The world is not devoid of superheroes. To back up our hyperbolic statement, there is Mangetsu Man from Japan who fights grime instead of crime. And now, we have the British Spider-Man, an anonymous samaritan who helps homeless people in Birmingham with food and words of comfort. All we know is that the 20-year old has a day job as a bartender, while by night (twice a week) he dons his renowned costume – not to solve crimes, but to conscientiously help people. This aid translates to buying sandwiches to strangers on the pavement, and also having a friendly chat with some of them.
The groundwork for this man’s outstanding citizenship was already laid years ago when he started doing volunteering work. But to notch it up on the diligent level, he had begun wearing the famed superhero costume only a few months back. This gimmick certainly brought some well needed attention to the young man’s cause. As our humanitarian in spandex says –
Before when I was handing out food, no one would take a second look. But when they see Spider-Man handing out the food they come over and ask what I’m doing and are really interested. Most importantly [they] become inspired to get involved themselves.
And interestingly enough, the anonymous hero seems to follow the comic book tropes by actually changing his costume in the deserted alley ways. In any case, in spite of the attention that his Spider-Man avatar has brought, the 20-year old refuses to take donations from others. The reason being a philosophical one, which entails a community effort, instead of just a lone ranger doing his job –
I’ve learned that everyone is the same, we’re all part of the human experience. I believe that we need to look at everyone as humans and help each other the same as we would a close friend.
You can actually follow the anonymous hero in Twitter here.