He hops, dashes, and jumps off terraces, buildings. He bends, cartwheels, flips on the streets wearing a spiderman suit, leaving people in complete amazement.
22-year-old Takam Todo is Arunachal Pradesh’s real-life superhero whose stunts have left people asking for more.
A resident of Itanagar, Todo started parkouring by watching "random videos" on YouTube. Parkour is extremely challenging and includes running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, plyometrics, rolling, and quadrupedal movement—whatever is suitable for the situation.
"I love action. I enjoy parkouring...it is so much fun. Who doesn't love the adrenaline rush? I was around 15 years old when I started learning parkouring and basic gymnastic moves by watching the videos on YouTube. I don't have any such professional training," Todo said while speaking to ND24.
Todo's 'Spiderman' antics began two years ago while he was pursuing a diploma in civil engineering in Pune. He bought the superhero costume online and swung into action by posting videos of him performing the daredevil stunts.
After the imposition of Covid-19 induced lockdowns and restrictions, the views on his YouTube videos and followers on Instagram began to rapidly increase.
The video titled ‘Spider-Man Jumping in Pune’ has over 25.6 million total views so far on YouTube, where he has over 78,000 subscribers.
A die-hard fan of the 'Spiderman' film series, Todo uploaded a new video of parkour moves 24 hours before the teaser of 'Spider-Man: No Way Home’ was released on August 24.
"I love Spiderman. As a child, I enjoyed reading Marvel comics. While studying engineering, I used to perform parkour on the streets of Pune. The Pune policemen used to encourage me a lot. I have also trained in the police training camp in Pune," he said.
When asked about the dangers associated with the stunts, Todo said, "I don't think what might go wrong. I just enjoy the moves. I precisely calculate my moves and then go out there to execute them. I have jumped off buildings, terraces. I once jumped across two buildings which were 10 feet apart."
Todo, who plans to pursue BTech, says his parents are supportive of his cosplay acts.
"Earlier, they used to worry a lot but not any longer. Now, my parents just ask me to be careful. I have also taught basic moves to my brother and sister," he shared.
Toko added, "Whenever I step out of my house, the children call me 'Spiderman, Spiderman'. It makes me happy and proud. The superhero will always be a part of my identity."