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!
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
— Reuters Showbiz (@ReutersShowbiz) June 23, 2021
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!).
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.
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