This meme has finally paid off — and it's only been FIVE YEARS!
Today, we received the best news ever, news worthy of several OMG's and OMFG's.
Donald Glover will finally be joining the MCU, having secured a part in Sony/Marvel's upcoming Spidey reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Why is this the best news ever?But many fans might not be aware of just how long of a journey it's been to get Donald into the Spidey cinematic universe and how much history he has with the Web-Slinger.
His casting definitely suggests that Marvel heard the fans earlier cries to involve the comedic actor in the franchise, a cry Sony clearly ignored.
Glover has long made it clear he was a fan of Marvel and Spider-Man, and it all came to a head in 2010 with a social media campaign as Sony made announcements for its Spider-Man reboot The Amazing Spider-Man. So exactly how long of a history does Glover have with the spandexed Wall Crawler?
A Social Media Campaign Launches To Get Glover An Audition For Peter Parker In The Amazing Spider-Man.
One of Donald Glover's biggest fans, i09's Marc Bernardin suggested that Glover would be the perfect nonwhite Spidey, catapulting the hashtag #Donald4Spiderman to greatness on Twitter. Glover himself became engaged and voiced support, while fans passionately campaigned to Sony on behalf of the actor. Unfortunately, the battle cries fell on deaf ears, and Glover never received an audition. The role ended up going to Andrew Garfield.
Glover Appears In Spider-Man Pajamas In The Season 2 Premiere Of Community
Glover wasted no time in pushing his Spider-Man agenda anywhere he could. He sent his Spidey fans into a frenzy when he wore Spider-Man pajamas on the Season 2 premiere of his show Community. Some fans took this as a sign he would get the part, but alas, he never even auditioned. See the awesome clip below! I just want to high five the dude.
Donald Glover Says He Doesn't Want To Work for Disney
After being rejected for the chance at audition for The Amazing Spider-Man, Glover expressed that he doesn't want to work for Disney anyway. Glover told LA Weekly:
"I don't work for Disney, and I probably wouldn't work for a company that would want to control me, my creativity like that."
Miles Morales Debuts As Spider-Man
While Sony ignored fans' desperate pleas for a minority Spider-Man, specifically played by Glover, Marvel saw this passionate response and took action.
Glover's successful online campaign for the role in Amazing Spider-Man actually seems to have inspired the creation of the first half African-American, half Hispanic Spider-Man, following the death of Peter Parker in Ultimate Spider-Man. His name is Miles Morales, and the writer behind Ultimate Spider-Man, Brian Michael Bendis, wasted no time in crediting Glover for inspiring the character's creation.
He told USA Today that he saws the Community clip of Donald in the PJs, and loved it:
“I saw him in the costume and thought, ‘I would like to read that book.’ So I was glad I was writing that book.”
The Amazing Spider-Man Director Marc Webb Confirms Donald Glover Easter Egg In Film
While Webb didn't cast Glover in the film, he still wanted to make an effort to make sure the fans knew they had been heard. In 2012, he told MTV News that Donald Glover would be recognized in The Amazing Spider-Man in some form, and to look for it in Peter Parker's room. Marc even had to get permission from Donald to use his image in the film!
Donald Glover Appears in The Amazing Spider-Man
Fans were so loud about their desire for Donald to play Peter Parker, that Sony actually found a way to put him in The Amazing Spider-Man. While it's very minor, it is there, and Glover confirmed that director Marc Webb called him to make sure the Easter egg was OK. So what was it?
In Peter Parker's room, on his wall, is a poster of Donald Glover's character on Community, Troy Barnes!
Donald Glover Voices Miles Morales in Disney's Ultimate Spider-Man
It only took four years, but Donald Glover finally got to play Spider-Man, just not in the way he planned. Disney cast the actor to voice their Ultimate version of Spider-Man for an episode of their XD series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors.
Glover took on the role whole-hardheartedly, though he did have hopes to be in the Spidey cinematic universe still one day.
Donald Glover Says He's Leaving Spidey Behind
After years of campaigning, Donald decides he wants to focus on the exciting stuff coming up in his career, not what isn't. The #Donald4Spiderman campaign experienced a resurgence when Marvel announced Spider-Man would be joining the MCU. However, Donald expressed that from here on out, he would leave that stuff "to the fans." Donald told Yahoo! Movies:
"I'm leaving it to (the fans). Campaigning's part of life, but for me, I've got a lot of stuff that I'm really excited about, and dropping it all… of course it'd be an honor. But it's fine if it comes to me, if not, you know. I'm very Daoist about it."
Donald Glover Says He's Too Old to Play Spider-Man
Fan's hearts were crushed all around the world when Marvel announced Tom Holland's casting in the Marvel/Sony Spider-Man reboot, thus ending #Donald4Spiderman for good.
Donald came out in full support of Holland, and said it would have been weird if he were cast as a high schooler, telling Complex that it would have been wrong. However, Donald did elude that he will always be open to playing Spider-Man if the web-crawler ages a bit in the films, like in a time jump or alternate universe!
Donald Glover Cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Now you understand, right? All the blood, sweat, and tears fans put into getting Donald Glover into the Spider-Man films is finally paying off. News broke that Donald has been cast in the Marvel reboot, though no details on his role were released.
You know what I can't wait for? For Donald Glover to lock in the deal, and comment to his fans on finally making it to the MCU! Don't judge me, but I am getting a little teary eyed just thinking about how passionately the actor and his fans have worked to get to this point.
I also have to give credit to Marvel, who wasted no time bringing Donald on board once they got the back to Spider-Man's film rights. I can't wait to see who he's playing; could they already be introducing Miles Morales in the MCU for later use? The options are endless. All I know is whatever role it is, Donald deserves it, and is going to KILL IT! My spidey-sense tells me so.