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Marvel Cosplay do’s and don’ts for Comic-Con

Fun doesn’t have to be disrespectful.

words by: Alee Kwong
Jun 30, 2022

It’s Comic-Con season, and if you’re in a pinch and looking for something to wear to San Diego Comic-Con in July, or starting to plan out your costume for New York Comic-Con in October, you’ve come to the right place. Cosplay is such a fun and inventive outlet to express your love for your favorite character, but there are some costumes that are generally not cool to wear.

 

Cosplay is no easy feat. If you want to go hardcore and make an ultra-realistic costume, that will usually take 6 months minimum to prepare and complete (so we hope you already started). But if you are looking for something in-between or something you could pull together out of your closet, that’s 100% doable.

 

Do: Peter Parker/Spider-Man

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Peter Parker has many variants of himself and each of them inevitably become Spider-Man. Whether you’re the beer-bellied Peter B. Parker from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, or MCU Spider-Man, you can’t go wrong with this webbed red and blue classic.

 

There are a variety of Spider-Man suits available online from printed suits to super detailed, textured suits. If you don’t feel comfortable being in a skintight bodysuit, you can opt to dress up like his secret identity Peter Parker.

 

Over the years, Peter Parker has looked different in the comics, but a good go-to look is a white collared shirt, a tie, sweater vest, some round wireframe glasses, and don’t forget a camera!

 

Don’t: Miles Morales/Spider-Man

 

Right out the gates, if you aren’t Black or Afro-Latino, Miles Morales isn’t for you. Unlike other Spider-Man variants, Morales’ Afro-Puerto Rican identity is very important to the character and defines who he is as Spider-Man. Sure, Morales’ Spidey suit is arguably one of the coolest (next to Spider-Man 2099), but it belongs to him and his community.

 

Again, if you’re not into wearing the skintight Spidey suit alone, Miles Morales’ take on Spider-Man gives you the option to change it up. You can pair your black and red suit with a blue bomber jacket, a red hoodie, and a pair of Jordan 1s to match.

 

Do: Loki

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I’m a little biased, but I think Loki is one of the easiest and most fun cosplays you could do. Loki has taken on many forms and those forms have existed in many different universes. As we saw in last year’s Loki, there’s a wide variety of directions you could take your costume in.

 

You don’t even have to stay true to the official variants. You can literally make it whichever way you want. You could be the OG Loki from Earth-616, Loki with the bicycle handlebars on his helmet, Kid Loki, Boastful Loki, President Loki, or even Lady Loki.

 

If you’re favoring the variant route, you can pull just about anything together that works for you — just make sure that you incorporate gold, green, and other earthy colors. The only thing you might need to buy is his signature horned crown.

 

Don’t: James Proudstar/Warpath

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You get where I’m going with this, right? James Proudstar (AKA Warpath) was born on the Apache reservation at Camp Verde, Arizona. He’s a Native American character from the Marvel repertoire and should only be represented by people from the Indigenous community. If you are doing a group costume effort and want to include more Indigenous superheroes, Warpath has a brother from the short-lived Second Genesis group of X-Men by the name of Thunderbird.

 

Do: Vision

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Vision is for everybody. He’s a synthezoid! This one might not be the easiest costume to pull off. But believe it or not, you have options with this one. If you don’t have time to put together Vision’s suit and cape from the MCU, you have the option to go for his more comic-accurate look: A green bodysuit, yellow cape, yellow briefs, yellow boots, and a big ol’ yellow diamond in the middle of your chest.

 

If you want to go a little more obscure with it, try keeping the classic Vision paint job and opt for his WandaVision dad outfits throughout the decades.

 

Don’t: T’Challa/Black Panther

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If you aren’t Black and you go for this one, you truly give no f*cks. Black Panther was created by Marvel Comics for Black people. There’s absolutely no way around this. The story revolves around a hero who rules over a kingdom that has been untouched by colonization and thrives. The comics and the MCU film champion Afro-futurism.

 

While the people of Wakanda want to share their resources and technology with the rest of the world, that doesn’t mean it’s theirs to claim and parade around. If you can’t get your hands on T’Challa’s Vibranium suit, you could just Marvel-bound (dress in a similar color scheme or theme) and rock his necklace with a Black Panther-esque fit.

 

Comic-con first-timer? Here’s your guide on how to plan your trip. (From one con-goer to another, do not, under any circumstances, spend all your money on the first day).

 

Photos via Marvel, Sony, Kirsten Acuna/Insider