Now that Atlanta, his brilliant rap drama, is over, Donald Glover will be heading to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the so-called Childish Gambino in the music world will produce and star in a Spider-Man movie for Sony’s Marvel franchise (Venom, Morbius). But it is a rather strange and surprising project since the spin-off will return to a very little known villain of the House of Ideas, often considered one of the worst villains in the history of the Weaver by fans, a certain Hypno-Hustler. Created by Bill Matlo, to whom we also owe more popular characters like Rocket Raccoon, Antoine Desloin alias Hypno-Hustler (literally the hypnotist hustler in French) appeared for the first time in 1978, in Peter Parker’s comic book number 24, the Spectacular Spider-Man. He is an opponent of the Spider very strongly inspired by the disco music that was playing in all American nightclubs at the time. Hypno-Hustler is also the leader of his own group in the comics, Mercy Killers. See also on Konbini In terms of powers, Antoine Desloin is a human capable of hypnotizing people with his guitar and even practicing a hypnosis of mass if he performs with his group. He also hides knives and sleeping gas in his shoes, so he’s sort of a cheap and kitschy version of Mysterio. Apparently, it is the musical aspect and the relative unpopularity of the character that would have seduced Donald Glover, who thus does not need any significant contribution from the comics to write his own story (but also potentially to avoid having to Link to Sony’s Spider-Man Universe). Donald Glover is currently working with Miles Murphy, Eddie Murphy’s son, on the script for the as-yet-untitled film. However, it joins a busy schedule from Sony and Marvel, with the upcoming arrivals of Kraven the Hunter (October 4, 2023), as well as Madame Web (February 14, 2024) and Spider-Woman (2025).
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