Marvel is thrilled to be attending Katsucon, an Anime Convention…

Marvel
is thrilled to be attending Katsucon, an Anime Convention in National Harbor,
MA from February 17-19, for a special group Cosplay photo shoot!

Dust off your
best powered armor, capes, and plasma cannons and come on over to the central
convention center staircase on Saturday the 18th at 2pm for a chance to be
featured on the official Marvel Social Channels and Marvel.com.

In addition to the main
Marvel character shoot, we’ll also be doing a special themed shoot featuring
Cosplay inspired by Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”! With Marvel Studios’ “Guardians
of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ just around the corner, there’s no better time to get in on
the fun! We’re encouraging Cosplay of the classic Guardians heroes lineup, any
of Marvel’s intergalactic villains, and even the expanded members of the
Guardians roster as seen in the comics.

 We hope to see you on
Saturday at 2pm!

For the most recent episode of Marvel Becoming, watch as make-up…

For the most recent episode of Marvel Becoming, watch as make-up artist Miya Tamlyn transforms cosplayer Melly McShane into Singularity!https://youtu.be/E7G-wfzhYuY

Cosplayers & Costumers, its time for the Sixth Annual…

Cosplayers & Costumers, its time for the Sixth Annual
Costoberfest on Marvel.com! We here at Marvel.com are always super
appreciative and constantly in awe of your costumes, time and time
again! As is now tradition, we would like to honor the costuming and
cosplay community for the time and effort you’ve put toward the Marvel
fandom throughout the month of October. For 31 days, we will highlight
cosplayers & costumers through profiles, news articles, events and
more! Plus you all get your chance to participate! Here’s how:

Every day, starting October 1, we will pick a cosplayer to profile on Marvel.com and Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

If you’re interested in possibly being spotlighted, send in the photographs* of yourself in costume to: cosplay@marvel.com.

Feel free to submit as an individual or group, but remember only Marvel cosplay & costumes will be accepted.

*Marvel’s
use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and
Privacy Policy. All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or
older. All selected individuals/groups will be required to sign and return Marvel’s likeness release and waiver form.

Plus, all throughout the week of New York Comic Con, we’ll have tons more cool things for you!

So
remember to stop by Marvel.com, plus Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and
Twitter every day for the month of October to celebrate in everything
cosplay & costuming!

We’re super excited to announce the Annual Marvel Cosplay &…

We’re super excited to announce the Annual Marvel Cosplay & Costuming Events at San Diego Comic-Con next week!

First up is the Cosplay Photo Op.
Thursday, July 32 at 12:30pm PST on the Marvel Stage (#2329).

Then do not miss the Marvel San Diego Comic-Con Costume Contest, Saturday, July 23rd at 6:00pm PST on the Marvel Stage (#2329). We’re super excited to have Ann Foley, Costume Designer of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as one of our judges!

You might see your photo appear on Marvel.com or even win a fabulous prize! Interested in entering? Then make sure to be at the Marvel booth by 5:45pm on Saturday!

For more information on these, email us at Cosplay@Marvel.com.

Cosplayers Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of CapTune in each day…

Cosplayers Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Cap

Tune in each day to Marvel.com for the next 75 days to celebrate Captain America’s
75th Anniversary with cosplayers and costumers from around the world!

More on Marvel.com here!

Enjoy a few of the many Iron Man Cosplay submissions we’ve…

Enjoy a few of the many Iron Man Cosplay submissions we’ve received in the last few years to celebrate Stark Week!

Hulkbuster Armor by Prizmatec Cosplay. Photo by BS Producion

Iron Man Armors by Francesco Bolognesi, Vincenzo Sorrentino, Ermes Quadri, Carmine Scala & Prizmatec Cosplay. Photo by BS Producion

Pasta as Tony Stark. Photo by Abyssinian.

Dale Oliver as Iron Man from the Cosplay Covers Variant Program. Photo by Judy Stephens.

To submit your own Marvel cosplay, send them to cosplay@marvel.com!

Its Marvel Cosplay Tuesday! Today we have a submission of some…

Its Marvel Cosplay Tuesday! Today we have a submission of some epic Civil War themed cosplayers! They’ve clearly choose their teams!

Team Iron Man
Iron Man: William Selby
Crossbones: Neil Hancock
Pepper Potts: Rebecca Aimee
Spider-Man: Chris Locke
Ultimate Spider-Man: Justin Harper

Team Captain America
Punisher: Noel Wesley
Rogue: Heather Coad
Falcon: Jerome Harper
Captain America: James Underland
Scarlet Witch: Laura Selby

Photos by A.M.P. Photgraphy

Got your own Civil War themed or Marvel cosplay?
Submit them to cosplay@marvel.com.

Enjoy a selection of always amazing Marvel Cosplay and Costuming…

Enjoy a selection of always amazing Marvel Cosplay and Costuming from c2e2 this past weekend in Chicago!For even more photos, swing over to the c2e2 2016 gallery on Marvel.com!

We’re super excited to announce the Annual Marvel Cosplay &…

We’re super excited to announce the Annual Marvel Cosplay & Costuming Events at c2e2 next weekend!

Marvel Cosplay Photo Op Celebrating Captain America’s 75th Anniversary.
Friday, March 18 at 3:00pm CT on the Marvel Stage (#327).

Marvel c2e2 Costume Contest

Saturday, March 19th at 3:00pm CT on the Marvel Stage (#327).

We’re super excited to have Meghan Camarena (YouTuber Strawburry17) and Holly Conrad (Cosplayer & YouTuber Commander Holly) joining us as judges!

You might see your photo appear on Marvel.com or even win a fabulous prize! Interested in entering? Then make sure to be at the Marvel booth by 2:45pm on Saturday! For official rules, please

go here

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For more information on these, email us at

Cosplay@Marvel.com

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After the huge success of last year’s Marvel cosplay photo…

After the huge success of last year’s Marvel cosplay photo event, our
own resident cosplay expert, Judy Stephens, attended Katsucon this past
weekend for a 10th Anniversary  Marvel Comics Civil War Themed Event!

The
photo shoot gathered over 50 cosplayers and costumers in a wide-range
of Marvel characters, including Captain America, Ultron, Spider-Gwen and
more.

Head over to Marvel.com for all the photos from Katsucon!

With the release of Captain Marvel #1 last week, all Cosplay…

With the release of Captain Marvel #1 last week, all Cosplay Variants are
now On-Sale at your local comic shops. Head over to Marvel.com to enjoy a gallery of all the
covers, plus out-takes from photo shoots across the country!

Happy Tuesday! We’re bringing you another Cosplay Cover…

Happy Tuesday! We’re bringing you another Cosplay Cover Spotlight!

Next up is HurleyFX, who is on Rocket Raccoon & Groot #1 Cosplay Variant, on sale tomorrow.

As we’ved spotlighted HurleyFX’s Groot before, we’ve brought back his break-down here!

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My interpretation of GROOT was sculpted in sections over of life cast of my body. The order was Head, Hands, Legs, Torso, then Arms.

Each piece that was to be made in latex had to be sculpted 10% bigger than I needed due to latex shrinking.

Then a 2 part plaster mold was made, trying to keep the seam lines as disguised as possible. The molds varied from approximately 15lb per hand to in excess of 400lbs for the legs, which were in excess of 5ft tall.

For the smaller pieces the molds were dwelled with latex for between 35-45 minutes, for the bigger molds, I had to brush in layers of latex until I had an approximate even thickness, then place the mold halves together and finish brushing latex over the seam line in the mold.

Custom home made mini stilts were made to make the overall height of Groot at his total highest ( little branch on top ) 7’10.

Once the parts were out of the mold and had finished curing, I test fitted them and used foam tubing to flesh out any areas that needed to fit better, and trimmed the rest to where I felt the seams would be less visible.

Then the Silicone head was painted with FUSEFX silicone pigments, and the latex body suit was painted with washes of FWINK’s. Latex was matte clear coated with Liquitex Matte. Then vines and moss were added, along with his little shoulder branch.

Thus the finished Groot!

I like to push what it is possible for me to create, and if I am told something cannot be done, it just makes me try harder to prove that thinking wrong.

I am totally self-taught and often do things that are not the norm, as was once said necessity is the mother of invention, and that I find is very true. And it is also fun coming up with unique solutions to problems.

Being someone who loves creature creation, I was immediately drawn to Groot when I found out Guardians was being made, and although he was going to be totally CGI (which he had to be on screen) 3 months prior to Dragon-con I decided I to see what kind of Groot I could come up with using practical effects.

For more from Hurley FX, click over to his Facebook.

Click over to the Marvel.com Gallery of all the Marvel Cosplay Variants.

Stay tuned to Marvel’s Tumblr as we have one final spotlight from our Cover Variants on January 19th!

Photographs provided by Judy Stephens and HurleyFX.

Happy Tuesday! We’re bringing you another Cosplay Cover…

Happy Tuesday!

We’re bringing you another Cosplay Cover Spotlight! Next up is a Yashuntafun, who is on Spider-Woman #1 Cosplay Variant, on sale now.

Born and raised in Florida, Megan lives and works in Atlanta, the home of a very large cosplay and costuming community. Thanks to a friend, Megan discovered cosplay in 2003 and has been cosplaying for over 12yrs.

We asked Megan to walk us through the process of making a her Spider-Woman costume!

The first thing I do when tackling a new costume is gather as many reference photos as I can get. From there you can decide if you want to put your own spin on it, but in this case, I was trying to be as accurate as possible. So, for “research purposes”, I sat down and read all the newer Spider-Woman comics.

The second step, and sometimes the most challenging for me, is finding the appropriate fabrics. I like to pay close attention to textures, weight for draping purposes, and shades or color. It’s not always easy to find exactly what you are looking for. Though Spider-Woman no longer wears her spandex suit, her new jacket is still rather form fitting, so I knew I wanted to use thicker knit materials. I ended up finding some thick moleskin spandex, but I did have to use polyester dye to get it to the deep red color I wanted. For the sleeves of the jacket, I used neoprene.

The jacket was the most challenging part of the costume. I searched, but was unable to find any ready-made asymmetrical jacket patterns. Therefore I had to go through my stockpile of scrap spandex to make multiple mock-ups until I had the design exactly how I wanted it. Making mock-ups is always a lengthy process, but it keeps you from wasting your good fabrics, so it’s worth the effort.

My friend and spandex expert, Twinklebat/Mary, gave me a few pointers on how to make the emblem on the front of the jacket. I made the spider parts out of a stretch material, but backed them in wonder-under, which I then ironed in place. Carefully, I sewed a small zigzag stitch around all the edges of the design. This allowed the emblem to stretch as the top stretched while it was being worn.

When it comes to making boots and
gloves for cosplay, I have two words for you: leather paint! Leather paint sticks to leather or vinyl type materials without being tacky and stretches, rather than cracking. This discovery saved me so much time with my cosplays! Rather than making Spider-Woman’s gloves and boots from scratch, I was able to purchase pre-made items, and with a little modification and a few layers of paint, have completely custom costume pieces.

The glasses are definitely one of my favorite parts of this costume. I bought a pair of sunglasses with yellow lenses and then built off of that. I first made the patterns out of craft foam before making the final pieces out of a thermoplastic called worbla. I used a heat gun to gently shape the pieces until they matched the curve of the glasses. After a paint job, I glued the worbla pieces to the glasses and my disguise was complete.

When not working on Cosplay, you can find Megan logging long hours playing video games or lost in a fantasy novel.

For more from Megan, click over to her Facebook.

Stay tuned to Marvel’s Tumblr as we continue highlighting more cosplayers from our Cover Variants each week!

Photographs provided by Judy Stephens and Yashuntafun.

Happy Tuesday! We’re bringing you more Cosplay Cover Spotlights!…

Happy Tuesday!

We’re bringing you more Cosplay Cover Spotlights! Next up is a Cap Santiago, who will be on Nova #1 Cosplay Variant, on sale now.

Born and raised in New York City, Cap went to his first convention at 10yrs old. It wasn’t until he started attending anime conventions that he discovered cosplay, debuting his first costume in 2006.

We asked David to walk us through the process of making a Nova costume

I started the black Nova costume by making a pattern out of cotton muslin, while taking into account the percentage of stretch in the spandex. In other words, I reduced the pattern size to accommodate the stretchiness of the fabric, so that it would fit snugly. I used a standard sewing machine with a zigzag stitch to sew the entire costume. The bodysuit and gloves are made of satin spandex, which is much shinier than standard spandex, and also very “slippery” to the touch. The gold parts of the costume are made of metallic spandex.

The design called for a gold band that encircles the shoulder area, a small shoulder extension, but also long sleeves. To accomplish this design, I made a sleeveless lined outer layer, which had the gold band appliqued in place, and also had an extended shoulder piece, which was supported on the inside by a band of stiffer fabric called spacer spandex. Then, I made a thinner lining piece for the chest, and attached the long sleeves to this layer. I stitched both layers together at the neck and waist, so that nothing would shift around.

The collar is stitched over the double-layered chest piece. To make the gold design on the chest front and back, I carefully hand-basted the gold applique into place about 1/16 of an inch from the edge. I had to be careful because metallic spandex will scar if pinned, so all stitching had to be within the area that I then machine zig-zag stitched to apply the applique. The applique is all one large piece that starts at the waist in the front, continues over the shoulders, and ends at the waist in the back. It was very tricky to apply it in one piece, but I didn’t want it to look segmented. It was especially
challenging to bisect it perfectly with the back zipper.

The boots of the costume were altered from faux leather superhero-styled
boots. I cut the front of the boots to be shorter than the back, as per the NOVA images, and then finished the raw cut edge by sewing a piece of leather to the raw edge and folding it to the inside of the boot. Then, I masked off the areas of the boots that needed black details, and painted the boots with acrylic paint for leather. I mixed a few different gold shades together to try to match the gold of the spandex. I used an airbrush to apply the paint.

The belt of the costume is made from a wide non-roll elastic band,
which I covered in spacer spandex, and then in the gold spandex. I
used the spacer spandex as the in-between layer to add dimension to
the belt. The belt is stretchy, so it can be a solid band with no
openings like the NOVA’s.

The helmet was a Vacu-formed Etruscan helmet that was recut and trimmed to fit my head, the face was sculpted to fit and applied to the front of the helmet. The face was attached with Methacrylite adhesive and the edges blended out with autobody filler “Bondo”. The seams on the helmet were made by appling a second layer made from a second Etruscan helmet. the raised ridge along the bottom edge was made from hand cut sheets of rigid plastic, seamed together with Methacrylite and blended with Bondo leaving the inside hollow.

The star was sculpted in clay, moulded in plaster and cast in semi-rigid latex with wire inserts for extra rigidity. after the latex was conformed to the helmet , it was coated with a thin layer of epoxy to create a smooth surface for paint. the eyes are made with a milky translucent acrylic sheet . the lights are a row of white LEDs wired to coin cells located in the raised edge along the bottom of the helmet. The paints are auto-body paints with automotive clear-coat.

The gaunlets are tapered vacu-formed cylinder .the outer layer was cut and trimmed from a second layer of the same cylinder and applied with Methacrylite adhesive. the hand back was carved wood then plastic was heated and shaped over the wood forms. the gold paint was custom mixed bronzing powders to match the gold fabric. the powders were suspended in a clearcoat and applied with a spraygun.

When he’s not working on his cosplay, Cap volunteers at a shelter to help stray animals.

For more from Cap Santiago, click over to his facebook!

Stay tuned to Marvel’s Tumblr as we continue highlighting more cosplayers from our Cover Variants each week!

Photographs provided by Judy Stephens

The Final Post! Day 31 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a…

The Final Post! Day 31 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel Cosplay and Costuming from around the World!

We’d

like to introduce you to the Lady Avengers group, including Rosellen Cosplay, Gingersnap, Ekko Cosplay, Lightened Skies Cosplay, Beyond Believing Cosplay, Twisted Reality Cosplay, Xanthe Flora Cosplay, Songbird Cosplay, Torn Pages Cosplay, Ash-Sama Cosplay, Freijya, Kelly and Ria. Plus Moonlit Marathon Cosplay as Singularity, Gil as Wonder Man, Hildrhien as Sif, Lux Laterna as Hawkeye and Jamie Coastworth & Stretch Stockpile as Spider-Man & Spider-Man 2099!

Photography provided by Kaiju Industries, Moonlit Marathon Cosplay, Gil, In2thereview, Lux Laterna and Carlos Adama.

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We want to thank the over 300 cosplayers and costumers that submitted their photos to this year’s Costoberfest! It was a tremendous success with over 150 costumers spotlighted throughout the 31 days. Stay tuned to the Costoberfest Hub as we post even more of the submissions in the next few days. Thank you and Happy Halloween!

For even more, head to http://marvel.com/costoberfest

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*Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older. All selected
individuals/groups will be required to sign and return Marvel’s
likeness release and waiver form.

Day 30 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel…

Day 30 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel Cosplay and Costuming from around the World!

We’d

like to introduce you to Kevin as Star-Lord, Division-Ten as Rocket, Anastasia as Star-Lord, Scott & Amy as the Collector and Carina and John as Star-Lord!

Photography provided by RiverWalk Studios, Reutan, Curious Joi, Vivid Disaster Studios and Garry SPeipht Photography.

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For even more, head to http://marvel.com/costoberfest

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*Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older. All selected
individuals/groups will be required to sign and return Marvel’s
likeness release and waiver form.

Day 29 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel…

Day 29 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel Cosplay and Costuming from around the World!

We’d

like to introduce you to Drew as the Winter Solider, Carol & Jennifer as the Winter Solider and Captain America, Ravs Garage as Winter Solider, TheOneKierce as Bucky and King Of The Freaks Cosplay & Smash Girl Cosplay as the Winter Solider and Black Widow!

Photography provided by Robbin Studios, Butch Lee, MLC Photo, Shannon Hoodswain and Amaleigh Photo.

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For even more, head to http://marvel.com/costoberfest

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*Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older. All selected
individuals/groups will be required to sign and return Marvel’s
likeness release and waiver form.

Its time for our Fourth Costoberfest Spotlight! This year in…

Its time for our Fourth Costoberfest Spotlight! This year in honor of the Cosplay Cover Variants, we’ll be talking to the cosplayers featured on the variants and their costume-making process!

Next up is a Kit Quinn, who is on the The Uncanny Avengers #1 Cosplay Cover Variant, on sale now!

Originally from the Bay Area but living in LA now, Kit grew up as a theater kid, which has made living in LA super fun. She started cosplaying in 2007 when a group of friends got together to make group costumes, including a large Alice in Wonderland group!

We asked Kit to walk us through making of Wasp!

Wasp is a character I’ve wanted to build for a while, I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off. She has quite a few different looks and each one has its own challenges, both in construction and in the actual wearing of the costume. It wasn’t until Steven got a few chrome based projects under his belt that I thought we could pull of her armored look. The body suit was a relatively easy build for me. I added a few of my own pattern details on the back and on the arms to mirror some creative sewing I had to do on Steven’s costume; I was short on fabric, and I really like the results. To keep the stream lined look of her costume I hand sewed water shoes into the feet of the body suit. The gloves were made with Velcro to easily slip on and off so I can do things like eat and use my phone.

Now on to the armor! To make the armor we first had to do a body cast of me.  I was wrapped in plastic wrap and plaster bandages to make the cast which Steven then laid fiberglass into, to create my double.  I was able to use this torso to sculpt the ab plates, but due to a mess up on my part the chest plate had to be sculpted on a body cast I had previously made of myself.  Once the two torsos were ready to be worked on I placed masking tape on them and drew out my basic shapes.  I then transferred this pattern to paper versions to use to cut the shapes out of Monster Clay that I had rolled out into about a ¼” thick sheet.  These cut out pieces of clay were then put back onto my torso where I adding raised details, checked for symmetry, and made sure the angles flowed between the plates.  Once I had the shapes where I wanted Steven came in with his more exacting eye and did the final polishing and altering of the shapes.

The next step is to clear coat the clay, and then mold.  I made mold walls out of more clay and brushed on about 4 layers of silicone. I then made a mother mold out of liquid plaster.  Normally liquid plaster isn’t a great idea for mother molds because it can get heavy and will crack pretty easily, but this mold doesn’t need to last very long, so saving money seemed like a good idea! Once we had the mold I did a junk casting to make sure my mold didn¹t have any flaws and that everything fit.  Steven then did the real casting in Onyx resin backed with Free Form Air.  We wanted the plates to be nice and light to start since we were about to cover all of them in metal.  Once we had the final casting in hand it was time to prime and wet sand to a glossy smooth finish, then off to the chromer!

This is where we made a mistake in our planning.  Our chrome guy said we could pre-embed the magnets into the plates and he could basically chrome around hem using this special chrome resistant tape. Unfortunately the chrome still got to some of the magnets and ate away at their strength so Steven had to drill them out and embed new magnets.  A valuable lesson was learned there! Once all the magnets were secured into the plates it was a fun game of taping the armor to me to figure out where the other half of the magnets needed to go in the body suit to secure the armor in place.  I had acquired some magnets that come in a handy plastic square for just such a purpose as this.  I feel a bit like Iron Man every time I get into this costume, with plates flying in and clicking into place.

All together this costume took about two weeks to construct, and was a pretty fun and simple build.  The funniest moment being when all our friends wanted to go watch The Avengers, but we still needed to work, so we took my smaller chest cast with us to the movie theater to sculpt in the car!  

As Kit grew up wanting to be a princess, which may not be an actual viable career choice, its through cosplay that she can always dress up as any character she wants and be that person, at least in spirit, for a couple days out of the year at conventions

For more from Kit Quinn, click over to her Facebook Page. and for even more from Costoberfest, swing over to Marvel.com/Costoberfest

Stay tuned to Marvel’s Tumblr as we continue highlighting more cosplayers from our Cover Variants each week!

Photographs by Judy Stephens and Kitt Quinn.

Day 28 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel…

Day 28 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel Cosplay and Costuming from around the World!

We’d

like to introduce you to MonSoon Cosplay as Scarlet Witch, MyFanGirlLife as Hawkeye, Stark_will_fix_it_all as Iron Man, Flavia as Black Widow and Jessica as Scarlet Witch!

Photography provided by Andreas Kinder, MyFanGirlLife, Stark_will_fix_it_all, Marcello Mariano and Jessica Palumbo.

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For even more, head to http://marvel.com/costoberfest

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*Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older. All selected
individuals/groups will be required to sign and return Marvel’s
likeness release and waiver form.

Day 27 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel…

Day 27 of the Fifth Annual Costoberfest; a celebration of Marvel Cosplay and Costuming from around the World!

We’d

like to introduce you to GalacticCat as Captain Marvel, Alyzza Amazon as She-Hulk, Clint Jillian Cosplay as Captain Marvel, Little Lioness Cosplay as Thor and BareFoot Sewing as Captain Marvel!

Photography provided by Norman Chan, Howie Muzika, Carlos Adama, Super Effective Photo and Shintaro.

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For even more, head to http://marvel.com/costoberfest

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*Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older. All selected
individuals/groups will be required to sign and return Marvel’s
likeness release and waiver form.