We have exactly 9 months before we get to meet the new Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. And we've certainly heard a lot about Tom Holland taking over the role in the press. With all the hype, we've also been hearing a lot about Spider-Man impersonators. Just this summer, we all watched as a man dressed as Spidey fought a heckler in Times Square. The real-life Spider-Man is back in the news today for an act of bravery befitting the Marvel superhero (though, we're pretty sure it's not the same guy in costume from NYC).
A Spider-Man impersonator was dressed and on his way to a kid's birthday party, when fate handed him the chance to become a real-life superhero. As luck would have it, he happened up a young couple who desperately needed his help. UK paper Eastbourne Herald tells this story of a pregnant woman who was rushing to get her partner to the hospital. During their high-speed ride, the car suddenly burst into flames. The couple and their 3-year-old child were forced to pull over, and became stranded on the side of the road.
It all started when Stephen Grant, 39, cut off his finger in a lawnmower accident. Lucy Day, 36, hurried him into the car and away they went. When the car suddenly caught fire, they found themselves in desperate need of help. And that's when Spider-Man appeared out of the blue, offering his assistance. What was turning out to be a very bad day for Stephen and Lucy suddenly took a turn for the very weird. She said this about the incident.
"You have to laugh. When you are having a bad day and suddenly you see that. I did think it was a bit strange, but in the heat of the moment I wasn't really thinking about it."
The man who ended up rescuing them is child entertainer Tom Roche. He works for the UK based company Party Time Wishes. And he was on the clock when it all went down. About his role in the crazy accident, the 24 year-old, who was driving with his girlfriend at the time, had this to say.
"We could smell unburnt petrol and could see smoke pouring out from under the car. It was like something out of an action film, I was expecting the car to explode at any second. We tried flagging them down and when they stopped I was shouting at them to get away from the car. We called them over to us and they got in the car. She was saying 'we need to go to hospital', so we drove over there as quick we could. All this while I was dressed in a full-body latex Spiderman costume."
Spider-Man was able to get Grant to the hospital in time for them to successfully reattach his finger. At this time, the cause of the fire is still unknown. Fire services who arrived on the scene later in the day blame a mechanical fault. The couple tracked down their real-life superhero to offer him thanks. It was just all in a day's work for this local neighborhood Spider-Man!