Donald Glover is the inspiration behind the new Spider-Man

By | August 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm | One comment | News | Tags: , , ,

We all know and love Donald Glover for kicking musical ass as rapper Childish Gambino or kicking comedy ass as Community’s Troy (and as himself onstage). So, if you recall, it makes sense that tons of Twitterers would wage a campaign to help Glover score an audition to kick literal ass as the new Spider-Man. Sadly, the role went to Andrew Garfield. But the legend was born.

As an inside joke to fans, Glover appeared on the season premiere of Community donning (pun totally intended) Spider-Man pajamas. The get-up also caught the eye of comic-book writer Brian Michael Bendis, too, who was thrilled with Glover’s look. Coincidentally enough, Bendis was in the midst of writing up a brand new Spider-Man to debut in Ultimate Fallout #4 before appearing in a series of his own, entitled Ultimate Spider-Man. And this new hero, named Miles Morales, is inspired in part by Glover’s look – Bendis says he gives Glover “mucho credit” for the way Morales turned out, according to a report in USA Today. Ultimate Fallout #4 hits the stands this Wednesday, but you’ll have to wait until September to get your hands on Ultimate Spider-Man.

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Carrie Andersen

In addition to writing for Laughspin, Carrie is a graduate student in Austin, Texas, where she researches popular culture, new media, music, and social movements. When not reading or writing in any official capacity, she spends her time playing the drums, watching crappy TV, and eating copious amounts of tacos and barbecue. She also blogs sporadically at

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