Our spidey senses are tingling – and they are telling us that Atlanta creator and star Donald Glover is officially signed on to star in and produce a feature set in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man universe. Here's what we know so far.
Glover is set to star as the villain Hypno-Hustler. Hypno-Hustler is one of the lesser-known Spider-Man villains who made his debut in the comic Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man No. 24, in 1978. Hypno-Hustler was created by writer Bill Mantlo, who also created Rocket Raccoon, and artist Frank Springer. He was the lead singer of the Mercy Killers and can perform hypnosis with his guitar. The Mercy Killers would use their hypnotic instruments to rob their audiences. Hypno-Hustler is frequently ranked as one of the worst supervillains. Still, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “…. Sources say Glover sparked to the musical aspect of the character and the fact that he has less Marvel cannon baggage, freeing him to broader interpretations.” We are down to see what Glover will do with the Hypno-Hustler.
Myles Murphy, son of comedian Eddie Murphy, is set to write the currently untitled project. The plot is still very much under wraps. This isn’t the first time Glover has found himself in the friendly neighborhood of Spider-Man. Back in 2012, fans were begging for him to be cast as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man. The role ultimately went to Andrew Garfield, but they still weren’t done with Glover. He voiced Spider-Man/Miles Morales in the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man in 2015. “He also appeared in a very brief role in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: Homecoming (A deleted scene from the movie pointed to him playing Miles Morales’ uncle,)” said The Hollywood Reporter. It makes sense that Glover would be attracted to the musical aspects of the Hypno-Hustler. The Solo: A Star Wars Story actor also goes by his rap name, Childish Gambino, and has dropped multiple albums.
We’ll be watching out for any web-catching news. Until then, be sure to stay tuned as more details about the project are bound to come out.