Years after a fan campaign to make him Spider-Man gained traction but didn’t achieve its goal, Donald Glover is finally joining Sony Pictures’ universe of Marvel characters. Glover will star and produce in a film based on Spider-Man villain Hypno-Hustler. Myles Murphy, the son of Eddie Murphy, will write the screenplay.
The Hypno-Hustler first appeared in Marvel comics in 1978 and is one of Spider-Man’s more obscure villains. He has the ability to hypnotize his victims with his guitar as, by day, he’s known as Antoine Desloin, the lead singer of a band called the Mercy Killers who use their music to rob their audiences.
Interestingly, Glover has actually already appeared in a Spider-Man film, as he briefly played Miles Morales’ uncle in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. He also voiced Miles in the 2015 Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man. But for most fans, this will be his real introduction into the series, and it should be incredibly fun to see his take on an obscure, fascinating villain.
The Hypno-Hustler is the latest Spidey villain to lead their own film, following Venom and its sequel, the disastrous Morbius from earlier this year, as well as upcoming projects Kraven The Hunter (due in 2023) and Madame Web (expected to arrive in 2024).
The Hypno-Hustler movie is in the very earliest stages of development, so there will be plenty more news to come, no doubt. Glover will next be seen starring in Amazon Prime series Mr. & Mrs. Smith opposite Maya Erskine (Pen15).