Holy Spider-Man! Fan Dressed as Spider-Man Gives Pope Francis a Mask

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The world holds countless treasures for Marvel fans, especially when it comes to embodying your favorite superhero character. Spider-Man is undoubtedly the most recognizable hero globally, and one fan just shared their love for Peter Parker with the Pope… Literally!

"Spider-Man: Far From Home" (2019)
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An individual dressed as Spider-Man gifted Pope Francis their own Spider-Man mask during a visit to the famous Vatican on Wednesday. The Spider-Man fan and cosplayer, 27-year-old Mattia Villardita of Northern Italy, was invited to the Vatican and given a VIP seat and audience section of the Vatican’s San Damaso Courtyard.

While it may seem unusual to dress up as your favorite Marvel hero while paying a visit to the Pope, Villardita was given a VIP seat due to his impressive efforts in cosplaying while visiting sick children in various hospitals.

Reuters Showbiz captured the historical moments on camera and shared on Twitter:

A different type of participant dropped in on Pope Francis’ general audience at the Vatican this week: Spider-Man

While meeting the Pope, Mattia Viallardita (AKA Spider-Man) left the religious figure with his own famous image, a Spider-Man mask. In the picture above, you can see Pope Francis giving a smile and kindly accepting the mask while shaking hands with Spidey.

Considering the recent popularity surrounding the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Marvel could not have wished for better marketing that’s completely free (and unplanned!).

Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in "Captain America: Civil War" (2016)
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It’s so refreshing seeing some good news in today’s world, especially when it involves an important figure like Pope Francis. After all, Spider-Man isn’t the only one trying to make the world a better place, and this recent event involving everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man shows that people are still putting smiles on people’s faces for nothing but their own enjoyment.

Did you think Pope Francis loves his new Spider-Man mask? Let us know in the comments below!

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