Because it is actually impossible to pick only one.
How these are not behind-the-scenes images off a Wonder Woman-esque film set I DO NOT KNOW.
I saved my favourite for last.
It’s no secret that I love Spider-Man. But ever since I saw this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man I have been obsessed with Gwen Stacy’s shoes. I need to own them. Screen accuracy would be ideal, but a) I still haven’t discovered what boots those actually are and b) the costume pieces purchased for the film were available during filming — fashion moves on. But even a like version has proven difficult to find, especially for under $300. The fact that it was Summer (in New England) probably has something to do with that, boots are just now appearing in stores again, so my quest is far from over. I will have Gwen Stacy Shoes.
It’s hard for a guy to win Superhero of the Night at a blacktie event. There are those — like Alan Cummings — who go for it and get rewarded for their weirdness (though note that I labelled him a villain). But there’s just not that much play for the boys side. Mostly everybody looks like this:
Now before you go pointing out my Spidey-bias (note: I am totally biased) Andrew didn’t win just because he happens to play a superhero. Wolverine and Cyclops were also there! And NPH did a super-swell job as host. But Andrew gets the title for moments like this:
What do you see, Gwen and Peter?
I can’t with these two.
Recently I was in an airport, waiting to board, and wearing a t-shirt that mimics Spider-Man’s costume. The shirt got a lot of compliments from both friends and strangers and this one chatty (or bored) passenger also waiting to board asked “Why Spider-Man?”. I’m not very good at small talk and the question caught me off-guard so I didn’t have a clever answer; all I could do was tell the truth.
“Because he’s a little guy who does the right thing because it’s the right thing,” I explained. “I really believe in his ‘with great power comes great responsibility schtick’ and it’s my opinion that we all have great power so we all have the responsibility to do good in the world.”
Chatty Guy was somewhat taken aback by this. I’m sure he expected a less earnest and more ‘Spider-powers are cool’ answer. But his follow up was “So…we should all wear Spider-Man shirts?” so I think he appreciated it. We moved on to discussing Captain America ice cream and the stereotype (that I was totally willing to play along with) that over-earnest superfans like myself must be geniuses.
All of which is to say: I have a lot of feelings for and about Spider-Man. And these two…
The Met Ball is the most fun night for fashion every year. Or as the ponies would say: BEST. NIGHT. EVER. Unlike other red carpet events, the Met Ball is about fashion. Fashion takes center stage, legitimately, and so we get:
Coco Rocha as a humanized My Little Pony. Humanizing the ponies in art and cosplay is a huge part of the Pony and Brony fandom (my family is planning it for an upcoming convention ourselves). But I never expected to see it so CLEARLY on the red carpet. Basically, Coco is my fashion hero FOREVER for this.
Although she’s in Fluttershy’s colors, she’s rocking Pinkie Pie’s attitude: this is MY party. But don’t worry, I found the other ponies.
Tony and Pepper were flawless Sunday night, but there were a few other superheroes on the red carpet (not as many as last year, we failed to complete a Bingo). Maybe Gwen Stacey doesn’t count as a superhero?
But Emma Stone does.