Is this a real superhero caught on camera?

Nicholas C.

You know, ever since we were young, we've always wanted superpowers. Who doesn't, right? Whether it is the ability to fly, see through walls or incredible strength, we're pretty sure some of you out there probably wished, during your 16th birthday, that someone would grant you a superpower.

Well, it looks like someone in China had their wish come true.

This buzzy video clip from a surveillance camera taken back in September 2012 but has resurfaced recently, causing a huge buzz online recently, most probably because a real-life superhero was caught on cam doing some superhero stuff. As you can see from the clip, it was a quiet, normal night somewhere in China until an old cyclist decides to cross the junction (probably illegally, we don't know). And on the other side of the road, a van was seen speeding towards the cyclist. Uh oh!

Just when you thought things won't end well for the poor old man, that was when the surveillance camera captured a mysterious hooded figure swooping out of nowhere in break neck speed and rescued the man. The driver of the van believes he hit the old man and he immediately stopped his vehicle to look under his van for a bloody mess, only to realise that the cyclist and the hooded hero have teleported to the other side of the road.

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So, was the hooded person a real superhero caught on camera? Who is he/she? What would Nick Fury say? We have so many questions.

After this clip was uploaded onto the Interwebs, many viewers speculated that the hero is an alien with superpowers while others claim it was a work of a master prankster who's very good with CGI.

Whatever it is, our inner geek is praying that we've found a real superhuman with real superpowers, but we are pretty sure this is just some clever marketing ploy. It always is.

What do you think?

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UPDATE: Sorry guys, this video is a hoax. This "security camera footage" is actually a part of a marketing plan for a Chinese online game called 'Zhu Xian 2'.

'Zhu Xian 2' is a hugely successful multiplayer online role-playing games in China, and the video clip was featured on its microsite to introduce a 'real-life' character from the game called the 'Dragon Totem Girl'.

Or, some Chinese top secret government organisation managed to track down the individual and lock him or her up at a lab somewhere, while wanting us to believe it was just a marketing video for a video game. Hmmm, the plot thickens.