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Last updated: 9 December, 2014

Most unexpected photos of 2014? Spiderman pays a surreal – and hilarious – visit to Cairo

Remember Peter Parker, the geeky guy behind the world famous Spiderman character? Seems Mr Parker is now facing some serious competition – this time from the busy city streets of Egypt's capital...

The man behind the mask is no American, but 21-year-old Egyptian chef Atef Saad. Together with Hossam Atef, founder of Antikka Photography, Mr Saad has quickly become a local social media sensation thanks to the hysterical Spiderman performance. Dressed in full gear, he has roamed the city streets, hanging upside-down in buses and riding on top of taxi cars. It’s the perfect stunt; and while the real Peter Parker took photos of himself (as Spiderman) and then sold them as a photographer who simply claimed to know Spiderman, Mr Saad and Mr Atef enjoy the benefit of working as an actual team.

But making this project a reality wasn’t always easy. At one point, a big group of super-excited children forced them to run away and during a photoshoot in the Cairo metro, Mr Saad, as Spiderman, had to cover himself in a traditional galabeya in order to avoid public reactions before throwing it on the ground to do his thing…


Your Middle East asked photographer Hossam Atef about their initiative: Is it meant to spread awareness of Cairo’s many challenges, like traffic chaos and failing public transportation, or merely a funny way to bring some humor into people’s daily lives?

“First thing that crossed my mind is making some fun of how Spiderman will deal with this life that we live here in cairo… we are fighting not living, fighting to catch the bus.. fighting the traffic jams, and even superheroes can’t deal with this – but we do,” Hossam explains.


Despite serious issues with urban planning, Hossam still feels strongly for his city: “The best thing about Cairo, in my opinion, is the people.” Well, he and his friend Spiderman surely knows how to bring some entertainment to the people – just look at these photos: