The Spider-Man accused of hitting a police officer in Times Square is defending the presence of costumed characters in the area.
After a court appearance Thursday, Junior Bishop said superheroes, comic characters, and other performers are an essential part of the flavor of Times Square.
He says the characters make the area what it is, and that children enjoy seeing them.
The 25-year-old is charged with assault after police say he punched an officer in the face on Saturday when he was told to stop hassling tourists for more money.
Bishop denies asking for more money.
Recent reports of aggressive behavior from costumed characters have spurred calls for regulation.