SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for the plot of Spider-Man: Homecoming, in theaters July 7.
One of the greatest mysteries leading up to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming has been surrounding Donald Glover’s role in the film. Though cast all the way back in June of last year, there has yet to be indication of Glover’s role since then.
Well, that has finally changed, as a reported detailed synopsis from Reddit user of the Spider-Man: Homecoming novelization may shed some light on Glover’s character.
The synopsis sets the stage for the opening act of the film, in which Peter Parker is a small-time crimefighter in the wake of his role in Captain America: Civil War. It seems, in the film, Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes and his goons — Shultz, AKA The Shocker (Bookem Woodbine), and Brice (Logan Marshall-Green) — get ahold of the alien Chitauri technology following the Battle of New York in the first Avengers film. It seems that later in the film, the goons attempt to sell the tech to a criminal referred to as “Alex,” played by Glover, until the exchange is interrupted by Spider-Man.
Take a look at an excerpt from the synopsis below.
At the party, while changing into Spider-Man, Peter sees an explosion in the distance and is forced to investigate. He finds two of Toomes’ men, Shultz (Bookem Woodbine) and Brice (Logan Marshall-Green), selling Chitauri weapons to local criminal Alex (Donald Glover) and intervenes. Brice subdues Peter with his Shocker gauntlets and flees in a van with Shultz, leaving the weapon behind. Spider-Man pursues them, but is intercepted by the Vulture, who takes him high above swing-level, triggering the suit’s defense system. It deploys a parachute to help Peter escape, but Peter falls into a lake and nearly drowns before being rescued by a remote-controlled Iron Man suit, due to a tracker that Stark put on the suit.
However, as a Reddit user points out, the name Alex is inconsistent with the reveal of Glover’s character name — which was indicated as “Aaron Davis” — in the Spider-Men: Homecoming Disney Channel special that aired a little over a week ago. While the synopsis seems rather accurate, it remains to be seen why Glover’s character is referred to as “Alex” in the film’s first act, or at least its novelization.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming is tracking for a $135 million opening, but expect more accurate estimates as the July 7 release inches closer.
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
A co-production of Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, the franchise reboot stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.