ICYMI: Spider-Man to Join Marvel Cinematic Universe

By Selina Bonilla 

For superhero fanatics and movie goers, it has finally happened: Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starting this year, he will appear on-screen with other Marvel heroes, but with a new man behind the mask.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has owned the rights to the popular hero for 13 years, prohibiting him from joining the other Marvel faces fighting crime on the big screen, but now fans are thrilled that a compromise has been made.

Sony and Marvel Cinematic Universe announced the major deal on Feb. 9, exciting many that have long anticipated Spider-Man to come over to Marvel. The deal will feature Spider-Man in an upcoming Marvel movie – possibly "Captain America: Civil War" and a stand-alone Spider-Man film on July 28, 2017.

But it’s still unclear who will don the Spidey mask. Following the announcement, Tweeters came out to say that their choice for the new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is none other than rapper/comedian/actor Donald Glover.

Glover sparked this campaign in 2011 when he tweeted his interest to play Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s 2012 reboot, which ended up casting Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. This tweet, long-since deleted, sparked the first #DonaldforSpiderman campaign.

"Spider-Man is the best because you just don't know who he is, and he's funny and he's poor. I understand Spider-Man a lot on that level. He's just trying to make it," Glover told USA Today in a 2014 interview. Fans say that Glover's personality reflects the qualities well known in Spider-Man and his alter-ego, Peter Parker, making him perfect for the role.

And now with the conversations buzzing about the new movies, Twitter is at it again reviving #DonaldforSpiderman.

The last #DonaldForSpiderman campaign in 2011, inspired an animated series for Disney XD, "The Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors." This series takes Peter Parker to another dimension, where he meets his half-black, half-Hispanic counterpart, Miles Morales, who is voiced by Glover.

Brian Michael Bendis, creator of the animated series, says that an African-American Spider-Man is ”certainly long overdue." "Even though there's some amazing African-American and minority characters bouncing around in all the superhero universes, it's still crazy lopsided," he told USA Today in 2011.

Some who want Glover to appear in the new films want him to play Miles Morales instead of the iconic Peter Parker. With Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield portraying Peter Parker in previous movies, fans feel it is time for a new name to take over perhaps, Morales.

The Wrap Reporter Linda Ge confirmed the same day of the announcement that Garfield will not be back to reprise his role as Peter Parker, making this an opportune time for a new Spidey.

MCU President Kevin Feige and former co-chairperson of Sony Pictures Amy Pascal will “collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger,” according to the announcement, stirring anticipation for the #DonaldforSpiderman campaign.

"We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man," Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, says in the press release. "This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans."

Sony plans to hire a new director to replace Marc Webb before they begin approaching actors, but it is confirmed that they plan on putting the web-slinger back in the classroom at Midtown High School. Since Spidey is going to be younger, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) and Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) are rumored frontrunners for the role.

No decisions have been made, however, and it is unclear whether Spidey will return as Peter Parker or Miles Morales.

The new deal prompted changes in release dates for future Marvel movies to accommodate the July 28, 2017 Spider-Man film. Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" will be pushed to Nov. 3, 2017; Marvel's "Black Panther" will hit theaters on July 6, 2018; "Captain Marvel" on November 2, 2018; and lastly, "Inhumans" will make its way to theaters on July 12, 2019.

"Avenger's: Infinity Part 1 and 2" dates did not change - May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019.

Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man…

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