To be sure, social networking is a pretty powerful beast. First Facebook got octogenarian actress Betty White to host Saturday Night Live. Now, we are seeing the next push: Community‘s Donald Glover as the first black Peter Parker.
That’s right, the Facebook group Donald Glover 4 Spiderman, which already has over 11,000 members, and Glover’s Twitter followers are making the push for the be-speckled comedian to step into the web-slinger’s shoes (or are they footies?) in the series reboot.
According to EW, the whole shebang got underway when Marc Bernardin of io9 put up a blog post titled “The last thing Spider-Man should be is another white guy.” This led to Glover tweeting about the post and birthing the hashtag #donald4spiderman into the world. Glover then followed his tweet up with a blog post supporting the idea and promising to buy everyone a Mini Cooper if he got the role. Seriously, Mini Coopers.
But Donald doesn’t exactly want the role. He just wants Sony to give him a shot.
“Some people are mistaken,” he tweeted. “I don’t want to be given the role. I want to be able to audition. I truly love Spider-Man.” Of course following it up with one of his #donald4spiderman tags.
We all know it’s a joke. Donald. The followers. The group. They all know. But wouldn’t it be something if Glover was at least considered for a role in the gentrified, pasty genre of superhero flicks. It couldn’t be half as bad as Spider-Man 3 was.
All I can say is bring on the red spandex for Glover, and the Mini Coopers. Don’t forget about the Mini Coopers.