In the lead up to Spider-Man: Homecoming, many cast members were shrouded with mystery as their characters' names either remained completely without reveal or were the subject of debate (see: Zendaya as Michelle). In Donald Glover's case, it was the former.
With Spider-Man: Homecoming having hit theaters this weekend, the world finally learned the identity of Glover's character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The actor is portraying Aaron Davis, a character also known as The Prowler. In fact, the Prowler alias was acknowledged in the film by the tech in Spider-Man's suit when it identified the character.
The Prowler first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #78, however, this was Hobie Brown. The Aaron Davis version of the character came under the Ultimate Marvel umbrella, where he is the uncle of the Miles Morales character, who happens to be Spider-Man. As the story goes in Marvel Comics, Aaron Davis committed various crimes with his brother Jefferson Davis. Jefferson, however, learned the error in his ways, while Aaron elected to continue a criminal lifestyle in which he would become known as The Prowler.
"How about that little piece of casting? He's a little old to be Spider-Man," Spider-Man: Homecoming executive producer Amy Pascal said, acknowledging the high demand for Glover to play Spider-Man ahead of Tom Holland's casting. "Can you imagine? He always wanted to be Spider-Man. We wanted to have him in the movie. We were lucky that he wanted to do it."
"He was always amazing, then he blew up right after that," Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige added. "With Star Wars, The Lion King and Atlanta. He's a very hard working guy, and very busy guy. It was awesome."
Director Jon Watts had a particular interest in Glover from the beginning. "I always wanted Donald to be in this movie," Watts said. "That was one of my first ideas, just because I knew ... I remember all the excitement surrounding him being Spider-Man, you know? And I was like, 'If he's going to be in this movie, who could he be?'" The answer to that question ended up being a satisfying one.
However, Glover's role in Homecoming was contained to a few minutes. With a pair of sequels planned for the Spider-Man movie, there is plenty of room for Glover's Aaron Davis to earn an expanded role. "We'll see," Feige said of such an element.
"I hope so," Pascal added. "He's fantastic."
Let's not forget, Aaron Davis does have a nephew in the city.
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You can find the official synopsis for Homecoming below, which has a 4.13 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It also includes Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Kenneth Choi, Michael Mando, Selenis Leyva, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., JJ Totah, and Hannibal Buress.