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Donald Glover is Spider-Man (aka Miles Morales) in 'Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors' (Watch Preview)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 26, 2014 at 10:11AM

The season of "Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors," premieres this Sunday (9 am ET/PT), and the "Spider-Verse" arc of episodes airs next year.
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Donald Glover voices Miles Morales in an episode of 'Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors.' (Photo: Marvel/Disney XD)
Donald Glover voices Miles Morales in an episode of 'Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors.' (Photo: Marvel/Disney XD)

Remember the "Donald Glover For Spider-Man" campaign that inspired all kinds of fanboy outrage in late 2010?

Glover fans demanded that he be considered for the part, and even created a “Donald Glover for Spider-Man” Facebook fanpage.

Glover eventually addressed the kerfuffle, stating that it really all started as a joke - a joke that got very serious - and he never meant to stir things up.

And I'm sure to the happiness of Spidey fanboys all over the world, Glover wasn't cast as Spider-Man after all. 

Although, 2 years later, in 2012, Glover revealed that, actually, while he isn't going to be playing Spider-Man on the big or small screens, he would feature in that universe somehow, although he wasn't forthcoming with info on what exactly that meant.

Maybe today's news that the rapper/actor will give voice to Miles Morales - the black Spidey, first unveiled in 2011 - during the new season of Disney XD's animated series "Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors," which will feature both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, who meet in a parallel world, where they both exist.

In the episode, Morales is still getting used to being a superhero when he meets the dimension-hopping Peter Parker, who's on the hunt for the Green Goblin, who's busy trying to collecting the DNA of various Spider-Men, for use in his evil deeds.

"He meets someone who is his hero, and that comes across completely in Donald's performance," says Stephen Wacker, vice president of Marvel Television's animation division. "He's got a real warmth that suits the character really, really well.

"That's the great part about the Spider-Man costume: He can be anybody," Glover adds. "Spider-Man could be a girl. Spider-Man could be an old man. You don't know. So I just tried to be as me as possible, because you're always just going to bring it back to yourself when you watch the show."

And might this voice-casting lead to a live-action casting of Glover as Morales in a film or TV adaptation of Spidey with Miles at the center? Says Glover: "I still have hopes to do something like that one day. I don't look at this as second place. Spider-Man, he's such an icon — you have to do something with him."

The season of "Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors," premieres this Sunday (9 am ET/PT), and the "Spider-Verse" arc of episodes airs next year.

Watch a preview, featuring both Peter Parker and Miles Morales as voiced by Glover (courtesy of USA Today):

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