The Boys of Comic-Con

Posted on July 28, 2014

In a reversal of our normal opinions on such matters, Comic-Con is one of those celebrity venues where a boystar in jeans and a t-shirt might actually get a compliment from us. It’s a place where dressing up can make you look like you don’t want to be there or don’t get what it’s about.

Having said that, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. The stars are not attendees, after all. They’re entertainment industry pros trying to sell a product. Do the casual thing, by all means. But don’t come looking like a slob.


Chris Evans
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We originally offered up a tepid “Meh” at the sight of this, but after we saw the rest of the boys in this post, we were forced to admit that it’s one of the more put-together of the looks. We dig the sneaks. And the pecs.



Chris Hemsworth
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HORRIBLE. Talk about hiding your light under a bushel. The public wanted Thor arms, Chris.



Benedict Cumberbatch and Andy Serkis
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Orlando Bloom
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It’s alright. No complaints.



Grant Gustin
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Adorable. This kid gets it.



Jeremy Renner
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Bleh. That shirt’s doing nothing for him.



Luke Evans
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Ian Somerhalder
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A little douchey, but on point.



Channing Tatum
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This is very disappointing, Channing.





[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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  • ashtangajunkie

    Grant Gustin (whoever the heck he is) wins the outfit round, but Luke Evans (and his questionable moustache) takes the “hummina hummina” category. Should have shown us the guns, Thor.

    • marlie

      There is nothing questionable about that mustache. It’s just right.

    • Frank_821

      Grant is the star of the Flash which is the Arrow spinoff

      • ashtangajunkie


    • Kitten Mittons

      Grant FTW. Love it all the way down to the lived-in Converse shoes.

      • ohhoneyhank

        He’s just SO CUTE. OH MY GOODNESS.

      • Clere Norrey

        I love that cardigan. I’ve been wanting to get one for my boyfriend.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Do it do it do it! My hubs would never wear one, it’s most definitely not his style. But I will live vicariously through you.

          • Clere Norrey

            With a driver cap to wear with it! He.probably won’t wear them either, but it won’t hurt to try.

    • M_E_S

      His jacket was off at the panels and you COULD NOT LOOK AWAY from the biceps. I mean…my God…

      • Ibarra

        It was literally as big as Mark Ruffalo’s head.

    • RumCam

      Luke’s ‘stache is for a movie he’s currently filming.

  • mrspotts66

    ian needs to remove the hat.
    chris hemsworth needs to remove the jacket.
    hell, they all need to remove everything from the waist up.

    /sexist post.

    • Glam Dixie

      There are a couple of fellows up there that I have zero interest in seeing shirtless, but overall, what an epic post this would have been and how greatly improved!

    • Shawn EH

      I think Ian only takes off the hat when he has lines!

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I don’t know what in Luke Evans and Jeremy Renner’s faces that immediately brings to mind “pirate,” but I think that every time. But #HeyBooHey Chris Evans. I don’t know if I’m getting soft in my old age, but Cumerbatch has been looking less alien lately- did he dye his hair?

    • FrigidDiva

      I get pirate too. I think it’s the whispy facial hair, or at least it is for me.

    • WendyD

      Benedict’s hair is his natural auburn right now.

      • Jaeda Laurez

        oh, i didn’t know that was his legit hair color. Much better than the black.

    • evave2

      The spot where Renner is standing gives him a curlicue in his hair. I realized it was the background but he looks like the little boy with a curl.

  • marlie

    Chris Evans – look great, IMO.
    Cumberbatch and Serkis together made me laugh out loud, but in a nerdy good way.
    Luke Evans – also no complaints. I need a minute…
    And I thought the douchefumes were strong with Orlando Bloom until I came to the picture with Ian Somerhalder. Yikes.

    • demidaemon

      I know he gives off the douchefumes but I still find Somerhalder very attractive.

    • alice20c

      I propose that Orlando Bloom gets a pass on any non-criminal offenses for the month of August, as a reward for punching Justin Beiber.

  • Frank_821

    Yes there’s casual and there’s slob. These for the most part are adequate

  • Crystal

    Awww I think Cumberbatch looks cute!

    Orlando Bloom always looks like a douche to me. He and Franco and Adam Levine. Maybe it’s the hair product.

    • Grumpy Girl

      I am so laughing, like is there a disclaimer on the label of certain products for the douche factor? Or something that is considered a virtue by douche-minded fellows?

  • Wendi126

    Nerd definition has evolved. In my day ‘the genuine nerd’ was totally unfuckable.

  • Glam Dixie

    Chris Evans, be still my heart.

  • Kitten Mittons

    Ian, you’re trying so hard, but it’s just….off. Some suggestions:

    1. Remove at least half of your current amount of blush
    2. Lose the hat
    3. Uncuff those pants
    4. Lose the shoes, galoshes aren’t necessary indoors
    5. Quit looking like Rob Lowe and freaking me out.

    • Karen Belgrad

      I was just about to post about #5. Seriously… have they ever been photographed together? Are we sure that Ian isn’t just Rob’s persona for when he takes Dorian Gray out of bubble wrap?

      • Kitten Mittons

        That’s a very interesting theory. We should test it somehow….

    • SugarSnap108

      He is Rob Lowe with more blush. It’s true.

      • Kitten Mittons

        The similarity is just….weird. It does kind of creep me out.

      • FrigidDiva

        If he keeps it up he’s going to start looking like Rob Lowe in Behind the Candelabra.

        • Jacob Bowen

          That’s LITERALLY what I was thinking! He is totally Rob Lowe as Liberace’s plastic surgeon!

    • FrigidDiva

      The cuff on those pants is what bugs me the most. The smirky look on his face–I don’t think he can do anything about that, it’s his natural, resting face–but it still bugs the heck out of me.

      • Kitten Mittons

        I almost included a #6 about losing the smugitude. If Rob Lowe can get around without being so smirky, so can you, Ian.
        That cuff is ridiculous.

        • FrigidDiva

          That is very true, Rob Lowe does manage to look like a normal human being with out the constant smirk. Maybe Ian has smirked too much and now every mothers dire warning has come true–his face HAS frozen like that.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Oh, I bet you’re right!
            I bet she warned about making Rob Lowe faces, too. Look how that turned out.

          • FrigidDiva

            That made me giggle.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I shall quit while I’m ahead, then 🙂

    • Grumpy Girl

      As the mother of a very rosy-cheeked young man, I give him a pass on the “blush.” But the cuffs have got to go. And the shoes with that shirt. Those shoes, with the striped pants, are almost calling out to Beetlejuice.

      • Kitten Mittons

        I really dislike those shoes. And none of his clothes look lived in. Grant’s clothes are nerdy, but they look like his own, which is part of why his outfit is such a Win for me.
        And with the cuff, it stumpifies his legs tremendously.

        You may give him a pass, but I’m standing firm. Based on what I’ve seen, Ian likes his makeup thick, and I’m taking a stand.

    • formerlyAnon

      I think he’d be fine if he just accomplished #5.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Alas, I think that’s the only one he truly can’t accomplish.

    • alyce1213

      Ian Somerhalder, douchey, PERIOD.

  • Mr. J.

    Ian & Rob Lowe–what is the connection? Because there is one.

    • Kent Roby

      I was just typing that there absolutely must be a project where Ian plays Rob’s son.

  • Ashleigh

    Chris Evans proportions are absolutely I N C R E D I B L E ! !

    • sugarkane105

      That’s why they call him Dorito!

      • FibonacciSequins

        Do people really call him that? It’s perfect.

        • sugarkane105

          I just learned of that nickname for him today – apparently it started on Tumblr. “Chris Evans Dorito” was probably one of my strangest Google searches to date.

          • FibonacciSequins

            I just googled that. If you add Downey’s name to the search, you’ll find a Comic Con interview where he says “All right, Dorito” to Chris. Ha!

          • fursa_saida

            Yup. Somebody eventually did a photomanip to superimpose a Dorito over his torso (they swore up and down they didn’t change the proportions at all, just the scale) and it fit PERFECTLY.

          • demidaemon

            Coco Montrese will be suing him for trademark burglary shortly.

  • Grumpy Girl

    Grant just looks so fucking happy to be there, that of course he wins.

  • FrigidDiva

    I don’t care how big of a celebrity you are, but wearing house shoes outside of the house just induces rage in me. Benedict, I’m looking at you. Now go put some real shoes on.

    • WendyD

      He was wearing flipflops at other points during the day. 😉

  • SugarSnap108

    Ian Somerhalder appears incapable of turning down the douche dial.

    I have no idea who Grant is, but he is so adorkable.

    • Tina Power

      Grant plays Barry Allen in the new FLASH series (based on the comics) on CW. He did a few eps of ARROW last season as the character.

    • lunchcoma

      It’s really rather unfortunate, because what I know of Ian Somerhalder suggests that he’s not a douche. He’s just very devoted to dressing like one.

  • random_poster

    How do I just like the post? Not the clothes, just the post of general eye candy?

  • Thomas

    Chris Evans and Orlando Bloom for the win.

  • Carolina E.

    Benedict gets points for wearing a Pink Floyd’s shirt… And Luke ‘douchey’ Evans: my body is ready… The others… Bitch please.

  • WendyD

    Hemsworth lost the jacket for the Avengers panel at SDCC and Mark Ruffalo was picking at Chris’ arms, so then he was flexing and there are pics gifs of it all over the interwebs and it’s serious Thor Arm Porn.

    • ajhan

      I came here to say the same thing. I was sitting with a bunch of straight guys in Hall H that day and even they were goggling at how massive Hemsworth’s arms are.

      • WendyD

        Jealous comment is jealous that you were there!!! He really is Thor.

  • Kent Roby

    It’s a tie for the win between Chris Evans and Grant Gustin. (Hell, who am I kidding; in this world “hot with pecs” always breaks a tie for the win).

    • 25or6to4

      And don’t forget about “perfect butt” — there’s a reason why so many tumblrs are devoted to documenting the finer details of Captain America’s amazing ass!

      • fursa_saida

        Weirdly, his ass does nothing for me. It seems so tiny in proportion to the rest of him.

        • 25or6to4

          One of the many struggles of being a Dorito, I suppose…

        • julnyes

          That is why Anthony Mackie calls him “Captain Small Ass”

          • fursa_saida

            Mackie is very possibly the best person alive, and Sam Wilson is the perfect man.

            …I have a teeny crush.

          • julnyes

            A worthy crush! I ate up all the footage of him and Sebastian Stan at Philadelphia Comic Con. They were both incredibly sweet to the fans and clearly having fun with each other.

  • Qitkat

    Ian is trying to get his Neal Caffrey on, and failing; only with a suit, fellow, the hat goes only with a suit.

  • Anna

    Grant is so adorable. The rest are meh for me, but he looks exactly like the type of guy I’d have a crush on when I was going to university, that cardigan he’s got on looks like pretty much the perfect “boyfriend cardigan” to me.

  • NBG

    Chris Evans at a press event looking happy. Wonders never cease.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Bless you, Uncles. I’ll take Chris Pine out of this line up. Followed by…all the rest.

    • colleenjanel

      I think you mean Chris Evans?

      • Jessica Freeman

        Distracted much? yes. That one you said. And Christ Pine, too.

        • demidaemon

          That sounds sacrilegious.

          • Jessica Freeman

            LOL. I was really struggling yesterday wasn’t I?

          • demidaemon

            Maybe. 😉

  • didgerdoni

    I cannot with Luke Evans and his Carol Brady hair. I love Orlando Bloom and always manage not to notice any douchecanoery from him, but fully admit I love him because he’s Legolas and for no other reason. Mmmm, elf.

    • Shawn EH

      Legolas excuses a lot. One of those cases where the character outshines the actual person.

      • demidaemon

        Agreed. All his other appearance do nothing for me but get him in elf drag and I’m swooning.

        • Shawn EH

          Even in the Hobbit, where he was much colder, he was still amazing.

    • didgerdoni

      Yes, I’m replying to myself. But it’s only because I have to add that my friend just pointed out that Luke Evans is also sporting Mike Brady’s terrible mustache. He is a Carol and Mike Brady mash-up.

  • smayer

    Luke Evans looks more like Orlando Bloom than Orlando Bloom does.

  • MK03

    What were you saying? I was too busy drooling over Andy Serkis to listen.

    • Shawn EH

      He and Benedict are like soccer dads who still read comics.

  • Kimberlini

    Ian is one of those guys who I know is great looking but does nothing for me. It doesn’t help that he dresses like a douche.

  • *Shifts in seat to hide lady-boner*

  • Kimberlini

    Chris Evans looks great….he even looks like he smells good. Yum.

  • Violentcello

    Ahhh, that’s better. I’ve been waiting for a Chris Evans post all week.

  • HobbitGirl

    Ugh. Orlando Bloom showed up looking like that “cool uncle” who really isn’t cool anymore because he’s 40-something and no longer a dudebro but desperately still wants to be one.

    Also, the Chrises here should have gone shirtless.

    • FrigidDiva

      I think that’s probably the best description of Orlando Bloom I’ve ever read.

  • Riley_Roo

    I cannot get past the leather jackets, long sleeves and sweaters. It is H.O.T. in Southern California right now, even in normally cool San Diego.

    • julnyes

      I give them a pass on the sleeves and leather because convention centers are FRIGID.

      • Janet B

        I’d give them a pass on the jackets, if they were good looking and flattering.

        • julnyes

          you have a point.

  • Shelby

    Aw, Grant is the cutest.

  • mjude

    that was fun. luke & grant nice! loves me some Orlando…cant help it.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Chris Evans is such a cutie. LOL at Cumberbatch in a Pink Floyd shirt. Hemsworth is a disappointment; it would have been so easy for him to look swoon-worthy. Ian Somerhalder looks (as always) like a douche. The rest of them are varying degrees of nice to look at.

  • Anglow

    Do Chris Hemsworth and Channing Tatum have short legs or do the picture angles make them look that way?

    • FibonacciSequins

      I’m not sure about Channing, but Chris Hemsworth is delightfully proportional. It’s just the photo angle here.

    • Wink

      I think it’s the camera angle because ALL of them look like they have short legs.

  • Shawn EH

    C’mon, Jeremy, if the Flash can find a Superman tee, surely Hawkeye can dig up a “Hulk Smash!” or a “Ms. Marvel” from somewhere or other!?

  • madscntst

    Channing was disappointing? Really? The only reason I would be disappointed is because he’s not wearing a loin cloth, and only a loin cloth. But then, I’m tacky that way.

  • Wink

    Channing Tatum reminds me of the hot and friendly technician at Jiffy Lube. Time for an oil change.

  • MilaXX

    The only disappointment for me was Helmsworth. Maybe I’m feeling generous but the rest get a pass from me. So e look better than others like Chris Evans & Grant, but the rest are okay.

  • Tuneful54

    I love the way the graphics behind them blend in with some of them and make them look like their hair is gelled up into a point, like Martin Short as Ed Grimley.
    I must say, Jeremy Renner especially should stay away from grooming that makes him looks like he needs a bath. I feel like I can smell him all the way from here.

  • Dandesun

    If it helps, Hemsworth showed off the Thor arms at the Avengers panel. And it was magnificent.

    I like Evans’ look but he has struck me with having the ability to pull that sort of thing off. I like the grey shirt/sneakers combo with the blue pants. And, yes, his proportions are incredible.

  • Kimmu

    Hemsworth actually did go most of the con in a t shirt and vest, so the guns were on full display. Mark Ruffalo kept feeling him up

    • julnyes

      The Avengers castmates as a whole are very grabby with each other … I like that about them.

      • MsMajestyk

        Agreed. I found a pic of Chris Evans and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and it looks like Evans is grabbing T-J’s pec. I squeed.

        • julnyes

          There are pictures of Chris Evans grabbing the left boob of all his (male) co-stars… always the left boob.

          • fursa_saida

            I guess his own left boob was feeling overworked.

      • Kimmu

        Chris Evans and his love of left boobs <3 Though of course my fave out of all of them is Hiddleston and Hemsworth's at this point I'm just gonna say it's an actual romance. Never stop touching each other. Never stop.

        • demidaemon

          I would buy that US Weekly if it ever existed. 😉

          • Kimmu

            That US Weekly exists in my head. I have to admit that I am not really all that excited about Age of Ultron, for both story reasons – I don’t like Ultron and it already looks like it’s going to be Iron Man 4 – and because the poledancing is just not going to be the same without all of the Hiddlesworth action happening leading up to it. It’s just not the same.

          • demidaemon

            No, no it is not. 🙁

  • what not

    I can’t handle Jeremy Renner with facial hair–it always makes him look like baby Sean Penn to me.

    • Mr. J.

      Jeremy looks like he needs to take a shower and find another t-shirt.

  • Amel

    Orlando looks to be in the early stages of Johnny-Deppism! SOMEONE DO SOMETHING, friends don’t let friends turn into windchimes!

    • Morgendorffer

      I said the same thing on a post of him a while back. Maybe they spent too much time together on those Pirates movies and it just wore off on him.

  • Katie

    I think the problem with Somerhalder is less that his outfit’s douchey (and it definitely has whiffs of la douche), but that he just has resting douche face. Poor kid…

  • Call me Bee

    Ian whatshisface is a “little” douchy??!?! Nah–a lot douchy. In fact–the lighting is so bad in these photos I hardly recognize these guys. Eh–whatevs.

  • Freynika

    I’ve never been much into Benedict Cumberbatch, but now he holds a tiny preppy place in my heart with that Pink Floyd t-shirt. It also helps that it’s one of the more obscure graphics from the Wish You Were Here album.
    Ian Somerhalder looks infinitely punchable. Pants *or* hat, dude, not both.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    As a whole the Marvel panel peeps were styled to look like a team, and it worked (esp once Chris H lost the jacket and Chris E pulled his sleeves up!!)

  • lunchcoma

    Orlando Bloom’s outfit is NOT alright. He’s in San DIego in late July, and he’s wearing a leather jacket.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    One big collective yawn, but then, it’s Comic-Con,and to expect anything else is setting oneself up to be disappointed.

  • KendraMR

    “The Boys of Comic-Con”? I only saw Chris Evans. ::wipes drool::

  • …still can’t believe I’m supposed to buy Channing Tatum as Gambit…

    • julnyes

      what?!! WHAT!! I, can’t … what! How is he Gambit? Gambit always reminded me of a young William Baldwin. I just don’t see it, but I could be wrong.

  • alyce1213

    I’ll complain about Orlando Bloom. He’s got too many jingly-jangles hanging (Johnyy Depp?), he’s wearing a leather jacket in San Diego in the summer, and his hair looks greasy.
    Ian Somerhalder looks like a complete douche, from his hipster hat to his hipster boots, and everything in between.
    Grant Gustin is quite adorable and Benedict looks unpretentious, again. (About his suede loafers: I have the same shoes [only smaller and cuter with a darker sole] that I bought over 30 years ago for $15 at a Nina outlet. I still wear them from time to time. They’re classic, easy to slip on, comfortable to run around in, and look great with jeans or the right trousers.)

  • KT

    I lol’ed at your caption for B-Cum and A-Serk (as no one has ever called him): “nerds.”

    Why is everyone wearing sweaters and leather jackets?! It was SO FREAKING HOT there!!

    I actually think Jeremy Renner’s shirt is working for him, Luke Evans needs a haircut and some moisturizer STAT, and Ian Somerhalder looks like a MEGA DOUCHE.

    Channing looks like Channing. So heterosexual in a “I don’t quite know how to dress myself” way.

  • How do you wake up knowing you are going to Comic Con and decide to wear gray? Unless you are cosplaying vintage Batman/cartoon Catwoman, there’s no excuse.

  • Kz Spot

    You say nerds like it’s a bad thing. There is such a thing as “casual” and “too casual” and I’m very disappointed Cumberbatch chose “too casual” .

  • butterflysunita

    Channing Tatum, aka Charming Potato, is looking especially potato-like here.

    • oldscrumby

      Should be Charming Tater, and yes, he looking very Ohio’s best in that shot.

  • suzq

    I’m craving Andy’s shoes and Grant’s sweater. I would wear them together.

  • MichelleRafter

    Ian Somerhalder- Rob Lowe=separated at birth?

    • ktr33

      for 1/10 of a second, I thought it was Rob.

  • siriuslover

    I was too busy looking at the Men of Outlander to notice any of these gents. Seriously, Tobias Menzies was swoon worthy, and Graham McTavish, Sam Heughan, and producer Ron D. Moore all in kilts!

    • in a pickle

      Where is that photo spread?? I so hope they’re going to do that show right.

  • Mantastic! <3

  • e jerry powell


    Dudes, you’re talking about FREAKING COMIC-CON. “Nerds” is a badge of honor.

  • LaPiquante

    The suede must have gotten hot. Hemsworth figured it out later:

  • Pterodactyl111

    Chris Evans’ blue pants really bring out his eyes.

  • LadyVimes

    I will take one Benedict, and both Chrises (Chrisii?) please. Just as they are.

  • nycfan

    My opinion of Chris Evans improved a great deal after seeing Snowpiercer. And he looks like he put in some effort here.

  • Bernadette

    Luke Evans w/ that porn stache NO!

  • Sara McMurray

    Who is Luke Evans? All I can guess is that he’s Randy Travis’s son.

    • Gloriana Reginata

      Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug (and also the next one due out Christmas). Fast and Furious 6, as the villain. Before those two, a string of awful films in which he was outstandingly the best thing, most noticeably against John Cusack’s limp performance in ‘The Raven”