British police respond to report of ‘gunman’, find Winter Soldier cosplayer

Can you really blame people for being scared of the Winter Soldier?


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Nov 9, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 4:35 pm CDT

London police responded to reports of a gunman on Saturday, only to discover that the gunman in question was a Marvel superhero.

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Police were called after people spotted a Winter Soldier cosplayer in the business district Canary Wharf, carrying what appeared to be a gun. The 29-year-old cosplayer was reportedly on his way to a convention, and while it’s fairly obvious that he’s wearing a costume, we can’t really blame people for being intimidated by someone dressed as a menacing HYDRA assassin.

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The Mirror posted video of the cosplayer being led away by police, who kept his gun—believed to be an air rifle— for forensic examination.

This isn’t the first time a cosplayer has attracted the attention of the police, and it probably won’t be the last.

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H/T Mirror | Photo via Marvel

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*First Published: Nov 9, 2015, 9:39 am CST