The Guinness World Record for the number of people dressed as Spider-Man in one place has been officially broken. Spidey currently finds himself in an interesting and somewhat unique position when it comes to superhero movies, as not only is Tom Holland tearing it up as the iconic hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Sony is currently gearing up for the release of Venom which, despite not featuring the web-slinger himself, is based on the Spider-Man universe and has the potential to expand into a franchise of its own, if reports of Tom Hardy's three-movie contract are to be believed.
Currently, Spider-Man is also a hot property in the world of video games thanks to the release of Marvel's Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 earlier this month which has since become the fastest-selling Marvel video game of all time. The open-world action adventure game was highly anticipated by Spidey fans and has been hailed as one of the best superhero efforts to hit home consoles, bringing together a wide array of characters from Spider-Man canon into an original story and putting players firmly in the mind and body of the titular hero.
In promotion of Spider-Man on the PS4, Marvel organized an ambitious Guinness World Record attempt at the recent Stockholm Comic Con in Sweden for the most people dressed as Spider-Man in one place. A photo of the record breaking mob was shared by Marvel's own C.B. Cebulski who was present at the event and with 547 convention attendees clad as the web-slinger, the record was well and truly smashed.
As popular as Spider-Man is, that unfortunately doesn't mean that 547 Swedes decided to cosplay as the hero for the convention. It's clear in the above photo that all the people involved in the record attempt are wearing the same Spidey costume - the one featured in the PS4 video game. In fact, convention attendees wishing to take part in the stunt were provided with their Spider-Man suits on the day.
There's a Guinness World Record for pretty much anything nowadays from breaking toilet seats with your head to mass hula-hooping so dressing up as Spider-Man could actually be considered a relatively normal stunt by comparison. But one has to wonder where the line is drawn. Is any character entitled to a Guinness World Record attempt? Could there be a record attempt at a future convention for the most people dressed as Aunt May, for example?
In either case, this latest record claimed by the famous web-slinger only serves as further proof that over half a century since his first appearance, Spider-Man resonates as strongly with fans as ever and continues to be one of the biggest draws in comics, movies and video games.
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Source: C. B. Cebulski (via Twitter)