News broke today that fan favorite actor and comedian Donald Glover will be joining the already star studded cast of Sony and Marvel's upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Best known for his roles on the hit television shows Community and 30 Rock, the actor's name always comes up whenever a Spider-Man project is underway. Fans loved his vocal performance as Miles Morales (a different Spider-Man) in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man. Donald is joining the likes of Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., and whoever will be playing Mary Jane in the joint Sony/Marvel film. The biggest question coming out of this casting news, however, is who exactly will he play?
4. Miles Morales
Despite being the fan favorite pick, it seems highly unlikely that Donald will be portraying the young Spider-Man. There are several reasons why this pick wouldn't make much sense. Tom Holland is portraying Peter Parker, and he's barely 20 years old. Donald is 32. In order for the Miles/Peter dynamic to work well, Miles has to be younger. Miles doesn't become Spider-Man until a tragic event involving Peter Parker occurs, therefor, Donald will probably not play this character, but we can still hope, right?
3. Vincent Gonzales
Vin is Peter's roommate in college and a rookie police officer. Since Homecoming takes place while Peter is in high school, it could be interesting to see Vin introduced in a small role now before becoming a bigger part of Peter's life. Throughout their time together, Vin proves to be more foe than friend to Peter. Many incidents due to Peter's status as Spider-Man put Vin in hot water, and several times Vin has actively tried to turn public opinion against Spider-Man. Donald is a very capable actor, but Vin isn't really a comedic character, so playing Vincent could prove to showcase a different side of the actor.
2. Randy Robertson
Randy is the son of Robbie Robertson, a high ranking editor at the Daily Bugle (come to think of it, Donald could play that role too if they made the character a bit younger). Randy is a friend of Peter and a staunch supporter of student activism. He seeks to better the world and the community and promote social change. Randy has a long history with Peter, though they did't become very close until later in their lives. If they wanted to portray Donald as a bit younger, then Randy would make a perfect choice. On the flip side, I could also see Donald playing Robbie Robertson as they've already made Aunt May considerably younger.
1. Tom 'Goliath' Foster
For me, this choice makes the most sense. Donald has the potential to stick around the MCU for a very long time. Tom Foster is the son of the original Goliath, Bill Foster. After Bill's death in the Civil War storyline, Tom picks up the mantle and fights against crime and injustice. Tom has ties to Wakanda (and in turn Black Panther), Ant-Man and the Wasp (as he uses Pym Particles to grow in size), Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man, and the Damage Control team (that he had joined), all of which have upcoming projects within the MCU. That being said, Donald could become an integral member of the cinematic universe if given the chance. If he does play this character, we could see him show up again in Black Panther, the upcoming Damage Control television show, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and many, many more.
There are many, many more possibilities for who Donald Glover could play in the upcoming movie, but I believe these four are the most likely. As we don't have many details on the plot or other characters — could Spider-Gwen ever be a possibility? — it's hard to say for certain who's most likely.
Who would you like to see Donald play? Somebody already on this list? Or somebody else? Let us know in the comments below!