One Medford teenager’s super surprise is still charming the world.
In an homage to one of the superhero cinema’s most iconic kiss scenes, North Medford High School senior Adam Hazelton, 17, dressed head-to-toe as Spider-Man and hung upside-down from his east Medford garage for the Mary Jane Watson of his eye: 17-year-old Jenna McIntosh, also a North Medford senior and Adam’s girlfriend of six months.
“It would be MARVEL-ous to go to prom with you,” a sign taped to his garage said, according to photos Jenna posted on Twitter at 9:03 p.m. May 16. As of Wednesday afternoon, her tweet had garnered 139,984 likes and 35,633 retweets.
“It just kinda blew up on Twitter,” Jenna said outside Adam’s home Wednesday afternoon. She said earlier that day a news agency in India asked for permission to use her photo. Adam said he’s seen retweets in multiple languages.
New York-based lifestyle website Insider shared the story, along with choice retweets commending the creative and good-natured promposal.
“YO GET U A MAN WHO BECOMES SPIDER-MAN FOR U,” one woman tweeted Sunday.
For Adam, becoming that man took months of planning. At Rogue Rock Gym in Medford, he got certified in belaying at rappelling to ensure he’d hang safely from his parents’ garage attic window, in part to put his parents’ worries at ease.
On the evening of May 16, once he was upside-down, primed and ready, Adam texted Jenna, who was inside the Hazeltons’ home, to come out to the driveway.
“She took, it seemed like forever,” Adam said. “She texted me back, like, ‘What if I don’t?’”
She didn’t hesitate at the super sight.
“I’ll say yes if you get down,” Jenna remembered telling him.
Just before prom, the Marvel-themed fun continued at Medford’s Tinseltown, where they saw “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“We went to the movie fancy,” Adam said. Jenna said the movie’s notoriously dramatic cliffhanger ending almost spoiled the fun.
Adam’s mom, Jeri Hazelton, described the proposal as “very Adam.” She said her son’s never done anything big for a girl before. (Corrected)
“He always has big ideas, but this is the first he, like, followed through,” Jeri said.
“It was one of those times I just had to let him be him.”
Adam has taken his offbeat interests further than most before, Jeri said. An interest in “circus-type stuff” when he was in middle school led him to ride a unicycle to Hedrick. He later got a beefier “mountain unicycle” that he’s ridden down Roxy Ann.
The young couple, who met in math class, both have plans to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho eventually. Jenna will enroll in the fall, while Adam will enroll after serving a two-year church mission.
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Correction: The article printed May 24 misspelled Hazelton's mother's name.