With the revelation that Spider-Man would finally be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that Andrew Garfield was out, a lot of speculation has been flying about who will be cast as the new web-slinger. Two of those supposed possibilities, Donald Glover and Josh Hutcherson, have both made recent remarks regarding the speculation.
Both names were bandied about the last time the coveted role was up for grabs. And there is a strong contingent of people who think it’s time the iconic superhero is played by a non-white person. Whereas last time, it was Glover himself who threw his name into the ring with a social media campaign, this time it’s the fanboys who seem to be putting him up for consideration. The real question is, are the producers of the franchise on the same page with this vocal group of fans who think things should move in this direction?
As for Hutcherson, I saw a screen test he did last time around, and I have to admit, I was pretty impressed. Yahoo Movies spoke with the Hunger Games star recently and confirmed he was definitely interested in playing the role. During a phone conversation, Hutcherson said, “Yeah, of course I’d think about doing it. It’s Spider-Man. That’d be really cool. There’s not been any conversations about that, but who knows what would happen?”
Finding out whether a young actor is interested in a role is not really news, especially when there have been no “conversations about that.” And I feel like, at this point, Hutcherson really doesn’t have much of a chance. He did at one time, but that ship has sailed.
But what about Glover? The Today Show asked the actor/rapper (he is also known by his stage persona, Childish Gambino), point blank if he was going to be playing Spider-Man (as if he could legally reveal that fact if it were the case). Al Roker asked Glover, “Are you the next Spider-Man?” To which, Glover replied, “Am I? I can’t say I’m the next Spider-Man.” Roker persisted. “Can you say you’re not the next Spider-Man?” “I can’t say that either,” Glover said. “I mean, it’s not out yet. There’s been talkings about it. I’d be honored to play it, but it’s really not up to me. I just want Spider-Man to be good. I think Spider-Man’s one of my favorite characters.” Roker then asked, “Would you be a good Spider-Man?” Glover’s reply: “Me? I personally think I would be amazing. Like, the Amazing Spider-Man.”
To me, the most interesting thing about that conversation is Glover saying “…it’s not out yet.” What does that mean? The bit about there having been “talkings about it” I only took to mean that people on the internet have been speculating about him being cast. But for Glover to say “it’s not out yet” or to possibly paraphrase, that information hasn’t been revealed yet, is very interesting. But, of course, if that’s what Glover meant, it would’ve been a huge slip. And I don’t think he slipped.
My personal hunch—and take that for what it’s worth; I have no sources to back anything up—is that Glover is not at all being considered for the role. In fact, I just don’t see Marvel making the big leap to have this new incarnation of Spider-Man not be Peter Parker. The comics can go in a lot of interesting directions and will continue to do so, but I just don’t those in charge of the on-screen version, or the rest of the world (i.e. international markets, which, let’s be honest, is where these movies make the most money), wants to see a Spider-Man that isn’t Parker underneath the mask.
I, for one, don’t care what they do as long as the story is good. That’s all I really care about. The story.
Do you think Glover or Hutcherson are good choices for Spidey? Would you like to see Peter Parker retired?
SOURCE: Yahoo Movies, The Today Show