Earlier this week, a fan campaign to cast “Community” actor Donald Glover as the star of the upcoming “Spider-Man” movie had the online world buzzing, with creators and fans alike weighing in on the idea of casting an African-American actor as the new Peter Parker.
Earlier Wednesday (June 2), MTV News spoke to comic book historian Alan Kistler to get his take on the heated debate raging around the Twitterverse — a discussion that became one of the hottest topics on Twitter this weekend and resulted in a Facebook fan group more than 8,000 members strong at last count. “There is nothing in the comic or the origin of the character that has to do with what ethnicity [Peter Parker] is, the color of his skin or his background,” Kistler told MTV’s Splash Page.
While the noted historian of all things superhero went on to offer further analysis of why an African-American actor playing the famous Marvel Comics character isn’t so unbelievable, we went to the streets to get your take on the possibility of Glover playing Spider-Man.
In Times Square, opinions varied on whether the actor was a good fit for the role. Some hoped he’d find a way into the running for the role, which was recently rumored to be down to five actors — all white.
Reactions to the “Community” actor’s campaign for the role ranged from “really cool,” to one fan anticipating mixed feelings about giving Peter Parker a new look in the movie world.
“Some people might get mad because they’re changing the character, and then some people might not because it’s different, something new,” Joey Warren said.
However, not everyone was buying the idea of giving Spider-Man a race-bending makeover. “I’m not sure if that’s a good look,” Christian Crawford told MTV News. “I don’t think that’s going to be a good look.”
What do you think about casting Donald Glover or another black actor as Peter Parker? Let us know in the comments!