Donald Glover’s got a lot of geek cred. He was a star on the beloved NBC comedy ‘Community‘. He has a musical career under the name ‘Childish Gambino‘. He’s the star/creator of the upcoming rap-centered FX series ‘Atlanta‘. And, in news that set many Spidey fan hearts aflutter, he was confirmed to play a role in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘. At the Television Critics Association panel for ‘Atlanta‘, Donald Glover discussed his new show, but when talking to press afterwards, he couldn’t go by without somebody asking him about his role in the upcoming, Jon Watts-directed Marvel production. And luckily, he was eager to talk about it.
Well, to an extent. When asked who he would be playing in the film, Glover remained tight-lipped.
“I’m not allowed to say. Sworn to secrecy.”
While he couldn’t give specific details away, Glover was able to talk about his experience on set, and it sounds like he had a good time.
“It’s really great. I had a really great time on that set. Jon [Watt]’s doing a really good job as a director. It was really fun to be home.”
Being a part of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ didn’t appear to be too taxing on Glover’s schedule anyway. The film is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, which is the shooting location of Glover’s series ‘Atlanta’ (surprise), but that didn’t seem to be the deciding factor for him.
“If they were shooting in Colorado I probably still would’ve gone. But it being in Atlanta was kind of like icing on the cake. It was nice.”
Of course, what made so many people happy to see Donald Glover cast in a Spider-Man film, aside from Donald Glover just being awesome and a pleasure to see in anything, was that, at the time Sony was rebooting the franchise with ‘Amazing Spider-Man’, he became the fan-favorite pick for Peter Parker. Glover played along, even joking about it in his stand-up to hilarious effect, but it never came to pass. He did have the opportunity to voice Miles Morales on the animated ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ series, but Glover being cast in a major Spider-Man film was a sweet closing of the circle. Glover reflected on that crazy internet moment and what it’s like actually being a part of the process now.
“It was kind of an accident. I really wasn’t out there trying to do that. I feel like the internet kinda just did that but it was cool because now I get to see from the inside a lot of that stuff, which is all you can ask for as a fan of something.”
You can get a whole lot more Glover when ‘Atlanta’ premieres on FX on September 6, and when ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is released on July 7, 2017.