Donald Glover On Being An "Easter Egg" In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Back when Sony Pictures were looking to cast their Peter Parker, Donald Glover was one of the names which came up through a campaign on Twitter. Despite not landing the role, there is an easter egg featuring the actor in the reboot and here's what he had to say about that.

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By Josh Wilding - 4/9/2012
Donald Glover's race made him a controversial casting choice with fans when he decided to campaign for the coveted role of Peter Parker. However, both director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield have since expressed admiration for the star of Community, with the former recently letting slip the fact that they had included an easter egg featuring the actor somewhere in Peter Parker's bedroom.


Talking to MTV Splash Page, the actor said: "I was pretty aware of the Easter egg that Marc Webb put in there because he asked me—I guess when they were filming it—if it was ok to do it. I was like 'Sure.' For some reason, I didn't think they needed to ask my permission, but I guess they did. So there's some stuff in Spider-Man's bedroom that's reflective of his musical or television taste."

While he may know something about the easter egg, he wasn't willing to let slip any specifics. ""I don't know. I'm not allowed to talk about it. I had to sign some stuff, but I think it's pretty dope." He jokingly added, "He has all the '30 Rock' DVDs, and he has my name circled on all of them. It's like a 'Cape Fear' thing where he's doing pushups and stuff and it's kind of like he's out for me."

STARRING:

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors/The Lizard
Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben
Sally Fields as Aunt May
Denis Leary as George Stacy

RELEASE DATE: July 3rd, 2012.


Source: MTV Splash Page
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imnotahero - 4/9/2012, 5:29 PM
As long as there isn't too much attention drawn to the easter egg it sounds fine.
airbeyonder18 - 4/9/2012, 5:30 PM
Just put him in the miles spidey costume some day lol.
P862010 - 4/9/2012, 5:31 PM
the 1 comic character want him to play is

Alex Wilder for Marvel's The runaways

he is literally perfect for that role
Knightrider - 4/9/2012, 5:35 PM
A small scene where he is called Miles would be cool, never has to lead to anything, as I am sure we will never get his version on the big screen anyways, but be a nice nod to the fans of the new character
Asterisk - 4/9/2012, 5:36 PM
So, Peter Parker likes Community? I wonder if he likes Arrested Development too...
Mrcool210 - 4/9/2012, 5:42 PM
maybe hes playing the prowler
kevberg - 4/9/2012, 5:42 PM
F#$k this guy.

Im sick of his boo hoo'ing. oooh he did get to be spider man...yeah and theres thousands of actors and fanboys that wanna be too.
I wanna be the guitar player for GNR but it aint happening either but i ain't crying about it.

and Peter parker is white, Blade's black and sos luke cage, Static, Black Vulcan, Black lightning.

Glover, find another role and get over it.
SotNatt - 4/9/2012, 5:43 PM


Cool...cool, cool, cool.

I was in full support of this idea, when it first came out. For a black Spider-Man (awesome) AND that it would be played by Donald Glover.
kevberg - 4/9/2012, 5:43 PM
"he didn't get to be spider man"....return the edit button dammit.
GUNSMITH - 4/9/2012, 5:44 PM
HE'S FUNNY, HIS STAND UP WAS HILARIOUS
superotherside - 4/9/2012, 5:44 PM
Ok...
GUNSMITH - 4/9/2012, 5:46 PM
NebOmen - 4/9/2012, 5:56 PM
This dude is amazing on all creative aspects!
JackJNapier - 4/9/2012, 5:59 PM
Dumbest idea ever. lol anytime i hear of a white actor playing a black man or an asian man you hear the term "white washing" how come when it happens the other way around it's just white people being ignorant.
GerMan - 4/9/2012, 6:00 PM
i´ve read out. i thought it´s danny glover from the lethal weapon movies
DudeLove721 - 4/9/2012, 6:00 PM
I thought it was already confirmed in another article on here that he was on a poster in Peter Parker's bedroom? I could've sworn I read that somewhere. Oh and I don't think the actor is crying about not getting the part, he's just commenting on a [frick]ing cameo... jeez.
Andrew128Tou - 4/9/2012, 6:02 PM
Wow, strange news day, I just made this spiderman movie intro with Donald Glover as Spidey last week,
SotNatt - 4/9/2012, 6:05 PM
@Gambit89

The character of Shaft is grounded in a subculture of the black community, so it's not necessarily a matter of skin color as it is a representation (and exploitation) of the black community.

Same thing for T'Challa (Black Panther) who is from an indigenous AFRICAN tribe. So, yeah, casting Jason Statham would be weird as holy [frick].

ON THE OTHER HAND, James Bond, Wonder Woman, AND Spider-Man are NOT characters that are significant for their racial identity. For example, Spider-Man's background is not dependent on his race, only that he lives in New York.

And, as every informed person knows, New York is a melting pot of different cultures and ethnic groups.
SotNatt - 4/9/2012, 6:25 PM
@Just1Superguy

Hippolyta and Zeus (mythological characters) are only white because their depictions have ever only been white. Zeus and Hippolyta were never real people, who really existed as two, WHITE, mediterranean-based individuals, and, had they been, they'd have probably been on the more olive skinned side anyway.

GREECE!

Again, Peter Parker doesn't have to be black, but making him black would not be the end of the world either. It would have been awesome, in a wholly unique and different way.

James Bond, I agree...


TrueRedBlue - 4/9/2012, 6:48 PM
Marc Webb is doing a fantastic job creating the Spidey universe!
SotNatt - 4/9/2012, 6:50 PM
"I'm a black man and even I think that's a horrible idea.Leave the iconic characters alone...that crap worked for Fury, but it's not flying with anyone else."

@KamenRiderJ22

Why, necessarily?

Like, is this an ascetic thing (the character's only appealing when they're white or something)? And, if so, do you find your own race so visually obstructive/distracting that it, somehow, threatens the essence of the character?

Also...why does it only work for Nick Fury?

This is, just, strange...of a lot of you.

Why is someone's race so important that it makes or breaks your idea of a character? Because It's always been that way?

So had slavery (any, in many places, still is) for centuries.

Not a very good reason, in my opinion.

Yikes!...I'd hate to see how unchanged the world would be if comic book readers offended by a mere race change were running things. *shivers*
LaputaHeir - 4/9/2012, 6:57 PM
CHILDISH GAMBINO!!!
Andrew128Tou - 4/9/2012, 7:00 PM
If a superhero wears a mask all the time, perhaps that's why it's easier for people to identify with them of any color and dream of fighting crime some day. Comic book movies are today's form of greek mythology and having something greater to look up to. I've loved almost all incarnations of spiderman I've seen and would have no problem with another version with Donald Glover or another race. It is strange that nerdy fanboys that are typically outcasts in some form are also racist. They of all people should understand how crappy it feels to be called names. Just saying..
MrDuck - 4/9/2012, 7:01 PM
Marc Webb already said Andrew hung a picture of donald Glover in Peter's bedroom
chucksome12391 - 4/9/2012, 7:02 PM
I would like more Black heroes in film but I only like the race change if its someone that isn't meant to be one race. Nick Fury is a great change but we have so many Black heroes to hit the big screen. Cyborg, Luke Cage, Black Panther Steel(done right), Black Lightning, Static,Falcon all need some kind of film presence.
NebOmen - 4/9/2012, 7:05 PM
Whitewashing? Such as a white Goku for instance?
SotNatt - 4/9/2012, 7:08 PM
@KamenRiderJ2



...Since when does "change" equal "fix"? Those two words aren't entirely synonymous with each other.

It has nothing to do with slavery itself, but, in 19th century America, one of the many beliefs behind the continuation of slavery was that it'd had always been that way. So why change it?

That's not a good mindset for anything, whether it be something extremely serious, like slavery, or something as silly as a comic book character.
GreyChaos13Zero - 4/9/2012, 7:08 PM
@GUNSMITH

loved that video, I think he'd make a great Miles Morales?)
SotNatt - 4/9/2012, 7:09 PM
@NebOmen

Tch...I had no problem with that. I had every problem with that film sucking, though.
mgeoff88 - 4/9/2012, 7:11 PM
I didn't support him to play Spider-Man, but I still think that's a nice touch.

If he wants to play a superhero, he should play Static. He has the right personality to be a great Virgil Hawkins/Static.
Misterfan - 4/9/2012, 7:14 PM
@ superduperness bro's got a point.
SotNatt - 4/9/2012, 7:16 PM
@mgeoff88

AGREED. Hands down.

But DC would never get their shit together enough to bring out a live-action Static.
NosferatuZodd - 4/9/2012, 7:24 PM
What is wrong with white being white and black being black? This progressive bullsh*t drives me fuc*ing crazy!

spiderman is white. if he wasnt than he would not be.

james bond is white. if he wasnt than he would not be.

black panther is black. if he wasnt than he would not be.

They maybe just be characters in comics and books and movies. but they were made white or black by the people that created them. to say you cant change the race of shaft or black panther because of black/african culture but you can peter parker or wonder woman because they are white or greek is...just stupid.
Jaspion - 4/9/2012, 7:32 PM
It's simple, we want to see the characters as they were made, or at least as we've known them for the most time.

It's not a matter o racism, we just want their appearance to be respected.

Gosh, we don't even like when they make changes on their costumes..
JackJNapier - 4/9/2012, 7:37 PM
@SuperDuperness
lol you are batshit craxzy, why the hell are you bringing up slavery? Dude you called Zues and Hippolyta made up characters, but by the same token so are characters like Black Panther and Shaft. So if Zues doesn't have to be "whiteish" then Shaft and BP don't have to be black. I mean you can't have your cake and eat it to.
SotNatt - 4/9/2012, 7:42 PM
@NosferatuZod

These views, as I see it, stem from a clear misunderstanding (or disregard) for possibly why characters like Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and James Bond are white to begin with.

When it comes down to it, it's a matter of creator reflection. The creator of these characters are white, so, naturally, these characters will mirror the race of their creators.

Secondly, all three of these characters were created in an eras where "White" (generally Anglo-Saxon) people were not only considered the majority but were also the mass market of consumers the creators wanted to appeal to in order to sell their works.

Wouldn't do any good, if 1960s deep south refused to run your comic because it featured a black man/woman as a superhero, after all.

So...profit, basically.

Take that into consideration, and you'll understand why a LOT of characters we still hold so near and dear after all these years are white...

I've also grown tired of people using white as the "default" race for brilliant characters that could just as easily have been black, latino, asian, middle-eastern, etc...
thewonderer - 4/9/2012, 7:49 PM
Wow whats with the Donald Glover hate here?

The guy is talented in singing and acting and is hilarious! Sounds like a much better spidey than Garfield

Too bad everyone here is still living in the 1970s to see it
SotNatt - 4/9/2012, 7:56 PM
@JackJNapier

I say Shaft should be black only on the grounds that the character is, in essence, a blatant representation of a particular kind of black man in the late sixties -- early seventies.

Also, considering the film Shaft is a BLAXploitation film, the very definition of which is drawn from immortalizing a very narrow perspective of the black community...

(SideNote: None of the James Bond films were Whiteploitation films. And neither are any of these comic books.)

Mm...perhaps I shouldn't have used slavery as a comparison, considering you (and others) seem to be missing the point. Slavery, throughout history (not just enslaved men and woman who originated from Africa), has been "the way things always will be" of mankind. Like the world's oldest profession, but that doesn't make the practice of slavery any better just because it was "the cool thing to do" at the time.


As for Zeus and Hippolyta...yes, I can have my cake and eat it too, because I'm not insinuating that their races should be changed, just that they've only ever been represented as white when, because they aren't REAL, they could have easily have been tanned-, darker-, or olive-skinned.

Especially as the region that these mythological figures come from is one of tanned, darker, and olive-skinned individuals.
johnnydeppthroat - 4/9/2012, 8:00 PM
how about for diversity you just create more interesting and famous black characters instead of changing races. That's more insulting i think, that they can't come up with better characters that aren't white.
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