He might just be the perfect superhero for our current times: A masked crusader whose web slinging has a way of keeping bystanders 6 feet at bay. But UNT Spider-Man's origins far predate the pandemic -- it was back in 2014 that the original New York-bred incarnation swung onto the radar. And while his graduation in 2018 left a Peter Parker-sized hole in Mean Green hearts, a worthy (and equally anonymous) successor has stepped up to assume the mantle.

Q: How did you become the second UNT Spider-Man?

A: When I was a senior in high school and I had just gotten my acceptance letter for UNT, I was super excited, and I looked up stuff about the university on Twitter and Reddit. I saw that UNT actually had a Spider-Man, and me as a cosplayer kind of nerdy kid, I was like, 'Oh my god, that's so cool.' And then I found out he was graduating the year that I was coming in. So I was like, wait -- it can't die.

Q: How do people react when they just randomly see you around campus in costume?

A: I would ride the campus buses in the suit and the bus drivers loved it. There were other people who would make a face and just be kind of rude about it. But I like having fun with it. People will take a picture and tell me, 'You made my day.' And that to me is really what it's all about.

Want to learn more about UNT heroes? Check out Episode 21 of UNT Pod. anchor.fm/unt-pod

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