Moving on from DC comics, we have the other comic book giant Marvel who also has a superhero movie coming out in May. This one is titled Captain America: Civil War and it pertains to Captain America squaring off against Iron Man. They also have X-Men: Apocalypse coming out later that month which will sadly not have Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Nevertheless, while DC Comics is better known for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and a few others, Marvel has more superheroes you’re probably more familiar with. Marvel Comics is responsible for bringing superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, Hulk, Deadpool, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man. You might also be more familiar with teams like the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Inhumans, and my personal favorite the Guardians of the Galaxy mostly because the movie was funny and Star Lord has such a great taste in music. Seriously, the music just makes the movie, trust me. And let’s not forget villains Dr. Doom, the Enchantress, Ultron, Doctor Octopus, Thanos, Magneto, and Loki. Most of these characters operate in the Marvel Comics Universe with locations mirroring real life cities.
Marvel Comics as we know it was founded by a man named Martin Goodman in 1939 under the name Timely Productions and later Atlas before it assumed the Marvel name in the 1960s. Its first issue would appear in October that featured the Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner which was a great success with 900,000 copies sold. That year Goodman would hire his wife’s cousin as an office assistant who’d later become editor in 1941. That man was Stanley Lieber who’s now known as Stan Lee. He would hold that position for decades except for the 3 years he served in WWII. Also, in March 1941, the Captain America would make his debut which led to 1 million sold. However, most of Marvel’s best known superheroes wouldn’t make their debuts until the 1960s like most of the Avengers (Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye), some of the X-Men (with Professor X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman), Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, the original Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man. Even still, others wouldn’t be added until the 1970s like Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Blade, the Punisher, Storm, Luke Cage, and most of those you see in the Guardians of the Galaxy except Groot (who appeared in 1960 but wasn’t a member then. Neither would the others until the 2000s). Rogue, Emma Frost, and Kitty Pryde would debut in the 1980s. And Deadpool would appear in the 1990s. Oh, and characters like Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, and Hawkeye were originally written as villains.
As with the DC Comics, it’s not unusual for Marvel fans to dress up as their favorite superheroes for conventions. And while costumes are available, many tend to make their own. And yes, there are cosplayers among the ranks. Some even bring their whole families. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of costumes inspired by Marvel Comics.
- Seems like the X-Men are older than I originally thought.
Actually these are the Steampunk X-Men. This consists of Gambit, Professor X, Wolverine, and Jean Grey. Or is it Rogue?
2. Apparently, Loki is plotting something with the tesseract.
Despite being seen as a villain in the MCU, Loki is more of a trickster in Norse mythology. And he wasn’t seen as Thor’s brother either. Either way, I’m sure he was quite popular.
3. “Pikapool, I choose you.”
Now that’s just the worst Pikachu I’ve seen. Still, it’s pretty funny since it’s Deadpool.
4. Wolverine’s claws can slice through almost anything you can imagine.
He can also heal himself, by the way. So that means he’s almost indestructible. Also, he’s the most iconic of the X-Men.
5. Seems like someone is ready for Easter.
This is a cosplay that combines Hugh Jackman’s characters of Wolverine and the Easter Bunny. And yes, it’s hysterical.
6. When you need a spy to climb on walls, Spider-Woman is your gal.
Spider-Woman first appeared in 1977 and was in 50 issues of Marvel Spotlight. Where, at the end she was killed. Her character was relaunched in 2015.
7. Elektra surely knows her way around with her daggers.
Elektra is an assassin as well as a love interest of Daredevil. However, her violent nature and mercenary lifestyle divide the two, for good reason.
8. A baby wolverine is said to be a very rare sight in nature.
Okay, this is a baby dressed as Wolverine with little fangs from the arms. But still, so cute.
9. Among X-Men villains, there are no women as well known as Mystique.
Mystique is a shapeshifter who can take a form of any person and mimic their voice with excellent precision. She also can appear fully naked in a PG-13 movie (though you don’t see some bits).
10. Deadpool seems to dress like quite the gentleman.
However, a gentleman he is not. However, he’s said to be a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary. Yet, he’s also known to be quite funny.
11. As an Avenger, Black Widow is skilled with high tech weaponry and gymnastics.
However, she’s also one of the most screwed over superheroes as far as Marvel is concerned. So far she’s appeared in Iron Man, Captain America, and the Avengers, and hasn’t gotten her own movie. Also, she doesn’t appear in a lot of merchandise.
12. Avengers family, assemble.
Yes, this is a whole family dressing up as the Avengers. However, I almost didn’t use it due to the dad wearing blackface make up. Sure he’s supposed to be Nick Fury, but still. It’s racist.
13. As a mutant, Emma Frost is sometimes seen as the White Queen.
She was initially a villain and as a leader of the Hellfire Club. She later ends up with Cyclops.
14. When fighting crime, Daredevil doesn’t let his blindness get in the way.
Daredevil’s early life is a tragic one. His mother left him when he was a baby. After being blinded by a radioactive substance, his dad (who raised him) was later killed on a gangster’s orders.
15. I’m sure this girl is bound to cause a little storm.
Because she’s Storm from X-Men. She’s the first black female superhero to play a major or supporting role from either Marvel or DC.
16. Luke Cage is always available as a Hero for Hire.
Luke Cage is one of the first African American superheroes of Marvel. He’s known to have superhuman strength and unbreakable skin.
17. When it comes to the X-Men, Jean Grey always plays a significant part.
Jean Grey is the only female founding member of the X-Men. She’s also a very powerful psychic. Can be nice but don’t hurt her loved ones.
18. There is no better bounty hunter in the galaxy than Logan Fett.
This is Wolverine matched with Boba Fett from Star Wars. Has metal fangs and a jetpack.
19. Guess Rogue isn’t a huge fan of solitaire.
Rogue is a rather unstable mutant who can involuntarily absorb powers, strength, and memories. For a while, her inability to control them almost drove her insane.
20. This baby Hulk is very hard to resist.
Of course, you don’t want to make him angry. Seriously, when it comes to tantrums, Hulk babies are the worst.
21. Ms. Marvel can shoot fire from her hands.
There are actually a few Ms. Marvels. The first one was Carol Danvers who first appeared in 1968.
22. Nobody can ever resist the cuteness of dancing baby Groot.
This is Groot when he appears in the end of the movie. Still, this costume is adorable.
23. Captain America never goes into battle without his shield.
Which he sometimes uses as an overly large discus. Nevertheless, he’s one of Marvel’s best known and most enduring superheroes.
24. Due to her immense powers, Jean Grey is also called, “Phoenix.”
And like a Phoenix, she’s said to die and resurrect several times. So if she falls, she will be back.
25. Mystique is always distinctive by her blue skin.
And thanks to CGI, she can fight with absolutely nothing on her. However, those who dress like her have to wear a suit.
26. “I am Groot.”
Groot is a plant creature from Guardians of the Galaxy. “I am Groot,” is practically all he says. But he is good at following directions, even when he’s not supposed to.
27. Man, Iron Man sure has a nice suit.
This seems quite fancy compared to his other suits. Not sure if it’s good for fighting bad guys though.
28. And where would Captain America be without his Peggy Carter?
Yes, she was his great love. However, you know this isn’t going to last. Because he’ll be spending decades in suspended animation.
29. As a super villain, Galactus is known to drain energy from living planets.
By the way, he’s the primary antagonist of the Fantastic Four. However, his outfit sometimes makes it hard to take him seriously.
30. From Avengers: Age of Ultron are Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.
And this is how the 2 appeared in the movie. They weren’t referred to as such though.
31. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Cattain America: the first feline patriotic superhero.
Yes, this is a cat dressed up as Cap. However, I’m not sure if it possesses the same patriotic spirit.
32. Who knows where Iron Man would be without his Pepper Potts.
Because Pepper Potts loves him so much that she’s willing to do everything for him. However, they don’t end up together in the original comic series though.
33. From Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora is a trained assassin.
Like Black Widow, Gamora was also screwed out of the merchandising. Also, I’m sure her green skin will attract the attentions of one James T. Kirk.
34. For the Avengers, there is no foe more notorious than Ultron.
Yes, he’s a living automation and was voiced by James Spader. Still, this is an incredible costume.
35. As we know, Spider-Man always has to have his Mary Jane Watson.
Mary Jane wasn’t Spider-Man’s first love interest or his only one in the comics. But she’s the one most associated with him and soon becomes his wife.
36. Here we have Jean Grey and Wolverine sharing a moment at the fireplace.
I guess this is only in Wolverine’s dreams. Because I know she’s already with Cyclops.
37. If you need a brutal guy who’s willing to kill, then the Punisher is your man.
The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime. It’s said he was driven into doing such from the deaths of his wife and 2 kids. Nevertheless, the guy is in serious need of therapy.
38. Before the debuts of Luke Cage and Storm, the only black superhero in Marvel was Black Panther.
And no, the guy wasn’t named after the Black Panther Party. Rather his name derives from an all-black tank battalion in WWII. But yes, he’s a badass.
39. “I let Gwen Stacy die!”
No, Peter, you didn’t kill Gwen. You weren’t the one who threw her off a bridge. Besides, she probably died from the fall, anyway.
40. When it comes to Gambit and Rogue, sometimes they can’t live or live without each other.
While their on-again, off-again romance is said to be rather dysfunctional, both tend to be incredibly messed up people. Maybe that explains why they love each other.
41. Oh, look, a little wasp.
It’s a little girl who’s dressed like Wasp from the original Avengers. She’s not the Avengers movie. But she’s in Ant-Man. Also, she can fly as well as shrink, too.
42. As its sentry with all-seeing and all-hearing powers, Heimdall is always on watch for any attacks on Asgard.
In Norse mythology, Heimdall is said to be the whitest of the gods. However, he’s among the darkest in the movies since he’s played by Idris Elba.
43. Seems like this guy’s going to be a little supersoldier.
However, as of now, he’s just a super diaper filler. Still, this is just so adorable to see a baby Captain America.
44. “I am Iron Man. The suit and I are one.”
Even when you look at this, you’d almost think it’s made of metal. It’s not.
45. Apparently, Emma is doing some light reading.
A lot of the Emma Frost costumes tend to be rather skimpy. Sure this shows skin, but at least it’s tasteful.
46. Apparently, he’s a bit a of a little daredevil.
Actually he’s Daredevil. But the same logic applies. Still, he’s so adorable.
47. Okay, what the hell is Spider-Man doing with Captain America’s shield?
This is a Spider-Man and Captain America mash-up. The suit’s in Captain’s colors and the shield has a spider on it.
48. As far as the X-Men are concerned, Nightcrawler surely has a tail.
Sure he might seem like a demon, but he’s said to be a strong Catholic. But he’s also kind of a trickster as well as very entertaining. Played by Alan Cumming in the films.
49. With Tony Stark’s suit, Wolverine is now virtually indestructible.
Yes, this is a combination of Wolverine and Iron Man. And yes, the claws go through the suit.
50. The Ghost Rider is often a rather fearsome fellow.
He’s somewhat of a supernatural biker with flaming hair. Sure he’s frightening to look at. But he seems so badass.
51. While DC has Aquaman, Marvel has Namor the Sub-Mariner.
Sub-Mariner is the son of a sea captain and a princess from Atlantis. Though good natured, he can have a short fuse. And he does tend to misguidedly attack people on land, too.
52. Among the X-Men, the youngest among them is Kitty Pryde.
The pet she has with her is a little dragon called Lockheed. Don’t ask me where she got it from.
53. Looks like Peter Parker decided to dress in layers today.
Well, he’s wearing his Spider-Man suit over civilian garb. But underneath that Spidey suit is a regular teenage boy with regular teenage problems.
54. The Scarlet Witch can certainly cast her own spell.
And she seems to be rather popular among cosplayers as well. Maybe it’s because of her outfit. I don’t know because I found a lot of people dressed up as her on Pinterest.
55. Of course, while the Scarlet Witch is lovely, she only has eyes for Vision.
He’s an android and she’s a bit of a, well, witch. But they seem to look great together if you ask me.
56. If you like the old-school Wolverine from the 1990s, you might like this guy.
I’m sure some people might prefer this Wolverine which was his standard look for a long time. But I prefer the Hugh Jackman version for obvious reasons.
57. Didn’t know that Venom was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
He’s not. He’s just using the agent in question as a human host. It’s said to be among the greatest threats to humanity in Marvel along with Magneto, Dr. Doom, and Red Skull.
58. If you like girls with green hair, you might enjoy Polaris from the X-Men.
As a daughter of Magneto, Polaris has inherited his electro-magnetic powers. But unlike him, she uses them for good. Also has some mental health issues.
59. Seems like Nightcrawler and Mystique are having a good time together.
Mystique is also his biological mother who abandoned him when he was a baby. Then again, knowing what Mystique did to Rogue it was probably for the best.
60. Apparently, She-Hulk is through with rule books.
As Jennifer Walters, she’s a cousin of Bruce Banner and only has a milder form of his condition. So when she’s in Hulk mode, she retains most of her personality. But that doesn’t stop her from becoming a force to be reckoned with if enraged.
61. With his hammer Mjolnr, here wields the Mighty Thor.
Almost resembles the Chris Hemsworth version in the films. Like the armor and hammer. Nice.
62. When it comes to dealing with the Wasp, she’s a force to be reckoned with.
This seems quite like you see in a movie. However, such cosplays do have their visual effects as you might see.
63. Here’s your neighborhood Spider-Man facing off against Doctor Octopus.
Doctor Octopus is one of the best known villains of Spider-Man. He’s a mad scientist who’s obsessed with proving his own genius and destroying Spidey. Perhaps in order to prove his genius, he should quit trying to destroy him.
64. Apparently, Deadpool appears to have tied the knot.
And it seems that he’s found a perfect match. Sure he may not be the marrying type. But they’ll be a great couple.
65. Of course, you can’t forget Thor and Loki without mentioning their folks.
This is the Asgardian family. In mythology, Loki is Thor’s step-uncle and Sif is his wife. However, Sif doesn’t get much characterization though.
66. Looking sharp in that red suit, Deadpool.
Well, at least Deadpool really knows how to dress. That suit totally matches his outfit.
67. This little Loki sees himself burdened with glorious purpose.
Yes, he may be one of Marvel’s baddies. But he sure looks adorable with his horned helmet and staff.
68. No, that’s not a female Wolverine. That’s X-23.
Well, she’s a clone of Wolverine and was created to be a perfect killing machine. However, this doesn’t make sense to me because clones have to be the same gender as the original.
69. As a Kree fanatic, Ronan the Accuser is the nemesis to the Guardians of the Galaxy.
In the movie, he’s willing to wage genocide against the Xandarians. He’s also played by Lee Pace who’s also portrayed Legolas’s dad.
70. In an alternate universe, Wolverine learns the ways of the Force.
They also have shirtless Wolverine with him. Jedi Wolverine is dressed in robes and has lightsaber claws. Looks awesome.
71. As an Asgardian, Sif is a goddess not to be messed with.
In Norse mythology, she is only known as Thor’s wife and having golden hair. In the Marvel movies, she’s neither with Thor and has dark hair.
72. When outside, Storm is very much in her element.
Indoors, she’s not. But she certainly looks like she is about to cause increment weather.
73. In the second Captain America, Cap and Black Widow fight the Winter Soldier together.
Apparently, Black Widow seems to be passed around as a love interest in the Avengers. In the first one, she was with Hawkeye. In Winter Soldier, she was with Cap. And in Ultron, she was with Hulk, the worst idea of a superhero boyfriend ever.
74. As a couple Black Panther and Storm seem to be made for each other.
Well, they’re the first black male and female superheroes in Marvel. Also, they got married in 2006.
75. Dressed in Green, the Enchantress is one of Thor’s greatest enemies.
However, powerful she may be, she’s nowhere near as endearing as Loki. Because Loki is such a great villain you can’t help but like.
76. As Captain America’s sidekick, Falcon is Marvel’s first African American superhero.
Sure he spends a lot of time in the Winter Soldier helping a white guy. But he sure has nice mechanical wings.
77. For some reason, Stan Lee’s granddaughter seems to really take after him.
Actually she’s a cosplayer. But Stan Lee was nonetheless flattered. This photo is so adorable though.
78. Not sure which side this guy is on.
On one hand, he’s Captain America, a patriotic superhero. On the other, he’s an Imperial Stormtrooper. I’m confused.
79. As a member of the X-Men, Domino is great with probability altering and marksmanship.
She’s said to be a mercenary and was initially bred to be a perfect weapon. Didn’t really turn out that way though.
80. As a member of Hydra, Red Skull is one of the most feared Marvel villains around.
This guy is a Nazi agent who’s said to be as bad as Hitler during WWII. He’s also Captain America’s enemy and is played by Hugo Weaving. You know, the guy who portrayed Elrond.
81. If you need a vampire hunter in Marvel, Blade is your man.
He had is on film series and was portrayed by Wesley Snipes. Yet, he’s a more obscure character than a lot of folks in this post.
82. As a genius inventor and sorcerer, Doctor Doom is one of Marvel’s most famous villains.
While his chief opponents are the Fantastic Four, he’s also faced Spider-Man, the Avengers, and other superheroes. Also, he looks pretty badass.
83. A pirate and mercenary in space, Nebula is a force to be reckoned with.
Her original comic appearances depict her with hair. In the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, she’s bald.
84. As an American hero, Captain America deserves a USO girl’s salute.
Well, at least their costumes match. However, she’s not Peggy. But who cares.
85. Avenger corgis, assemble!
Yes, these are corgi Avengers with Nikki Fury as their handler. And yes, resisting them is futile.
86. While a psychic, Psylocke is also known for her martial arts abilities.
Psylocke originally appeared in UK issues of Marvel as Captain Britain’s twin sister. Now she’s a well known member of the X-Men.
87. Though he might give you rabies, Rocket is no ordinary raccoon.
This is actually a kid wearing the costume. But it almost looks as if it’s straight from the movie and voiced by Bradley Cooper.
88. “Puny god,” says Hulk.
This is when the Incredible Hulk beat Loki’s ass in the Avengers. Yeah, the Hulk is a mean, green machine.
89. This little Star Lord is one of the most lovable in the galaxy.
This is so cute. I really love his little Groot in a flower pot. Sure love to hear what he’s listening to.
90. Don’t tell me that Tony Stark is working for the Galactic Empire.
Yes, this is an Imperial Stormtrooper Iron Man. Still, you have to love what he did with his uniform.
91. Seems like Deadpool has something to day.
Sign says, “God Hates Wolverine.” Best not to take him too seriously.
92. “Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, beauty and the beast.”
However, in this situation, the Beast is from X-Men. In the early movies, he’s played by Kelsey Grammer.
93. Here Vision comes in all his splendor.
Now Vision looked more like this in Age of Ultron. And he was voiced by Paul Bettany who was the doctor in Master and Commander.
94. No one slices and dices with his claws like Gaston.
Well, Gaston Wolverine, anyway. Also, he uses antlers in all of his decorating. Oh, what a guy, Wolverine.
95. Oh, look, a little Nightcrawler.
This is just the cutest Nightcrawler I’ve seen so far. Wonder what his tail looks like though.
96. Seems like Black Widow has struck something up with the Winter Soldier.
Wait until they find out he’s Cap’s best buddy Bucky Barnes. And that he’s seriously messed up by Hydra.
97. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you Nick Furry.
Yes, the furry feline head of S.H.I.E.L.D. himself. And he presently doesn’t seem happy at the moment.
98. Seems like this little Iron Man really takes after Tony Stark.
It’s as if this little guy could be Tony’s son. Or Robert Downey Jr.’s Probably isn’t though. But so cute.
99. Here Loki stands in all his splendor to behold.
Now this is an amazing Loki cosplay. Love his helmet and staff. Yes, this is one of the reasons fans love him.
100. Seems like these Avengers are from an alternate dimension.
Because almost all of them are women. Except for the Black Widower, of course.