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Stan Lee on Donald Glover as Spider-Man

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C'mon, this outfit screams nerdy peter parker!
If you’re drawing a big blank on the name Donald Glover, don’t worry…we’ll hold your hand on this one. I’ll admit, he’s a relative unknown in acting circles, but he’s one of the best people to watch on Community along with Chevy Chase and Joel McHale.

Well, if you haven’t heard of the #donald4spiderman trend on Twitter right now. He’s essentially trying to get the casting directors for the new Spider-Man reboot to allow the character to be opened up to non-caucasian actors…and if you already don’t know Spider-Man has primarily ALWAYS been caucasian, no matter what publication or country (except the Japanese TV show).

Spider-Man creator Stan Lee provides a great argument toward allowing him a chance to audition. If you stack that on top of Brian Michael Bendis giving his support for Mr. Glover’s audition…we just might see Spider-Man break his whitewashed streak.

I’m of course not saying that Mr. Glover should be considered for the role based on the color of his skin, not saying that at all. But the guy plays a nerd so well in his comedy that he’d make an ideal Peter Parker in my opinion. I was never a fan of Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of Spider-Man or of Mr. Parker…and you’re talking to the guy who went to all 3 of the movies in the theater.

But enough of my ramblings, here’s what Stan Sez:

this old man will literally kick your ass.

He’s a great actor. I’ve seen him, and he’s terrific […] A lot of my Twitter followers have been saying that he ought to have a chance to audition for the role. So I tweeted back by saying, as far as I’m concerned … anybody should have a chance to audition for the role. I certainly think he should have a chance to audition.

And I didn’t mention this in my tweet, but I’m telling you that I don’t ever want to make it sound like I’m trying in any way to influence the Marvel people as to who to cast in any roles. That isn’t my job. It isn’t in my purview. It’s something I should butt out of and I try to butt out of it – just like i don’t tell them what to do with the movie.

Here’s the point: We’ve already had the Kingpin in ‘Daredevil’ portrayed by a black man, where he was white in the comics, and we’ve had Nick Fury portrayed by a black man where he was white in the comics. But not that many people had seen these characters – not that many moviegoers are familiar with them […] Everybody seems to be familiar with Spider-Man, so I say that it isn’t that it’s a racial issue – it’s just that it might be confusing to people. But that’s a matter for the people at Marvel to take into consideration. I certainly don’t want to weigh in on it in any way, except to say I think Glover is a fine actor.

Seems like the great creator of the series and Larry King lookalike (thanks Iron Man 2 for that joke), has a proper head on his shoulders…but it wouldn’t hurt the old guy to make more of a push to the casting directors to allow a more diverse crowd of actors to audition…can anyone else see Peter Parker played by Aziz Ansari?

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