Doctor Octopus is ready for battle, as is the brand new carpeting in the Stephens Center lobby!
It’s that time again! This weekend my wife and I made another journey up to Wizard World Chicago in scenic Rosemont, IL, where we found ample enjoyment and new purchases alongside peers and aficionados of comics and genre entertainment. A few guest cancellations dampened our spirits somewhat, but we persevered and enjoyed our couple’s outing anyway, especially since Anne’s entire weekend admission was free as a consolation prize given to her and a couple thousand other fans after David Tennant’s last-minute cancellation last year.
Once again we lead off a new convention miniseries with the mandatory cosplay galleries. We captured whoever we could while wandering the show floor Friday and Saturday in between the autograph lines, the random bits of shopping, and the nightmarish photo-op area, whose Saturday morning state I previously described on Facebook as “a dumpster fire run over by Pamplona bulls being chased by multiple Sharknados.” Anyway: the first three chapters will represent a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the costumes that were in the house. Because I always feel the need to divide cosplayers into arbitrary categories, our first set spotlights the stars of screen and page from the multimedia worlds of Marvel and DC Comics. As always, keep in mind we’re not paid professionals with $3000 cameras. We’re a pair of geeks all too happy to share photos and give away amateur journalism for free. Enjoy!
An old-school Doc Ock mixing it up with his worst enemy.
Okoye! Black Panther! Ulysses Klaue! Killmonger!
Ant-Man and the Wasp and their new bouncer Drax.
Scarlet Witch and Dr. Strange, who probably could’ve taken Thanos together if CERTAIN HEROES hadn’t SCREWED UP.
Years into it, the Deadpool cosplay craze still hasn’t died. This one brought his own unicorn pool-pal.
Another Deadpool insists that’s not an inflatable unicorn. This is an inflatable unicorn.
Everyone loves Deadpool’s unicorn, from Harley Quinn…
…to Poison Ivy. Well, maybe Rey and Kylo Ren don’t love Deadpool.
Another Deadpool accompanies a classic villain called Taskmaster, who duplicated all the weapons and physical abilities of the Avengers. Sadly for him, none of the Avengers was a unicorn.
Bob Rosspool, all but certain his favorite happy place is in a unicorn painting.
Wolverine was dead for awhile recently, and Deadpool was right there with the tasteless protest at his funeral.
Beverly Goldbergpool is more about ducks than unicorns.
Mandatory Squirrel Girl. I’d post an entire Squirrel Girl cosplay gallery if only we’d met more. Rats.
Starfire and Raven of the Teen Titans, now in theaters! Unlike Squirrel Girl, who is not.
The great Mary Marvel, who probably won’t be in next year’s Shazam movie unless they can find a less litigious name.
A better Green Lantern than Ryan Reynolds. Then again, who hasn’t been.
I didn’t mind Mark Strong as Sinestro, but this one is a contender for that coveted yellow ring.
Special shout-out to Jimmy Olsen, who kept my wife company in Tom Welling’s autograph line while I was off bulldozing my way through a crowd of upset Outlander fans. They agreed Olsen was a far better photographer than Peter Parker, glorified master of super-selfies.
Speaking of which: Spider-Man and his amazing variants!
To be continued! Other chapters in this special MCC miniseries:
Part 2: Movie Cosplay!
Part 3: Last Call for Cosplay!
Part 4: Ghostbusters!
Part 5: Who Else We Met, What Else We Did
Part 6: Objects of Affection