Despite the weapons policy confusion, this year’s cosplay was better than ever. Hundreds of people from across the spectrum of pop culture gathered at the Denver Comic Con to celebrate their fandom by dressing as their favorite characters. Whether it’s a simple hat and t-shirt or hundreds of pounds of craft foam and leather, cosplay has become one of the biggest attractions of the convention.
It was no surprise that Firefly and Stranger Things costumes dominated, given that Nathan Fillion and three of the kids from the hit Netflix series were in attendance. Multiple Kaylee, Jayne, and Captain Tightpants himself could be found on the convention floor, and guest Millie Bobbie Brown’s “Eleven” character was popular with men, women, and children. DC appeared to be winning the cosplay television series war against Marvel, with Green Arrow and Flash dominating Daredevil (while I’m sure there were some there, I didn’t see a single Jessica Jones, Punisher, Luke Cage, or Iron Fist — even though Mike Colter and Finn Jones were both guests). Giving both Marvel and DC a run for their money, though, was George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world from the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Meanwhile, in the cinematic universe, Marvel was once again king. Although perennial staples Superman and Batman were in abundance, the sheer quantity of characters the MCU has put out in the past decade guaranteed their dominance. Oversized Groot cosplay was once again a favorite of onlookers, and Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldiers were in abundance, but there was no shortage of Ant-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Spider-Man, either. Lord of the Rings continues to have a strong showing, including my personal non-craft-foam favorite, Saruman.
In the comic book world, there was an excellent blend of classic and new characters. Plenty of Squirrel Girl and Gwenpool to go along with the Captain America, Superman, and Wonder Woman. And of course, it just wouldn’t be Comic Con without a bevy* of Deadpools wandering around.
Anime and video games claimed the majority of the remainder, with Blizzard properties Overwatch and World of Warcraft topping the list.