Thanks to the releases of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018, Marvel is hotter than ever. And that's exemplified by how many die-hard fans of Marvel films, TV shows and comic books are cosplaying as their favorite heroes at conventions across the globe.
You can credit a host of factors coming together:
Unforgettable characters -- Groot, Natasha, the entire country of Wakanda, and on and on.
Terrific actors ranging from Scarlett Johansson to Danai Gurira to Benedict Cumberbatch.
And the undeniable fact that these actors all just happen to look really good in some incredibly awesome, ridiculously colorful, and always over-the-top costumes.
For a cosplay nerd, the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to provide a nearly endless array of choices. You can slip into a skin-tight Natasha catsuit, or go emo as the Winter Soldier.
Maybe you break out the soldering iron and clank around in an Iron Man homage.
Or perhaps you prefer to go for a classic, U.S.A.-lovin' Captain Americaensemble.
This is a cosplay world that defies trends, refuses to get old, and is universally recognized, no matter where your con is or what language the fans speak.
But the fun doesn't end there. Heroes and villains from Marvel TV shows, Marvel comic books, and Marvel films outside the MCU all have their own cadre of cosplay devotees. We're talking about characters ranging from Elektras to Magnetos to Wolverines to Ghost Riders. Even those terrible Jessica Jones jeans have generated some killer cosplay.
Here are some of the most awesome cosplay looks featuring popular Marvel heroes and villains.
Here's a cosplayer striking a pose as Elektra at the MCM Comic Con 2018 in Manchester, England.prevnext
At the London Super Comic Con in 2017, a cosplayer poses as Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier.prevnext
This Iron Man cosplayer, at the MCM London Comic Con in 2017, is ready for blast off.prevnext
In Nairobi, Kenya, cosplayers dress up as various Black Panther characters — King T'Challa, Erik Killmonger and Nakia, among others.prevnext
At Collectormania 24 in Birmingham, England, a cosplayer — dressed as Spider-Man supervillain Carnage — poses for a picture.prevnext
Outside of New York Comic Con in 2017, a group of Avengers assembled for this photo.prevnext
Here's a Captain Americacosplayer posing outside the Birmingham Comic Con in 2017.prevnext
This adamantium-infused Wolverine cosplayer strikes a pose outside of the London Super Comic Con in 2017.prevnext
Here's another friendly neighborhood cosplayer, crouching down during the first day of the London Super Comic Con in 2017.prevnext
Here's a photo of Myke Soler, a cosplayer who combined a Star Wars stormtrooper with Deadpool, at Comic-Con International in 2015.prevnext
This cosplayer displays his extremely detailed Venom costume at MCM London Comic Con 2018.prevnext
Ice Ghost Rider
While many are used to seeing Ghost Rider with flames shooting out of his head, this cosplayer at MCM London Comic Con 2018 went with ice instead.prevnext
Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen
While at MCM London Comic Con in 2017, Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen team up for a picture.prevnext