5 Hard Truths About the Marvel Cinematic Universe

As we get more movies from the popular Marvel Studios, we find that there are some things that are evolving faster than we can process them. Some things are beautiful, some things are not so great, and both casual fans and comic book nerds will have to learn to accept these things. The Marvel train is going full speed and there’s no stopping it now. Here are five hard truths about the MCU, whether you like it or not.

Everything begins and ends with Iron Man (Tony Stark).

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When Marvel announced an Iron Man movie was coming out, People weren’t sure what to expect, as Iron Man wasn’t the poster boy (it was a tie between Wolverine and Spider-Man). Thanks to Robert Downey Jr.’s performance and influence, the world of Marvel was born and now Iron Man is at the crux of everything. Building Ultron instead of Hank Pym, becoming the first public hero, and leading the Avengers, Iron Man will have a part in every major plotline in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There will be humor.

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DC movies (and shows) have been on a streak of seriousness, aside from CW’s The Flash. On the other hand, Marvel seems to work humor alongside the action and drama. Avengers Age of Ultron may have as many humorous moments as it did incredible action sequences, and even Guardians of The Galaxy incorporated humor into its very conclusion.

Everyone is hanging out together.

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Both Steve Rogers and Tony Stark have sidekicks, but Tony Stark is also known to hang out with Bruce Banner. Nick Fury is in everything and knows everybody. Much like in the comics, these characters appear in each other’s stories and with Captain America: Civil War’s casting list, the cameos are endless.

No movie will ever match the comic that inspired it.

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This is both a good thing and bad thing. While Captain America: The Winter Soldier mirrored the comic that inspired it, the movie took some liberties to make sure it fit the time frame of the movie universe. There’s also the case where not so great comics inspire the movies, and the differentiation between the two is a good thing (see 2013 AGE OF ULTRON event).

At least 10% of the movie is setup for the future.

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The initial fun of the Marvel movies was the endings. After the credits rolled, audiences were treated to a small scene that would give a slight nod to the future of the movies. No moment was greater than seeing Nick Fury in Tony Stark’s house to talk about the Avengers initiative. However, as Thor’s cave scene in Age of Ultron was any indicator, these movies also have to make sure everything ties in together. The problem I have is that some scenes, like Thor’s little side-story, seem to detract from the main plotline that was being built over the course of the Phase 2 Marvel movies. In my opinion, these moments may seem more fitting in one movie, at the end of the credits, or to be completely removed altogether. The end scenes used to be fun and surprising, but now they feel expected and the fun seems to be gone.

Going into Ant-Man in July, we’ll see how he fits into this strange new world where everybody knows everybody.

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Things I’ll Miss About Marvel’s Ultimate Universe

Secret Wars hits the shelves this month, and this week marks the release of Ultimate End, the final issues left of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe. For those who don’t know, the Ultimate Universe is an alternate reality that updated many of the Marvel mainstays for modern readers. Back in 2000, Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men launched the characters in a new way. As the universe formed, so did the titles, as Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Ultimates (aka Avengers) came to the forefront. With this year being the 15th and last year of the universe, I’d like to note some things I’ll miss about the beloved alternate reality.

Costume Design

Ultimatum05FinchWraparoundCoverWhile some characters maintain similarities to their main universe counterparts, the Ultimate Universe allowed for some much-needed redesigns. The main avengers cast had great updates, with Thor being one that truly separated him from his legacy. The Ultimate Nick Fury is what brought about casting Samuel L. Jackson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as his likeness was used for the design. The designs used for the Amazing Spider-Man movie were closer to the Ultimate designs, and that was a great thing, especially for Electro. Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man, and Moon Knight all had different designs that were used as influences for the main universe’s updated designs. Even the X-Men sported more manageable and realistic outfits that fit just right.

Keeping Things Close

Spider-Man. Fantastic Four. X-Men. Ultimates. While there were plenty of mini-series featuring single heroes, these four books carried the whole Universe. It was much easier to jump into these titles to get a grand sense of the Marvel world. Ultimate Spider-Man alone introduced Hulk, Daredevil, many of the street level heroes, and his whole world on top of all that.

Bold Choices

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The Ultimate universe was a playground where characters can be reworked, within reason. A big change that came was the event titled Ultimatum, which saw Magneto trying to destroy the world when it was thought his children, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, had died. The whole world was affected, and our heroes fought to save a flooded New York. It may not have been the most well-received event, but the writers stood by it and continued on, with the event having lasting effects in every book. Plus, if it wasn’t for Ultimatum, we wouldn’t have J. Jonah Jameson give the best apology to Spider-Man ever.

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Mixing Things Up

The Ultimates hate each other. Wolverine gets ripped in half by a Hulk who eats people. Deadpool hosts his own “The Most Dangerous Game” by hunting X-Men on a deserted island. The Watcher pops up all over the world. Kitty Pryde dates Spider-Man? These are a few things that kept the universe fresh and unexpected. The fun of the Ultimate Universe is that it kept things moving and expanding, never stagnating.

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Ultimate Spider-Man

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If nothing else, the Ultimate Spider-Man series is by far the greatest contribution the Ultimate line gave to comics. Ultimate Spider-Man revitalized the hero as a high school student and kept him there. This Spider-Man faced the sinister six, the Ultimates, the X-Men, Venom, Carnage, an actual Green Goblin and everything under the sun, while still doing his due diligence with his Aunt May, in school, and with friends. He passed the mantle to Miles Morales, who made his own impact as a fantastic, if not better, Spider-Man. Both of these heroes made their mark like no one else, and the world they leave behind will be missed. It’s a touch personal for me because my first time reading Spider-Man from start to finish was the original Ultimate Spider-Man run, and for that, I’m forever grateful to have enjoyed it as it came.

I am happy that Mark Bagley and Brian Michael Bendis will be helming the Ultimate Universe’s final moments, as they are the team that created this world that I’ll forever cherish. Thank you for 15 great years.
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The 5 Best Comic Book Shower Thoughts

If you’re wondering what a shower thought is, it’s something that you think of in the shower or really anywhere and you end up having this face. REvelation It makes you think, makes you laugh a little bit, and sometimes pondering your very own existence. And of course reddit being the site that it is (the front page of the internet!) they had to have some comic book shower thoughts.

5. If the Flash was really good at chess, he would be Grandmaster Flash

by TheTwentyTwo character_bio_576_flash     This is just kind of a funny coincidence really.

4. When The Hulk gives up and reverts to Bruce Banner, he just rage quit.

by wildxlion bannerhulk Pretty straightforward, but still pretty funny. Consider a Hulk playing games and getting mad about campers and throwing his controller down through the ground and it coming out in China.

 

3. If Green Lantern smoked some Green, he’d have a lot more creative constructs.

by TheTwentyTwo character_bio_576_greenlantern I mean guns, walls, and jetpacks are cool, but imagine the super psychaledic and hilarious constructs he would make if he were high.

2. Spider-Man is just a boy going through changes shooting white stuff all over the city.

by cmonkey9876 spider-man That’s quite an interesting complex that Spider-Man is going through. Puberty is tough, man.

1. Batman and Daredevil should switch names.

by Skiddle1138 Batman_Daredevil Matt Murdock is blind and relies on his incredible sense of sound to orient his surroundings, something bats are known to be very apt at. Bruce Wayne is constantly grappling hooking around and jumping around off of buildings and just in general doing adrenaline junky type activities (base jumping, driving at incredibly fast speeds, etc) or done by someone you might call, a daredevil.

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Thoughts About Stuff: What if a Male Character was the Hero in Captain Marvel?

We’re not asking what if Captain Marvel was a guy, she is going to be Carol Danvers. When I say hero, I mean the person that saves the day at the very end with the city/country/world/universe in danger. So then what would happen if Carol Danvers was in a situation where she went toe to toe with her villain, and almost won, but ended up in a dangerous situation, and was saved by a supporting male character?

Would the internet explode in a huge rage? I’m pretty certain it would, but why? In the very first movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe it’s Pepper Potts that kills Obadiah Stane, not Tony Stark. In Thor: The Dark World, it’s Jane who creates the weapon for Thor to use to kill Malekith, in Iron Man 3, it is again Pepper Potts who actually kills the villain Aldrich Killian, and Black Widow closed the wormhole in The Avengers and certainly had a lot more to do with killing Alexander Pierce than Cap himself did in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

So why would it upset people if Captain Marvel was saved by a male supporting character? It’s a question I’ve given a lot of thought, because recently there is an e-mail going around from one of the CEOs of Marvel listing unsuccessful female-lead movies.

If you haven’t seen it, this is what it says:

“From: “IP” 
To: “Lynton, Michael”
Subject: Female Movies
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:32:50 -0400

Michael,
As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples.  There are more.

Thanks,

Ike

1.  Electra (Marvel) – Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=elektra.htm

2.  Catwoman (WB/DC) – Catwoman was one of the most important female character within the Batmanfranchise. This film
was a disaster.  http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catwoman.htm


3.   Supergirl – (DC) Supergirl was one of the most important female super hero in Superman franchise. This Movie
came out in 1984 and did $14 million total domestic with opening weekend of $5.5 million. Again, another disaster.

Best,

Ike

I have not seen other e-mails in this conversation or the context, so if they are out there please correct me, but I don’t see anything in here about not doing female movies because those were movies were unsuccessful. This could just as easily be an e-mail about what to avoid doing when working on Captain Marvel. Like I said, I absolutely admit, I haven’t delved into deep research about the context, so if there is more to it proving that this e-mail is an argument against female lead movies, please let me know. But as of right now, it appears a lot of assumptions are being made.

The reason I’m discussing this in relation to the question posed in the title is that I’m just wondering if maybe, just maybe people are looking for a reason to be mad with Marvel sometimes. I understand getting behind Mark Ruffalo’s comment about the lack of Black Widow toys (a totally legit complaint), and Scarlett Johansson’s spoof on Marvel’s lack of a female lead movie, because Black Widow has proven she is incredibly popular among fans.

But why is it assumed that everything Marvel does now is in some way anti-feminist? This article about the e-mail above is one example, I’ve seen tweets where people are upset that Ant-Man has only one female character (even though it is slated to also have Haley Atwell and Judy Greer), and the anger over Black Widow being captured in Age of Ultron. And if Captain Marvel doesn’t deliver the finishing blow to the villain and is saved by a male character, I’m 99% there would be an internet rage shitstorm, even though Iron Man has never defeated any of his villains on his own, and twice where he was saved by Pepper.

All I’m saying is that there are reasons to be mad with Marvel like I mentioned earlier, the lack of apparel/toys for Black Widow is really disappointing and having no solo movie is also a letdown (it is worth noting Hawkeye doesn’t have one either though). But there are also things that people probably need to dial it back a bit on, the e-mail above is one example (again, if there is proof that this is an e-mail about not greenlighting female movies, let me know), and being mad at Ant-Man for only having Evangeline Lily on the poster seems pretty grumpy for the sake of being grumpy.

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Spider-Man Is Joining The Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Welp. Here we go. The prayers of fanboys and fangirls everywhere has been answered. Here is the press release in full if you want to read it.

The deal basically goes to say that first Spider-Man will be introduced in an MCU film and then have a standalone film that will be co-produced by Sony and Marvel in 2017.

Most of the wording and phrasing in the press release would suggest we will be getting a brand new Spider-Man and creative team (sorry fans of The Amazing Spider-Man). This will be especially fun to follow to see who we may see cast as a new Spider-Man. #DonaldForSpiderMan coming back maybe?

The common and easy speculation is that he will appear in Captain America: Civil War. However, it would not surprise me if Marvel wanted to get Spider-Man in the game as soon as possible. An Age of Ultron end of credits reveal/appearance doesn’t seem out of the question. Afterall, if there is so much global fighting, surely someone is defending New York right?

We’ll await more news as it comes out, but there is definitely a perfect panel to describe what’s going on here.

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Obviously, we’re all excited, but we have to pause and really commend Sony and Marvel for coming together on something I never imagined happening with the way the deals were structured.

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Roundtable: Cosplay in 2015.

With a new year it means new cons, and with new cons you can definitely expect some pretty incredible cosplay, and with that Nerd Swole wanted to talk about what to expect in 2015.

What cosplay did you see in 2014 that blew your mind?

Brian: 

Hulkbuster
’nuff said.

Alex:

Even more terrifying when you see this in person.
Even more terrifying when you see this in person.

Yeksson: 

Jessica Nigri, primarily because she cosplay as my 2nd favorite Eeveelution, Umbreon.
Jessica Nigri, because she cosplayed as my 2nd favorite Eeveelution, Umbreon.

What cosplay do you expect to see the most of in 2015?

Brian: I’d expect to see a lot more Star-Lord, considering the smash success that Guardians of the Galaxy was and the relative ease with which the costume could be made/obtained. I’d also expect Flash to be pretty popular considering the success of the TV show.

Alex: I’d say the Star Wars fan-base is about to triple due to the new comic, new trailer for Episode VII, and new projects such as Rebels and the upcoming Battlefront.

Yeksson: I honestly have no idea.  Maybe Little Mac will be up there due to the recent release of Super Smash Bros 4.

Which cosplay would you like to see in 2015?

Brian: Seeing a close to scale Ultron would be pretty dang cool.

Alex: I hardly see a few of these guys alone, let alone together, but a unified Green Lantern corps with all 5 lanterns, plus any of the other corps, would be incredible.

Yeksson: Seeing a CW Network inspired Flash would be really cool.

Sometimes a celebrity walks around on convention floors dressed up (Maisie Williams as Spider-Man, Bryan Cranston as Walter White), what celebrity-cosplay combo would you like to see?

Brian: It would probably make my life if Danny Pudi (Abed from Community) was dressed up as Batman.

Alex: It’d have to be Kevin Conroy as Batman. The voice alone is fanboy worthy.

Yeksson: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and him being in character would be a plus!

If the Nerd Swole team were to do an ensemble cosplay, what should it be?

Brian: As Team Nerd Swole, where we just wear our Nerd Swole shirts. Or maybe the non main 7 of the Justice League, considering I have an Arrow costume.

Alex: It’s more of a game than the costume, but if the Nerdswole team dressed up as sneaking characters in gaming (Batman from the Arkham series, Ezio from Assassin’s Creed, Joel from The Last of Us, Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid, Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell, etc) and tried sneaking around the Con floor, trying to get the jump on each other.

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Yeksson: 

For trolling purposes
For trolling purposes

…or three members of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers,

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Video Game Retrospective – No More Heroes Series

There’s many reasons people purchase video games instead of renting them. Some people love to have complete collections. However, most people purchase a game to play it more than once. Sure, with multiplayer games, you definetly will play it several times over a console’s lifespan and beyond. However, for single player games, there is usually a singular narrative that has no further content once the narrative ends and the credits rolls. What’s a gamer to do after THE END? Why, play it again because the game was incredible! Here’s a game(s) I booted back up.

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In case you’ve never played the series, No More Heroes is a series that follows assassin Travis Touchdown. He gets challenged to take down the top 10 ranked mercenaries after winning a beam katana (lightsaber) and fighting to win the affections of the enticing Sylvia Christel. There’s so many original and ludicrous things about this game and its sequel that make the two games a standout on the Wii, a system highly criticized for appealing to children and new gamers.

First off, who is Travis Touchdown?

Ladies and Gentlemen, your hero. This picture says everything.
Ladies and Gentlemen, your hero. This picture says everything.

Travis Touchdown is a twenty something who learns wrestling moves from luchadores to fight, watches too anime, has overdue video fees, plays with his cat to pass the time, and saves the game on the toilet.

No kidding.
No kidding.

Travis makes money by running errands around town, such making deliveries, flipping burgers,  and assassinating simple hitmen on the street. Y’know, the usual. He always becomes stronger the only way we all know how: hitting the gym. If Scott Pilgrim is the everyman nerd fighting for the love of his life, Travis is the bad boy/nerd fighting for the love of his life…and some revenge down the line.

Does Travis look the part?

Much of the instant appeal of the games is visual. The cel-shaded graphics are dynamic and crisp, leading to some incredible character designs. The aesthetics of this game are 8-bit stylized and everything about Travis’ existence is crazy. From hot girls trying to seduce/kill Travis, to playing mini-games to make money, and finding new clothing from garbage, Travis is one of the most visually distinctive characters in recent time. Lastly, he has an awesome whip.

Greatness.
Greatness.

So….can he fight?

I may have made Travis out to be some loser Otaku who hangs out in his dump of an apartment.

This is true. However, he learns more as he learns from fighting more and training with his master. Travis also purchases new weapons, can swing his sword with multiple stances, and use his head to take out outrageous assassins.

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The games use a z-targeting system similar to Nintendo games of the past, and this helps Travis take down multiple goons all at once. Things get bloody once Travis hits limit breaks called Jackpots. Entering his dark mode, Travis makes a bloody mess out of everyone with range, as he slashes at super speed and holds back nothing. But what’s a good hero without villains.

Really, there are no more heroes.

In both games, Travis has to take out the assassins who stand in his way. While he makes very few friends in the process, Travis faces the most outrageous killers.

Matt Helms. Pyromanic/ghost.
Matt Helms. Pyromanic/ghost.
Destroyman. Terrible hero, user of lightning, and mailman.
Destroyman. Terrible hero, user of lightning, and mailman.
Holly Summers. Equipped with prosthetic leg/ missile launcher.
Holly Summers. Equipped with prosthetic leg/ missile launcher.
Bad Girl. About as naughty as she looks, but seriously, she'll murder you if you're not careful.
Bad Girl. About as naughty as she looks, but seriously, she’ll murder you if you’re not careful.

I’d like to reveal more, but cannot without spoiling some of the plot. Just when you think a grandiose boss battle can’t be topped, the next assassin comes to throw Travis for a loop. These killers can be sympathetic at times, but their madness outweighs any good. They’re going to kill Travis by whatever means necessary.


So if you’re ever in need of an incredible pair of games that wipe away the notion of cutesy Wii-game, No More Heroes and its sequel, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle are the ones for you. PS3 and Xbox 360 owners can enjoy an enhanced port of the first game, No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise, but will miss out on the amazing sequel. Fans of No More Heroes can tweet me @Bumsteezy for their favorite United Assassin’s Association member or their favorite part of NMH!

Nerdswole is at San Diego Comic Con!

You heard it right! Brian, Alex, and Erin will be at the swolest nerd event of the year: San Diego Comic Con 2014!

Of course, we’ll be on the show floor, waiting for panels, and hauling all sorts of swag. However, we’re also here to witness the big events. Keep checking up on the Nerd Swole homepage for live updates and articles about the breaking news and releases that will be unveiled here at San Diego Comic-Con! Starting Thursday, all three of us will be posting as often as possible up until Sunday to cover the convention and make it like you came here yourself!

Now, to add to the SDCC hype train, here’s a list our must-see panels and booths!

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Every year I’ve been going to the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones panels because they always have good footage and bring out the entire cast to talk and answer questions. Both panels are always a fun time, the creators and cast seem to love the environment. Apart from that, I think everyone should be watching the Image Comics panels to see all the best of the best in the comics industry and to hear what’s new creative ideas are releasing soon.

The Walking Dead Panel 2013
The Walking Dead Panel 2013


Brian

I’m super excited about Saturday’s Hall H presentations. Hall H will have Marvel and Warner Brothers. I’m also extremely excited to test play Super Smash Bros 4 in the Nintendo lounge. However, my favorite activity is always looking at all of the amazing cosplay people do. Here are some examples from last year:

Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Warriors of Asgard protecting Mjolnr.
Warriors of Asgard protecting Mjolnr.
Red Son Superman
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Brian will be cosplaying this year, look out for his costume!

Alex

While the con itself was jam-packed with every fandom in existence, events and locales around the area were just as incredible. From the Nintendo Lounge (aka the mini-E3), the DC Charity Booth featuring custom KIA vehicles and auctioned off artwork, and even the Walking Dead obstacle course at Padres stadium, the whole city was alive with passion and excitement. Within the con, I can hardly wait for the Marvel and Warner Bros panels on Saturday, along with the premiere of Batman: Assault on Arkham!

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Promotional Hobbit set piece from 2013.
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Auctioned off Batman artwork.
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And lastly, exclusives! Megaman & Megaman X from Capcom Booth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brian: @theTwentyTwo
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Thoughts About Stuff: Cosplay

For those that don’t know, cosplay is a term used as short for costume play. People like to roleplay characters, or some people just dress up to pay an homage to their favorite characters. As I work on my own cosplay for San Diego Comic-Con, my respect for cosplayers grows and grows. I’m simply trying to make something cool that is durable and has low-maintenance. It actually is just a modified version of something I’ve done before and just hope to improve on, but I’m sure we’ve all seen cosplays where people go above and beyond.

I’ve mentioned before that I really respect cosplayers, but I don’t think you really really appreciate their work until you try and do it yourself. Their creativity and skills can be ultra impressive. Granted, we’ve all seen less than stellar cosplay.

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Maybe it’s bad on purpose, I dunno.

However, I’m basically in awe whenever I see really, really good cosplay. This is especially the case when it is in contrast to a cosplay that isn’t so good.

Master Le’s Mark VII, pretty famous for doing Iron Man/War Machine in general.

Another topic to discuss with cosplay though is girls. There are people who just think “BOOBS!” and that’s not right. First, let me reinforce the idea of cosplay doesn’t mean consent. A girl being dressed as another character and showing skin is absolutely not an opening for anyone to harass said girl. This is of course true in vice-versa it is just generally more prevalent in regards to women.

Jessica Nigri as Anya Stroud from Gears of War
Jessica Nigri cosplays as Blastoise

 

This cosplayer is Jessica Nigri. Is she attractive? Absolutely,very much so. Does that play into how popular her cosplay is? Probably yes. However, is her work in crafting and design not equally if not more impressive? 1000% Yes.

There have been numerous articles written about how cosplay doesn’t mean consent. Whether a woman (or anyone for that matter) is dressed up as the fully covered Anya Stroud or creating their own sexy Blastoise showing some skin, cosplays are made to be shown and looked at, this is true.

However, they aren’t made as a sign to say come touch or harass the cosplayer. I’m really just trying to say that we should all make a point to recognize the finer points of the craft, and respect the cosplayer as a person first above all else.

It’s really incredible how cosplay has become its own entity. There is entire communities formed from and based on cosplay. I could probably gif/picture storm this article, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be showing too much that people haven’t already seen. Just google your favorite character and cosplay and I’m sure you’ll find some really great stuff. You should also check out sites like deviantArt, tumblr, or theRPF if you’re interested in seeing more or making something.

I guess this article was really just about me being super impressed with cosplay in general, how big it’s become, and just people’s talent.

Of course, you know I have to leave you with a picture.

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Top 5: Fashionable Costumes in Comics

For all you fashionistas out there, today’s Top 5 will examine the Marc Jacobses, Dolce & Gabbanas, and Giorgio Armanis of comic books in picking the best costumes that characters wear. With tight spandex, bright colors, and missing garments everywhere, superheroes’ costumes have been reduced to just a point of contention or controversy. However, we can still celebrate this dynamic and illustrative aspect of comics and superheroes by taking a look at some of the best looking characters across universes.

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5. Storm

Recently, Storm has been rocking that pure white mohawk, and she’s actually pulling it off stupendously. Combined with her long-sleeved, low-cut top suit, she’s looking like one the hottest X women right now. The “X” on her torso is perfect placement, and the way her cape unfolds is very modern and effective for giving her an epic flying look.

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4. Invincible

A good example of seamless integration of a symbol into an outfit. The yellow “i” for Invincible (or Image, the company Invincible belongs to) is subtle, but super fitting in this tight costume, making good use of the space of the outfit from head and mask all the way down to the feet. The simple black, yellow, and light blue color combination also make this a winner.

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3. Spider-Woman

Jessica Drew herself is a tall, slender woman, with beautiful long hair, and her suit fits that shape very well. The red and gold color combination works perfectly, with just enough yellow in the middle and gloves to make the costume more interesting. The triangle shapes in the middle create a nice line that adds to the slender look, and the web net attached to her back adds a cool and far from tacky accessory.

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2. Rocketeer

The Rocketeer earns this spot almost by the sheer utility of his costume. His costume combines style and utility very well, not looking too burdened or tacky. The red jacket is probably the best feature, other than the jetpack and helmet of course, and shows a good sense of layering and uniqueness. With the durable jacket, pants, and boots, you know the Rocketeer will never be hurt by his high-powered traveling through the sky.

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1. The Joker

Yes, that’s right, psychopathic Joker earns my spot as the most fashionable person in comics. No one pulls off purple and green quite like him, and the slim fit three-piece suit with the occasional pinstripe and yellow flare represent the best of the best in what comic book characters are wearing these days. The white makeup and green hair complete his insane, but coordinated look. The nice shoes, fancy bow tie, and often long purple trench coat give this clown a little to like despite his often murderous and uncontrolled personality.