Not much has been known about what character Donald Glover will be playing in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ though much hope was placed that somehow he might turn out to be Miles Morales himself, and might eventually get to replace Peter Parker as the Spider-Man of the MCU, especially after Glover got to voice the iconic new version of Spidey in the Disney XD series ‘Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors.’ Sadly, none of the trailers released so far have given any hint that Glover will be playing Morales, and in fact, it looks as though Glover might be one of the bad guys in the movie, as one scene released looks like he is buying weapons from Adrian Toomes and company.
According to new information gleaned from the novelization of the film, we have learned that Glover’s character is named “Alex,” and the weaponry he is buying from Toomes’s henchmen is Chitauri in origin, an arms deal that is broken up by Spider-Man, though he leaves Alex behind to hunt down Toomes’s lackeys instead. That’s all of the information we have from the novel, but there’s still some hope here. “Alex” could still just be a red herring name, he could still be Miles Morales and just be using a false identity. All too likely though, he is being set up as a villain for one of the other two installments in the ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy just announced, and we do know of one very well-known Spider-Man villain named “Alex.” Alexander O’Hirn just happens to be the real name of the Rhino, one of Spider-Man’s more famous rogue’s gallery members, and a member of the Sinister Six, should the MCU decide to go down that road. And while it might seem wacky to use the Rhino, seeing Glover play that character could be interesting, especially if their end game is to finally use the Sinister Six as has been teased for years by Sony.
What are your thoughts on who Glover is actually playing in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming?’ Do you think we will find out more about him in this first film? Or is it all just a set up and a tease? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below!