“Spider-Man is going back to his roots with Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, but he’s not doing so alone. Donald Glover is in talks to join the cast of the reboot of Marvel’s wall-crawling superhero, although his role remains under wraps.
Or … does it? In comic books, Spider-Man (like most superhero properties, sadly) has a particularly white cast. The possibility for race bending an existing comic book character for the screen is on the table, although given the furor that met Marvel’s attempt to do so in this fall’s Doctor Strange, the studio — which is co-producing the movie with Sony — could stay away from that option.
Glover’s age, too, would seemingly limit things: At 32, he’s got more than a decade on Tom Holland, the new cinematic Peter Parker, so it’s unlikely he’d play a contemporary or classmate of the schoolkid superhero. But that arguably makes him too young to play any of the authority figures who traditionally cause trouble for Spider-Man, even pushing race out of the equation; as fun as it would be, Glover is arguably underage when it comes to bringing J. Jonah Jameson back to the screen, never mind Norman Osborn.
The most obvious option for Glover’s character would be a villainous role, somewhere where Sony has previously shown a willingness to race bend — Electro, played by Jamie Foxx in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is traditionally white in the comics. But that is potentially complicated by the fact that Michael Keaton has been circling the villain role for the movie.
So where does that leave Glover …? Here are some possibilities…”