Back in 2010, the idea of Donald Glover playing Spider-Man was mostly reserved for the internet, launching a Twitter campaign with the hashtag ‘#donald4spiderman.’
But while that the film reboot eventually cast Andrew Garfield in the role, Glover is finally getting to play his comic book hero four years later. In this Sunday’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors on Disney XD, he will voice the role of Miles Morales, Marvel’s half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man from the Ultimate Universe. Glover’s character, exists in a parallel universe in which the original Spider-Man,Peter Parker, died in the line of battle.
“I don’t think it’s hit me necessarily yet how big of a deal that is,” said Glover in an interview with USA Today. “I’m very grateful for that, and it’s cool to read the comic now.”
Brian Michael Bendis, who created the comic in 2011, said he was inspired to create the character of Morales after he saw Glover wearing Spider-Man pajamas on an episode of Community.
“He looked fantastic!” Bendis said in an older interview with USA Today. “I saw him in the costume and thought, ‘I would like to read that book.’ So I was glad I was writing that book.”
But even though Glover will just be playing the character of Spider-Man in a cartoon, he says the impact on playing a childhood hero is not lost on him.
“I still have hopes to do something like that one day,” he said. “I don’t look at this as second place. Spider-Man, he’s such an icon — you have to do something with him.”
The season premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors airs Sunday, August 31 at 9 a.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.
Watch a clip of Donald Glover voicing the role of Spider-Man here: