Donald Glover Talks About the New ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, Says Brian Bendis Got the Idea from COMMUNITY

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Earlier today, Steve got the chance to visit the set of one of the best shows on television, NBC’s Community, and I’m insanely jealous. He was on set to help promote the season two DVD, which hits stores September 6th, and season three of the show which premieres on NBC Thursday September 22nd at 8/7c. While he’ll have the full report/video intervuew from the set up at a later date, castmember (and scene-stealer) Donald Glover was asked about the new black Spider-Man that was unveiled as part of the Ultimate comic book series and we wanted to get what he said up for you now.

As you may or may not know, when Sony was casting The Amazing Spider-Man, a fairly large “Donald Glover for Spider-Man” campaign was launched to try and get him cast in the reboot.  Obviously Andrew Garfield nabbed the role, but Glover revealed today that writer Brian Bendis actually based his new black Spider-Man on seeing Glover in Spider-Man pajamas in an episode of the show.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.  And if you’re not watching Community, get your shit together and tune in this fall.  You’re sorely missing out.

Here’s the transcript and further down you can watch the video.

Question: Obviously last year you were famously wrapped up in the “Donald Glover for Spider-Man” campaign, and now we’ve got a black Spider-Man in one version of continuity that some say looks a little bit like you. Have you been speaking to Marvel about anything that we should know about?

Donald Glover: (laughs) Look I think for a long time people know that I have an iron grip over there, I’m very strong at the Marvel Comics (laughs) people really respect me over there. No, [comic book writer Brian Bendis] got the idea from seeing a Community episode actually, cause I was in like Spider-Man pajamas, which I thought was pretty great. It’s funny, people say he looks like me, I don’t see it that much, but I know he was influenced by me. I can’t wait to have grandkids and be like, “Yup, that’s me.” It’s really cool. The nerd respect I’ve gotten is quite large. Also the hate mail is pretty great, the hate tweets are pretty great, “You killed Peter Parker!”

But you’re not necessarily gonna show up to Andrew Garfield’s house?

Glover: And be like “Hey,” just drop the new cover there. No, no. But it’s pretty great.

 

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  • Elise

    There’s a Facebook page called Donald Glover for Miles Morales… :)

  • Ali

    Half-black and half-Hispanic

    • JasonMan

      “Hispanic” isn’t a race.

      • BMcNeal

        Actually, whites and blacks are not separate races. Any science that I have seen indicates that differences are so minute between the two groups as to be virtually nonexistent.

        Therefore, then cannot be different races.

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  • Steve Rudzinski

    You know I love Glover as a comedian and actor, but he needs to get off the whole Spider-Man thing. He still talks about how it wouldn’t be a big deal to change Parker’s race on stage to this day.

    I’m sorry Glover but yes, it matters. I won’t even use the Black Panther example, I’ll use Mr. Terrific, or even Goliath. Both characters are black and while their race is not integral to their histories, it’s who the character is and I’d be upset if they cast them in a movie as white. Because that’s inaccurate to the books.

    • JasonMan

      I assume then you were also against a white guy being hired to play Goku in Dragonball Evolution, the main characters in the Speed Racer movie being portrayed by white actors, the casting of The Last Airbender live action movie, the upcoming Hollywood production of Akira that is not playing for any Asian actors in the male lead roles, the fact that no actor of Latino decent has ever played Diego De la Vega/Zorro in any Hollywood production of Zorro, etc…

      Right?

      And by the way, “the whole Spider-Man thing” was mentioned to him here. He wasn’t the one who brought it up. It’s an interview and that’s the questioned he was asked. So he doesn’t need to “get off” anything.

      Finally, this isn’t even remotely the same in any way as “changing a character’s race” because it isn’t Parker who is black. Parker, in Ultimate Marvel, died and a completely different character, who is black, took over as Spider-Man. No different how other character’s in the past took over the mantle as the superhero alter ego in the past.

      • CreativeMatrix

        @JasonMan

        You are completely correct. The fact that this spiderman is a black guy pisses some white people off. And then they try to portray it as “OH but it doesn’t matter what race he is I just don’t like that he’s not peter parker”. Bull shit. Cause I saw some of the comments and it makes me want to vomit.

        The truth is that Spiderman is a White American Iconic character. So since they changed him to a black american character it completely pisses some people off.
        Another Example, Superman is another White American Iconic Character. If they killed him off and changed him to an Afican American people will probably go on strike, riot and start shooting black people in the street…..

        @Steve Rudzinski
        Just be truthful….YOU HATE THAT HE IS BLACK!!!!!! Don’t Hide it.

      • Jon H.

        While I totally agree with the point you make here, I have couple of issues. First, it bothers me somewhat when people complain about white-washing of adaptations of Asian source material (or other, but the complaint seems to lobbied most against Asian imports). I understand the sentiment, but I don’t feel that, in many of the examples you cited, race has much bearing on the story (Akira could be set in any post-apocalyptic city; Tokyo just provides a certain aesthetic irrelevant to the story), so casting a white actor in a previously Asian-role seems to me just a reflection of trying to appeal to American audiences; when Sesame Street gets exported to other countries (say, Pakistan), they cast local actors, not white actors (yes, I get that it’s more about the puppets, but the point still stands). And isn’t Antonio Banderas Spanish? Since Zorro is set during a Spanish colonial period, he’s perfect for Zorro. Maybe in the black-and-white Zorro days that was true, but that’s a moot point after the Martin Campbell films.

        But, having said all that, I do think in this case that even a Black Peter Parker isn’t a big deal, since Black is a very common American ethnicity, so he’s still American, which is the point of being true to an “American icon.”

      • Steve Rudzinski

        JasonMan, I read every comic that comes out every week. I KNOW Parker died in Ultimate, I’m referring to when Glover didn’t understand why it might be a big deal for him for play Peter Parker in a movie. I’m referring to Peter Parker, NOT this Ultimate character.

        And I also know that in THIS instance, it was brought up to him. I was once again referring to his stand up, where he will still mention it, NOT this specific interview.

        And while I WAS upset that Goku was white in the Dragon Ball movie, it could be argued that Goku was never drawn Asian (unlike characters in DB and DBZ who were clearly asian or caucasian) and that he’s an alien, so he’s no race. So while I WAS let down by a white actor portraying Goku, it’s not a fair comparison because he is an alien.

      • Steve Rudzinski

        @ Jon H. Hate that who is black? Glover? Why would I hate that one of my favorite comedians is black?

        Ultimate Spider-Man? Why would I hate that he’s black? Not only that, he’s half Mexican. Which since you left out, must mean you hate that he’s half Mexican. Why do you hate Mexicans?

        No, my only statement was referring to Glover when he kinda wanted to play Peter Parker in a movie, and my statement was just that I don’t want Glover to play Peter Parker JUST LIKE I would NOT want any white actor to play Mr. Terrific.

      • Electronaut

        Um, hate to break it to you, but Antonio Banderas is of Latin decent and he played Zorro. Twice.

        but nice try!

      • JasonMan

        @ Electronaut

        Hate to break it to YOU but Antonio Banderas is NOT of Latin decent. He is from Spain. A country in Europe which makes him European. NOT Latino as Latino is a term that refers to people of Latin America.

        Plus, if you bothered to read what I wrote (which you didn’t) I wrote this:

        “the fact that no actor of Latino decent has ever played Diego De la Vega/Zorro in any Hollywood production of Zorro”

        Even if Banderas was from a Latin American country he still didn’t play Diego De La Vega who is the original Zorro. He played some made up character for Mask Of Zorro that was De La Vega’s successor. Anthony Hopkins played Diego De La Vega.

        I would say “nice try” to you but it wasn’t even one.

      • Mwazi

        I LIke!

      • erica

        Umm, Antonio Banderas IS of Latin descent. He is from Spain, a Latin country. Latin America got its name from the fact that a good deal of its people speak a Latin based language. Where did these languages come from? Europe! And Latin Europe at that! What is Latin Europe? The countries who primarily speak a language that is a derivative of Latin (i.e. France, Spain, Portugal, Italy). What do you think Latin means??

    • JasonMan

      @Steve Rudzinski

      You’re totally mistaken on Goku. Goku is meant to look like an Asian man the same way Superman is meant to look like a white man.

      If you are going to argue that Goku doesn’t look Asian because he is an alien then I can turn around and say that Superman doesn’t look white because he is an alien and therefore they should hire an Asian actor to play Superman in a major Hollywood production.

      • Steve Rudzinski

        Superman is drawn Caucasian, with blue eyes and white features.

        Goku is drawn anime. He has no ethnic features at all.

  • MrBlue12786

    Well if Andrew Garfield bombs as Spider-Man they could always kill him off in the sequel and bring on Donald Glover for Miles haha

    • Mwazi

      Ha Ha! :- ) Now there’s an idea….

  • Disnywhite

    Um, sorry, no offense to this Glover kid, I’m actually intrigued by the idea of a black Spider Man, which is way more interesting than anything the unmitigated morons that write the scripts for Community can come up with. Glad to see the writer of this article is so easily amused by mediocre crap. Do any of the people that write this shit live in the real world? Are they aware that mundane life in and of itself is ten times more hilarious than the overwrought and frankly lame quips that come out of Joel Mchales mouth? It takes a normal person a good minute to think up the druvel these characters say. God DAMN you, Gilmore Girls! Look what you have wrought!

    • classyguy

      What shows do you like, because there are few comedies out there better than community.

      • Fiction

        Something tells me Disnywhite is the type of person keeping terrible shows like Two and a Half Men and The Big bang theory relevent. The 4-camera, laugh-track sitcom should be dead. It’s time to move on people.

  • Carmichael

    I wonder if Donald Glover is up to a Photo cover in his Spider-Man pijamas for the new Ultimate Spider-Man comic. That would be so meta, Community style.

  • JasonMan

    @Steve Rudzinski

    You’re totally mistaken on Goku. Goku is meant to look like an Asian man the same way Superman is meant to look like a white man.

    If you are going to argue that Goku doesn’t look Asian because he is an alien then I can turn around and say that Superman doesn’t look white because he is an alien and therefore they should hire an Asian actor to play Superman in a major Hollywood production.

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