of those sides with Tobey Maguire. Most importantly, Donald Glover can recapture the humor of Spider-Man. Spider-Man used to be known for his witty one-liners in the heat of battle. It is his humorous personality that makes him so lovable. Tobey Maguire never showed that side of Spider-Man, preferring to go for the emo dance routine version. I firmly believe Donald Glover can bring that funny side of Spider-Man back. If you have seen any of his work I am sure you will agree. Not every comic book character needs to be moody and have a voice that sounds like a poorly maintained gravel driveway like Batman. That is why I plan on fully supporting the #donald4spiderman movement on Twitter. Let’s see what Donald Glover can do.