50+ Ways You Can Channel Your Favorite Marvel Superhero (or Villain!) This Halloween
It goes without saying that Marvel is having a pretty great year. Spider-Man: Homecoming caused major waves with fans, and there are already a slew of new projects, like Thor: Ragnarok currently underway. That being said, it definitely seems like the perfect opportunity to channel your favorite character this Halloween. If you're obsessed with the films, or you're just a diehard fan of the comics, then you've come to the right place for inspiration. We have everything you need to impersonate your favorite superhero or villain this season!
- What to wear: Just your typical skintight pleather suit will do. You'll need a utility/weapons belt, and a wig with short, wavy red hair is a must.
- How to act: Casual, but armed with the knowledge that you could kick anyone's ass if you wanted to.
- What to wear: A long blond wig, black pants, and a red cape attached to an armored chest plate. You can fashion a winged helmet out of a bike helmet, cardboard, and tinfoil. And don't forget to carry around a huge, heavy hammer.
- How to act: Like an arrogant Norse god; use formal speech and kiss the hand of any lady who comes within striking distance.
- What to wear: A black miniskirt and tank under a red leather jacket. Black knee socks, boots, and leather arm warmers.
- How to act: Speak in a stilted Russian accent and lock eyes with people, staring at them enough to weird them out.
- What to wear: Blue pants and a red, white, and blue shirt with gloves and boots, plus a blue skull cap (or make it easy on yourself and buy it ready to go). Paint a shield with red and white rings with a star in the center.
- How to act: Like a '40s hero: lots of confident smiles and fist-clenching.
- What to wear: Black pants, black dress shirt, long black leather jacket, black gloves, and the moneymaker: a black eye patch.
- How to act: Be cool, calm, and collected. Look at people with your exposed eye and give them your best Samuel L. Jackson impression.
- What to wear: A shoulder-length strawberry-blond wig with bangs and a professional gray business suit with a skirt.
- How to act: Check your phone constantly and tell people Mr. Stark is busy.
- What to wear: A t-shirt and jeans will fit nicely under your gigantic wings.
- How to act: Trustworthy and solid.
- What to wear: Go totally DIY with a long-sleeved shirt and a long coat with big shoulders. Add spray-painted gold chest plates and arm shields. Carry a large stick and tell people it's a scepter, and don't forget your elaborate headpiece (with horns).
- How to act: Like you're here to take over the planet. Take no prisoners.
- What to wear: Red leggings, chest plate, and shields for your extremities painted gold and crimson. Don't forget a helmet; it's dangerous out there. If you don't have the time for DIY on this one, you can always buy the costume.
- How to act: Cocky. Remember, under that metal suit is a handsome, billionaire genius.
- What to wear: A black vest, black cargo pants, and black work boots with a S.H.I.E.L.D. badge on your chest. Strap your arrows to your back, and carry your bow around.
- How to act: Stoic and strong.
- What to wear: No shirt and a pair of shredded pants. Paint yourself green.
- How to act: Use broken but direct English to describe your emotions and needs. Smash stuff.
The Winter Soldier
- What to wear: A suit of leather armor with a metal arm, long, greasy hair, and a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- How to act: Don't speak, but do seem extremely tough and threatening.
Agent Maria Hill
- What to wear: Black everything: black boots, black leggings, black motorcycle jacket. Slick back your hair in a low ponytail and put in an earpiece.
- How to act: Very serious. Resist the urge to crack a smile and intone that the world is in peril.
- What to wear: A professional suit, but Coulson is in the details so make sure to put on your visitor's badge (if you're going for Thor-era Coulson), and either go with an earpiece or a walkie-talkie.
- How to act: Like a friendly Secret Service agent. Whip out your shades when necessary.
- What to wear: A black and red suit with a matching mask. Have your weapons harnessed on your back.
- How to act: Mentally unstable. Don't forget to make meta references about Ryan Reynolds.
- What to wear: A dark-wash denim shirt and matching jeans, a blue shawl, a red cape, black boots, a black belt, and a gold pendant necklace.
- How to act: Like one of the most powerful sorcerers on the planet.
- What to wear: This superhero is the easiest costume to put together. All you need is a gray tank top, casual boyfriend jeans, black combat boots, and a leather jacket.
- How to act: Determined. Don't let anyone get in your way.
- What to wear: You'll need a fitted yellow t-shirt, black pants, and matching boots.
- How to act: Unbreakable. Casually show off your biceps when you get a chance.
The Purple Man
- What to wear: In case the name didn't tip you off, you're going to need some purple body paint for your hands and face. You should also look dapper in a fitted suit.
- How to act: Constantly command people to do things for you. Get incredibly agitated when they don't do what you say.
- What to wear: A black leather vest, black pants, and leather gloves. Most importantly: paint your face green.
- How to act: Like a killer — and don't be that friendly. Not at first, anyway.
- What to wear: A body- and head-covering tree costume. Time to get creative with the DIYs.
- How to act: Lumber around and only say one thing: "I am Groot."
- What to wear: A long, red leather jacket; a t-shirt; and boots with a crossbody bag. Extra points for the Walkman and mask.
- How to act: Cocky, heroic, and charming.
- What to wear: A raccoon suit with a little vest and pants over it.
- How to act: Inappropriate and bossy.
Professor X, Patrick Stewart Edition
- What to wear: Aside from a wheelchair, you'll need a classic black suit, a white button-down, and a tie. Also consider getting a bald cap.
- How to act: Extremely powerful. Press your hand to your temple every once in a while like you're reading someone's mind.
Professor X, James McAvoy Edition
- What to wear: You have to go full '70s. Wide-leg flared corduroy pants, a matching jacket, and a classy sweater with a button-up underneath.
- How to act: You're in charge of a school full of kids with crazy powers, so you are pretty busy. You're also in charge of making sure the world doesn't explode, so basically your head hurts all the time.
Magneto, Ian McKellen Edition
- What to wear: An all-black ensemble with touches of red. You'll definitely need a cape and gloves.
- How to act: You're an incredibly powerful mutant. You have the power to control magnetic fields, but you're also a deep guy with a sensitive side.
Magneto, Michael Fassbender Edition
- What to wear: A maroon Under Armour shirt with matching chest armor and a cape along with black pants, black boots, and black gloves. Don't forget your helmet!
- How to act: Intelligent, but very stubborn. You're also deeply wounded by the deaths of your family members, and you're out for vengeance.
Jean Grey, Famke Janssen Edition
- What to wear: You'll need to get decked out in a deep blood-red suit. Grab a long maroon wig or dye your hair for the night.
- How to act: You are arguably the most powerful of the X-Men, and you know it. You have the powers of telekinesis and telepathy — just don't demonstrate them at a party. It (probably) won't work.
Jean Grey, Sophie Turner Edition
- What to wear: You can either wear cool '80s clothes (if you're Jean Grey the student) or a skintight blue suit that zips down the front. Long red hair is a must.
- How to act: You're still getting used to your powers. You feel responsible for the destruction you can create and your guilt carries into your everyday life.
Storm, Halle Berry Edition
- What to wear: A black suit and cape along with a white wig. Grab some white contact lenses for extra measure.
- How to act: Like a force of nature. Get it?
Storm, Alexandra Shipp Edition
- What to wear: Good luck putting together this costume with things from around the house. You need a full rubber bodysuit, complete with a cape and a white mohawk.
- How to act: You have a chip on your shoulder, and you're out to dominate the world.
Cyclops, James Marsden Edition
- What to wear: Jeans, a leather jacket, and of course, sunglasses. You can probably find a similar pair from Oakley.
- How to act: Collected and in control, except if someone threatens your fiancée, Jean Grey.
Cyclops, Tye Sheridan Edition
- What to wear: Honestly, you can get away with jeans and a t-shirt, as long as you wear some special sunglasses to protect your red eye beams from getting out and severing trees.
- How to act: You have no idea how to control your power yet, and it terrifies you. Despite this, you try to remain cool in front of your crush, Jean Grey.
Beast, Kelsey Grammer Edition
- What to wear: Full-on blue face paint with impressive blue sideburns. Toss on a doctor's lab coat.
- How to act: You're brilliant and you have heightened senses. The fact that you're a blue beast is really just an afterthought.
Beast, Nicholas Hoult Edition
- What to wear: Khakis, a sweater-vest with a button-up shirt and tie underneath, a lab coat, and some thick glasses.
- How to act: Like you're still coming into your own as a scientist (and a mutant). You want to help out the team, but you're constantly distracted by Mystique's beauty.
Mystique, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos Edition
- What to wear: I hope you're not allergic to latex. Then again, if you don't know a makeup artist who can deck you out in head-to-toe blue, just go to a costume store, get a blue bodysuit, and draw on some weird scales. You'll also need a red wig and yellow contacts.
- How to act: You're Magneto's right-hand woman, and you would do anything for him. You can also shapeshift into other people. Again, don't try this at a Halloween party. It would be weird.
Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence Edition
- What to wear: See above.
- How to act: You're stealthy, and you're still figuring out your options — romance- and life-wise.
- What to wear: A white tank top, jeans, and fake claw hands. You'll also need some sideburns to really pull off the look.
- How to act: A little sharp around the edges, but wise beyond your years.
- What to wear: You'll need all black-clothing and long brown hair with a white streak down the front.
- How to act: Rogue is a fun one, since she can take on the powers of whoever she touches. Just go around touching people and imitating them. That's a good way to make friends.
- What to wear: Normal teenage boy clothes, but with a silver duster and some goggles.
- How to act: Run everywhere. Carry a boombox with you.
- What to wear: Like Mystique, you're all blue. But instead of scales, you're covered in scarred symbols. You'll also need to rock an emo haircut with blue streaks and some elfin ears.
- How to act: Get ready to perfect your German accent. You're timid, but excited to finally be with your fellow mutants.
- What to wear: Jeans and a gray sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off. (You're so cool.)
- How to act: You have the ability to release energy, so just threaten people with that. On the whole, you're an alright guy.
- What to wear: Full. '80s. A yellow jacket, pigtails, and pink glasses.
- How to act: We didn't get to see a lot of Jubilee in Apocalypse, but we do know that she has the power to create plasmoid using her hands. Just go around explaining what plasmoids are.
- What to wear: If you're really wanting to perfect the look, we suggest getting a Spidey suit for the occasion.
- How to act: Dorky, yet lovable. Stick out your palms at people like you're going to shoot out a web.
- What to wear: A red pleather suit with a matching mask and the superhero's weapon of choice, a billy club.
- How to act: Incredibly in touch with your surroundings.
- What to wear: A sleeveless black shirt with a red turtleneck underneath, black pants, a belt, and matching gloves. You should also carry around two swords.
- How to act: Like a skilled assassin.
- What to wear: A blue suit with a gold helmet and body armor. You should also paint your face and hands blue.
- How to act: Everything you do is superhuman.
- What to wear: You'll need a black morphsuit and a pair of cat ears.
- How to act: You have reflexes like a cat.
- What to wear: Red body paint is a must. You should also wear a green suit with a yellow cape.
- How to act: Pretend to shoot fire beams from your hands.
- What to wear: A blue and red track jacket, matching blue pants, red boots, matching gloves, and a star on your chest.
- How to act: You are incredibly strong. Show off your abilities by running laps around your friends.
- What to wear: For the Fantastic Four costume, you'll need a blue suit, black gloves, and a number four placed on your chest.
- How to act: You're the leader of the group. Take charge, but don't stretch yourself too thin.
- What to wear: Aside from your Fantastic Four costume, you'll also need a blond wig.
- How to act: Concentrate really hard and pretend like you're invisible around your friends.
The Human Torch
- What to wear: To have the appearance of fire, you should make your Fantastic Four suit red and wear an orange wig.
- How to act: A little hotheaded. Be handy if someone asks for a light.
- What to wear: Aside from wearing blue pants, you'll need to get a shirt and mask that resemble pebbles. You should also consider wearing muscle padding under your clothes.
- How to act: Strong as a rock.