Hundreds of people arrive on the National Mall Friday to try to set a world record for the largest group dressed as comic book characters gathered in one location. The event was organized by Awesome Con 2014, a comic book convention that will take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend.
Charissa Kirsch is dressed as the Black Widow from The Avengers series.
An attendee dressed as the Scarlet Witch waits to be counted by the Guinness World Record officials.
Ultimately, the group fell short of the record, but not for lack of superhero power.
Five-year-old Pilot Jack Henderson poses as Captain America.
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Hundreds of people gathered on the National Mall Friday to see if they could break the Guinness World Record for the largest group dressed as comic book characters ever assembled.
It was the kickoff to Awesome Con 2014, a comic book convention that will take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. In the end, the group came up short by several hundred people to break the world record.
But with so much superhero power concentrated next to the U.S. Capitol, NPR had to ask: Did the caped figures have any advice for Congress?
Sometimes a superhero is what you need when you're talking about a place with so much fighting and gridlock, where special interests try to win at the expense of the common good.
Gleaming in the sunlight stood a tall, brawny figure with long golden hair. And lots of pads for muscles. Here's what Mighty Thor, the god of thunder, had to say to Congress: "Get your act together or we're going to send the Hulk to smash."
Thor — aka Greg Elrod of Gaithersberg, Md. — noted that this was one of the least productive Congresses in history.
"Loki gets more done asleep than Congress does," Elrod added, referring to Thor's adoptive brother and archnemesis.