Real-life superheroes are something society has valued since time began. The urge to ‘do good’ in the name of obligation is a timeless narrative that has played out time and time again on the big screen.
The world, as we know it today, has many ‘real-life’ superheroes; firemen, policemen, EMT workers, Doctors, and teachers. But when we say ‘superhero’ we don’t necessarily think of them in a ‘real-life’ sense.
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We think of fantasy, we evoke names like Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, and Clark Kent. The mystique and omnipresence of superhero culture is undeniable in our society. It’s as old as the Industrial Revolution – and equally as American as Apple Pie.
Recently, as some of you may already know, America has seen a surge of ‘real-life’ superheroes across the country and in many major cities. They have catchy names like ‘Midnight Jack,’ ‘Red Falcon’ and ‘Bishop.’ They dress in superhero garb and apparently prowl the streets in search of evil being committed.
The aforementioned crew of Midnight Jack and Co. are actually part of a group in Seattle, which along with their partner ‘Phoenix Jones,’ have developed a bit of a cult following amongst a small group of people.
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I have to say, what I’ve seen, it’s pretty inspiring. This isn’t a soapbox, but I will be brief; anytime a person has an opportunity to help someone else, in any shape form or fashion, it’s their personal choice to do so.
Phoenix Jones, Midnight Jack, Red Falcon, Bishop and Westlake recently posted a video on YouTube of an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of November 9th, 2012. In the video, the heroes are confronting some men who were suspected of assault.
In the video, you see the suspects getting loud, boisterous and aggressive in tone. The heroes call the proper authorities and try to diffuse the situation. Time passes and a policeman arrives.
Here’s where things get interesting.
Apparently, in the state of Washington they have a law that allows for mutual agreed combat. What that essentially means is; that two agreeing parties can engage in legal fisticuffs, and the fight ceases when one party no longer remains on his or her feet.
In this particular case, the officer in charge does everything he can to avoid confrontation. But let’s be honest, when you have some drunk, racist, boisterous rednecks wanting to fight – who’s really going to stop them, you know?
Oh, and one final little nugget before you view the video: you know “Phoenix Jones” aka Ben Fodor? His brother is Caros Fodor – professional MMA fighter. Presumably, judging from his skill-set, Phoenix has put in more than a little time training with his brother.
Enjoy the cold, swift hands of justice.
[Thanks to our friends over at Middle Easy for the find]