Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk Into the Spider-Verse Cameos
Warning: Possible spoilers follow for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Donald Glover never got his chance to audition for The Amazing Spider-Man several years ago. However, this didn’t close the book on his flirtations with the Spider-Verse. The “donald4spiderman” hashtag that went viral in mid-2010 partially inspired Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli to create Miles Morales, the first black character to adopt the wallcrawler’s mantle. Beyond serving as the character’s muse, Glover also lent his voice to the animated Miles on DisneyXD’s Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. Of course, Miles is about to make his cinematic debut in next month’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. With this, the film’s producers felt it was only logical to involve the actor/comedian/writer/rapper in some way.
In an interview with Fandango, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were asked if Glover makes a quick appearance during a scene featuring Miles’ uncle, Aaron Davis. That would be fitting, since Glover played the live-action version of this character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Though Miller initially expressed uncertainty over whether they were “legally allowed” to confirm this, Lord was more forthcoming. “We basically wanted to tip our hat to Community and the groundswell of support for the Spider-Man of color that came out of that, and we just thought it was a neat little nod,” Lord said.
“That episode [of Community] was sort of the origin of where Miles came from,” Miller added. “It may or may not actually be in the movie. You have to watch to find out…” The episode they’re referring to is Community’s second season premiere. In its opening minutes, Glover was sporting Spider-Man pajamas in an obvious reference to the aforementioned social media campaign.
Into the Spider-Verse also has the honor of being the first Marvel film to feature a Stan Lee cameo after the co-creator’s recent passing. According to the producers, they wanted his appearance to be profound from the get-go. “Essentially, we really thought since he was the guy who created the character with Steve Ditko that he should really give him something important like a talisman,” Lord explained. “So he gives him the spider suit, and says, ‘There’s no give backs.’ And we thought that was really important.”
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