Donald Glover to play Spider-Man villain Hypno-Hustler in new Sony Pictures film

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Image source: Instagram/NERDstrell Atlanta star Donald Glover wants to play Spider-Man villain Hypno-Hustler in new film

“Atlanta” star Donald Glover is reportedly set to produce and feature in a film related to Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man universe of Marvel Comics characters. The upcoming film will revolve around Hypno-Hustler, one of the lesser known Spider-Man villains, sources told entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter.

Miles Murphy, son of veteran actor and comedian Eddie Murphy, is attached to write the currently untitled project. Formed by Bill Mantlo of Rocket Raccoon fame, the hypno-hustler was the leader of a band called the Mercy Killers and used hypnosis techniques on his audience at their musical instruments in order to rob them.

The character, whose real name was Antoine Delsoin, was a product of the disco music scene when he first appeared in the comic book ‘Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man No. 1’. 24′ in 1978. According to industry insiders, Glover — a rapper also known by the stage name Childish Gambino — was attracted to the musical aspect of Hypno-Hustler and has less Marvel canon stuff.

His name has been doing the rounds of Spider-Man over the years, most notably in the 2012 film “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which eventually saw Andrew Garfield take on the role of the webslinger. However, in 2015, Glover voiced Spider-Man/Miles Morales in the Disney XD series “Ultimate Spider-Man”. He also appeared in a very brief role in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” starring Tom Holland.

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Sony, which holds the film rights to Spider-Man and related antagonist characters Venom and Morbius, is developing films on Madame Web and Spider-Woman.

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