Spider-Man actor Tom Holland was not on set when he swooped in to save the day.
The 23-year-old actor is currently the hottest celeb, with his second solo Marvel movie Spider-Man: Far From Home, set to hit theaters on July 2.
There is much hype around the film's final installment of Phase Three from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, many "graphers" – fans who collect autographs for the purposes of selling them at exorbitant costs on the internet – abandoned all decorum, as they typically do, while clamoring for Holland's signature.
A fan in New York was waiting for the actor's autograph and found herself having a panic attack after being pinned against a barricade by a mob of grown men.
Luckily, Peter Parker came to the rescue.
The lady in distress, with the Twitter handle "Cass," filmed the moment in real time when Holland assured her, "I got you, I got you," as he threatened to throw the relentless graphers' posters on the ground.
She tweeted about the pandemonium.
"This was absolutely INSANE and should NEVER happen....my neck was literally against the barricade with 30 grown men behind me pushing.... ridiculous how people act like you're not only endangering fans safety but Toms as well."
In an all-caps tweet, Cass recounted her experience being caught inside the crowd.
"TOM HOLLAND JUST THREATENED GROWN A** MEN THEN THREW THEIR POSTERS BECAUSE I WAS CRUSHED AGAINST THE BARRICADE HE SAID "IM GONNA THROW YOUR S*** ON THR GROUND IF YOU KEEP PUSHING HER" then came to me and calmed me down and the video HES LITERALLY SO MAD AT GRAPHERS VKSBDKSN WHAT?"
Here's a thought.
The view from outside the frenzy looked like total anarchy.
Cass captured Holland's handiwork in the aftermath.
Turns out, the abandoned paraphernalia belonged to another victim at the scene.
Their account is harrowing.
@NamelessCass I spent over an hour crying because someone dropped something on my shoulder and head so now I have a… https://t.co/rLmLMvGSEY— Christina (@Christina)1561426763.0
@NamelessCass @TomHolland1996 I was there too I was crying because I was happy yet because I was scared. I never wo… https://t.co/Jq8wHQN9Ud— Alex.jazz.sed. (@Alex.jazz.sed.)1561422029.0
Later, Cass realized she missed a photo op with the actor, but the heroic interaction was more priceless than snapping a star-selfie.
She realized later that a freeze frame from a perfect moment was better than any snapshot.
This was not an isolated incident.
At another happening, a different fan caught the actor urging the gathering crowd to calm down.
The concerned people of Twitter expounded on the idolatry getting out of hand.
@NamelessCass And I know the types of "gentlemen" who were behind you. It's the fandom industry which includes fans… https://t.co/gt59D05wHa— Jennifer Leigh (@Jennifer Leigh)1561488729.0
Another fan empathized with Cass and shared a similar experience.
@NamelessCass That’s how it was for me during homecoming press, all they care about is getting things signed so the… https://t.co/XNfjxf0OtD— yessica (@yessica)1561422332.0
Others felt bad for Holland having to endure an uncivilized meet and greet.
@NamelessCass Honestly, Tom Holland is too good for this world, yet we need him. This is the man we love everybody!… https://t.co/JceA8BCT2Q— this simp • is only alive rn coz of Tom Felton (@this simp • is only alive rn coz of Tom Felton)1561454600.0
@NamelessCass @TomHolland1996 iconic. brilliant. incredible. amazing. showstopping. spectacular. https://t.co/v1VOR1ZGBZ— irem⁷ 🤙🏻🐰 (@irem⁷ 🤙🏻🐰)1561423041.0
How do you regulate crowds at meet and greets?
Here are some suggestions:
@jessicawithaY @NamelessCass This is one reason why they should have line up for autographs not crowds and also the… https://t.co/cImTqG2aj2— Laura Daniels (@Laura Daniels)1561474471.0
@myfireescape it is so disappointing that people who claim to be his “fans” act like this. says a lot about the fac… https://t.co/PF6wpajoO9— abbey (@abbey)1561395110.0
@SedJazz @NamelessCass @TomHolland1996 Why didn't security make them all form an orderly queue? That would have bee… https://t.co/sOp1bqfsgJ— Tracy C (@Tracy C)1561472696.0
It's all about respect.
@NamelessCass For the record, if I was there, I’d be a 47-year-old, 6’7” 265 lb man. We are still allowed to be fan… https://t.co/KYF43zLMJm— ChrisIsTheWayILive (@ChrisIsTheWayILive)1561476427.0
Graphers ruin it for the true fans.
@NamelessCass Those guys are just out to get autographed merchandise to sell on ebay and happy to trample on genuin… https://t.co/sCL3yLZktQ— Chris Evans Forum - Fansite 🎬🧢 (@Chris Evans Forum - Fansite 🎬🧢)1561466945.0
@NamelessCass This whole situation is awful, but I'm really glad he tried to help you. If I was a celebrity I would… https://t.co/EpHfib2FiQ— Victoria ♐ (@Victoria ♐)1561468486.0
this seriously hurts. people who claim to be his fans are throwing posters and phones in his face whereas others (s… https://t.co/PyM03KKIhN— lia💘 (@lia💘)1561398535.0
Sure, fame comes at a cost. But a fans' safety should not be subjected to such recklessness.
Holland may not be a physical Titan among his superhero co-stars, but his fortitude in standing up against selfish graphers and protecting his genuine fans makes him one of the most heroic of them all.
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