The ‘Atlanta’ actor will not play Spidey himself, but rather the ‘70s supervillain Hypno-Hustler, who uses high tech musical instruments to hypnotize and rob audiences.
Donald Glover is entering the Spider-Verse! While many fans were hoping the Atlanta actor would portray Spidey himself, Glover will instead star in and produce a film set in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man universe of Marvel Comics characters. Visual effects pro Myles Murphy (Mad God, Black Widow) will pen the script.
The upcoming untitled flick centers on lesser-known villain Hypno-Hustler, who first appeared during the disco era in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man No. 24 in 1978. Leading a band called the Mercy Killers, the Hustler hypnotizes his audience with his instruments to steal their valuables. While many would call the villain one of the worst in the franchise, Glover was attracted to the musical aspect of the character and his lack of cinematic representation.
No stranger to the MCU Spider-Man franchise, Glover previously played Miles Morales in Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man in 2015, as well as a small role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, who may have been Morales’ uncle.
Sony’s cinematic pantheon of Marvel characters also includes Venom, Morbius, and upcoming Kraven the Hunter, Madame Web, and Spider-Woman. No word yet on a release date for Glover’s Spider-Man project.