Over the weekend, Marc Bernardin penned an editorial arguing that “the last thing Spider-Man should be is another white guy.” He writes:
[Why] couldn’t Peter Parker be played by a black or a Hispanic actor? How does that invalidate who Peter Parker is? I’m not saying that the producers need to force the issue; that they need to cast a minority just for the sake of it — but in the face of such underwhelming options like Billy Elliot and the kid who played young Voldemort, why not broaden the search? …
And don’t tell me it’s because an actor of color would hurt the box office: Not only is Spider-Man one of the most recognizable fictional characters on the planet, and managed to do just fine with Tobey “Snoozeville” Maguire playing him, whoever they cast WILL BE IN A MASK FOR HALF THE DAMNED MOVIE. AND ON THE POSTER.
In the comments section of the editorial, certain fans began pushing for Mystery Team and Community star Donald Glover as their non-white pick for Peter Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. The suggestions caught Glover’s own attention, prompting the actor to spearhead a #donald4spiderman movement, resulting in the third highest trending topic on Twitter last evening and a Facebook page with over 3,500 members and counting.
Glover doesn’t want the role of Spider-Man handed to him, however — he wants to earn the part, as he explained: “Some people are mistaken. I don’t want to just be given the role. I want to be able to audition. I truly love Spider-Man.”
It’s pretty amazing that this movement has caught so much fire in such short time, but I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. I’m a big fan of the core trio of Derrick Comedy, but Glover is easily the most talented and well-rounded. I could see him breaking out from pure comedy into a role with dramatic flourishes ala Peter Parker. Whether or not this fan movement pans out in his favor remains to be seen, but I would definitely be interested to see what he could bring to the Spider-Man franchise.
What do you think, readers? Would you endorse Donald Glover for Spider-Man? How would you feel about seeing a non-white actor playing Peter Parker on the big screen? Discuss your thoughts in the comments section below!