Theo is riding his bike downhill … FAST!
He’s wearing his Spider-Man body suit and riding his shiny new Spider-Man bike in a moment of supreme Spidey overkill. But we don’t care. He’s out of the hospital where he spent the previous night in an asthmatic haze. And besides the dahlias and the sun are out.
We hear a voice. It’s Theo’s friend Bryan, age four-and-a-half.: “Hey Theo! Stop!”
Theo screeches to a halt.
Bryan, who is wearing a Spider-Man sweatshirt – call it small boy solidarity- yells (despite being right in front of Theo) “Are you the REAL Spider-Man?!!”
Theo looks at him quizzically (as in um … come on dude it’s me Theo). Bryan asks again “So? Are you the REAL Spider-Man?!”
Theo says “No. I THEO! I not the REAL Spider-Man!” (sic)
Bryan: “Well Black Spider-Man isn’t the REAL Spider-Man.”
[Sudden spike in blood my pressure … Huh? What? Whoa? Where is this going?]
Bryan: “Yea, Black Spider-Man is Ed.”
Theo looks at him slightly confused and says: “I got a bike! A Spider-Man bike!”
Have you ever had an interaction that left you completely speechless?
Addendum: I’m not sure who Ed is (random 4-yr-old comment perhaps) but Miles Morales is the first black/hispanic Spider-Man.