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The World Is Ready for a Black Spider-Man

Community‘s Donald Glover wants to be the next Spider-Man. And he’s hoping a Facebook petition (Donald Glover 4 Spiderman!!) and Twitter campaign (#donald4spiderman) will at least get his foot in the door. “Some people are mistaken,” he has said. “I don’t want to just be given the role. I want to be able to audition. I truly love Spider-Man.”

As io9 notes, there’s nothing about Peter Parker’s history that requires him to be played by a white actor — other than tradition. We love Glover in Community, and from what we’ve heard about his performance in Mystery Team, he has the chops to carry a big-screen part. And he’s certainly more interesting to us than any of the other actors currently in talks for the role (sorry, Billy Elliot and young Voldemort).

What do you think? Could rebooting the franchise with Glover instead of some nerdy white kid equal box office gold? More importantly, how much fun would a funny Spider-Man be?

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  1. [...] Caroline Stanley at Flavorwire: Community’s Donald Glover wants to be the next Spider-Man. And he’s hoping a Facebook petition (Donald Glover 4 Spiderman!!) and Twitter campaign (#donald4spiderman) will at least get his foot in the door. “Some people are mistaken,” he has said. “I don’t want to just be given the role. I want to be able to audition. I truly love Spider-Man.” [...]

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  3. [...] back in June of last year, when Donald Glover was lobbying hard for the chance to audition for the starring role in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot? A lot of [...]

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