Donald Glover for Spider-Man

Here’s some humorous fan activism for your Sunday afternoon. Activism that fans of both NBC’s Community and the recently released (to DVD) comedy Mystery Team will enjoy. A campaign has begun on Twitter to get Donald Glover cast as the next Spider-Man. As we reported last week, the list of candidates to play Peter Parker in the upcoming franchise reboot has been narrowed to five names. None of them are Don Glover. This has forced fans to take it to the streets — the streets of Twitter.

The goal (I suppose) is to get the Twitter hash-tag #donald4spiderman trending. This began when io9’s Marc Bernardin wrote an interesting and pointed piece about why The last thing Spider-Man should be is another white guy, followed by several commenters suggesting the Community star as the best choice for Peter Parker. It’s hard to argue with the logic of either Bernardin or the io9 commenters — a unique and fresh take on Spider-Man would be interesting, and Glover is a very good young actor. Remember when I suggested making Spider-Man a period piece — setting in the 1960s? Yes, something new and different, please. Sadly, it probably won’t happen. Sony Pictures seems intent on repeating the same Spider-Man formula, in 3D.

You can track the movement of Donald for Spider-Man at the Donald for Spider-Man Facebook Page. Or head over to Twitter and follow the search term #donald4spiderman. We’ll be following, encouraging and promoting the side campaign of Alison Brie as Mary Jane Watson, as well.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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