ELYRIA — As children and the young at heart entered Atlas Cinemas on Friday, they received a thrill: “Oh, wow, look — Spider-Man!”
Parents were just as awestruck as their children when face to face with superheroes — including Spider-Man, “Electro” and characters from The X-Men.
Friday marked the debut of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” where Peter Parker, aka “Spider-Man,” battles his latest villain, “Electro.”
The third annual Superhero Weekend kicked off Thursday at Elyria Public Library’s West River branch where patrons created their own comic, hosted by the Elyria Comic Book Initiative.
Friday featured an after-school screening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at Atlas Cinemas.
That is where Chance Stratton was with his parents, Erik and Charity Stratton.
“He has been talking about this for months,” Charity Stratton said of her superhero enthusiast son. “Ninety percent of his wardrobe is superhero clothes!”
Every Friday night is comic book night for Chance and his dad, Erik Stratton. “We go to Keith’s Comics every Friday,” Erik Stratton said.
The father-son duo are avid comic book collectors, Charity Stratton said.
“By the time Chance was 2, he knew a lot of the superheroes. He has his own comic collection and is working on his own comic book now,” his mother said.
Nathan Herrington, Atlas Cinemas general manager, said he and Richard Hooper, a co-founder of Superhero Weekend, started planning this year’s superhero weekend in January.
“We talked about what we will do and what we want to do,” Herrington said.
This weekend, Elyria has come together for the first virtual comic book, where the comic book world will come to life in downtown courtesy of Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio.
“It’s really cool for young kids to see the superheroes. It’s a spectacle for them, almost like a baseball game (for adults),” Herrington said.