Superheroes Swarm U.S. Capitol in Quest to Rewrite Record Book

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | April 29, 2014 | 4:16 PM EDT

Awesome Con 2014 has come and gone, but not after embarking on a valiant effort to get its name in the Guinness Book of World Records. The goal: to assemble the largest gathering of costumed heroes outside the Capitol in Washington, DC.

MRCTV's Dan Joseph headed into D.C. to see if he could capture history in the making - where he talked to talked to Doctor Doom, Wolverine, Batman, Emma Frost, and Black Widow as they gathered for this heroic attempt for the record books.

"I think the thing that makes her popular right now is cleavage," "Black Widow" told Joseph when asked about the appeal of her character.

Do these costumed characters consider themselves nerds or geeks - and what's the difference? Joseph surveyed the crowd to find out.

By setting the record in front of the U.S. Capitol, this lifestyle "can be normalized," one cosplayer said.

Still, the previous record set in China presented a daunting obstacle for these superhero enthusiasts and comic book fans (via the Washington Post):

The record cosplay attempt at the Capitol Reflecting Pool at Union Square [was] tied to Awesome Con DC, a three-day festival of comics and pop culture at the downtown Convention Center that kick[ed] off Friday [April 18] at 3 p.m. And you can bet the event [drew]  its own on-site cosplayers this weekend, between the gamers and the Kids' Zone. But this record attempt three hours earlier - where America's mall must draw a horde of Captain Americas - is another level entirely.


So, just how many comics cosplayers does D.C. need?

"The current record data is as follows," [Guinness World Records adjudicator] Nguyen [told] us. "The largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters involved 1,530 participants and was achieved at the opening ceremony of the International Animation CCJOY LAND in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, on April [29], 2011." Washington, in other words, needs to out-geek a major Chinese theme park.

Sadly, they fell short -- way short. Only 237 superheroes and heroines rallied for the cause - about a fifth of the 1,294 people they needed just to match the current record.

Maybe next time, folks.