As the battle pitting the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against galactic supervillain Thanos unfolds on screens worldwide this weekend when “Avengers: Endgame” premieres, Maine’s mightiest heroes are on a quest of a slightly smaller scale.
Most weekends, the members of the Pine State Heroes, a Maine-based group of superhero mega fans, suit up in their costumes and head to conventions, movie premieres, fundraisers, parades and other events — mostly, in order to put smiles on kids’ faces.
Justin Fletcher, 35, a Waldo County native who founded the group in 2017, has costumes for Spider-Man, and for Cyclops from the X-Men, but these days, he’s usually donning his Captain America suit — a custom-made costume that he needs help to put on.
Superhero costumes can be relatively simple, but it’s the time commitment, attention to detail and knowledge of the character that take it to the next level —- from a basic black catsuit to a fully realized version of Avengers super spy Black Widow.
“The costumes themselves do take a lot of time and maintenance,” Fletcher said. “And we have to maintain a certain level of quality. You can’t just wear a Halloween costume. Our Doctor Strange is as close to the movie as he can get.”
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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