Remember when Donald Glover campaigned over Twitter to get an audition for The Amazing Spider-Man and even wore a pair of Spidey pajamas on Community? Sadly for him, the producers decided to go with another white Peter Parker in Andrew Garfield, but Glover’s campaign has still made waves in the original comic books. Ultimate Spider-Man, an alternate-universe series, just killed off the original Peter Parker… and the new Spider-Man is a half-black, half-Latino kid named Miles Morales.
So there’s Glover’s consolation: Writer Brian Michael Bendis said that Glover was definitely an influence in his decision to go with a non-white hero. It started with that Community episode:
“He looked fantastic. I saw him in the costume and thought, ‘I would like to read that book.’ So I was glad I was writing that book.”
So far Miles doesn’t seem to inspire the same racist backlash there was to DC’s Muslim “Batman of Paris” called Nightrunner. Maybe Marvel fans are more open-minded? “It’s certainly long overdue,” Bendis told USA Today. “Even though there’s some amazing African-American and minority characters bouncing around in all the superhero universes, it’s still crazy lopsided.” He went on to say that Miles will be “a Spider-Man for the 21st century who’s reflective of our culture and diversity.”
See, Donald? That’s a lot cooler than Andrew Garfield strutting around New York and getting to kiss Emma Stone.