Community star gets dream job to voice Spidey on TV

A tale of two Spideys.

A tale of two Spideys.

In an amazing twist of celebrity, Community star and rapper Donald Glover has gotten to voice Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man, in the Disney XD animated series.

As it’s Glover that was the original inspiration behind the alternate universe Spidey, written by comics star Brian Michael Bendis, this is a treat for fans and the actor himself.

“That’s the great part about the Spider-Man costume: He can be anybody,” Glover told USA Today. “Spider-Man could be a girl. Spider-Man could be an old man. You don’t know. So I just tried to be as me as possible, because you’re always just going to bring it back to yourself when you watch the show.”

Check out the clip below as Peter Parker (voiced by Drake Bell) meets Miles Morales, voiced by Glover.

This isn’t the first Spider-Man television show by any means. Your friendly neighborhood Spiderman has been in no less than twelve series, starting with the iconic 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, through the 1977 live-action TV series and the more recent 2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man and currently airing Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.

Glover made headlines in 2010 when he took to Facebook and Twitter to get an audition to play the role that finally went to Andrew Garfield. Community show-runner Dan Harmon gave Glover the go-ahead to wear Spidey pajamas in a season two episode of Community, a brilliant off-beat comedy that aired on NBC for five seasons and now is heading to Yahoo! Screen for a sixth season.

Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis saw the show and created Miles Morales, the first black Spider-Man, and the rest is history. Well, future history, at least.

The new season of the Disney series Ultimate Spider-Man premiers this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET/PT, and the episode with Peter Parker and Miles Morales will run sometime next year.

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