Black Widow is a popular character to cosplay. Her costume is relatively easy, she has power and sex appeal, and her character’s stories run deep in the Marvel universe making her an easily recognized person.
Most cosplayers opt for the sleek, black bodysuit accented with a low-hanging belt that has appeared most frequently in throughout her career, although portrayal of her live action persona in the recent Marvel movies like The Avengers is becoming more common. The latter costume kits out into more practical, military-style attire. Black Widow cosplayers most often convey her with long red hair since that’s typically how she’s worn it in the comics, although she had a very short cut for a period in the 1980s and now sports shorter hair as well with the look Scarlett Johannsen brings to the present.
I’ve always been a fan of Natasha Romanova AKA Black Widow. She is one of the most prominent female characters in the Marvel Universe and has been anywhere from a solo agent for both the Russians and S.H.I.E.L.D., a team member of the Avengers and Champions (and others), and a partner to Daredevil, Hawkeye (and others). Because she was introduced very early in the Marvel Universe (40 years ago!), she has had a significant number of stories where she appeared as a supporting or primary character. Here’s hoping she will get her own movie very soon!
Here are some random pictures of cosplayers that have donned the Black Widow suit both at conventions and in photo shoots.
I don’t know which movie this comes from but, golly, this is adorable. Anyone know the source and the actresses?
I think every woman should have a little bad in her. Keep her friends and lovers on their toes, what say? This is a perfect preamble to New Year’s Eve. Be safe, but don’t be afraid to be a little bad, girls.
Been a while since my last post. But, I just got from San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and had a bunch of pictures, so I figure I might as well put them out here, starting with a gallery of cosplayers.
For those of you unfamiliar with cosplay, it’s the creation and wearing of costumes that represent popular culture figures primarily out of Japanese anime and American superhero genres. But it doesn’t have to stop there. A lot of costumes reflect characters from around the world in comics, TV, movies, and other. In fact, there’s no limiting the type of costumes cosplayers create other than one’s imagination.
The San Diego Comic-Con has hundreds of attendees that show up in a wide variety of costumes. These cosplayers range from showcasing common popular costumes (such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man, Superman, Harley Quinn, and Star Wars stormtroopers) to self-created costumes. My favorites are the humorous ones, particularly the “mash-ups” (i.e., the combination of characters to create a unique and funny new character, such as Zombie Slave Leia).
Most cosplayers make their own costumes. Some are exceptionally talented both artistically and technically. Comic-Con holds a masquerade every year where cosplayers are able to showcase their creations for prizes. The Masquerade itself is pretty awkward since the cosplayers often act out skits related to their characters. The skits are usually clunky and unnecessary, unfortunately. But the better costumes are incredible and it’s nice to see the creators get a chance to show them off.
Anyway, if you get a chance to go to a comic convention or similar pop culture event, watch for the cosplayers. Some of the best cosplayers are walking down the aisles posing periodically for admiring fans.
Here’s another review from Jason F. Smith. Tremendous apologies to writer and readers alike. I had this sitting in my email and I just kept forgetting to sit down and add it. If you’re thinking of renting or purchasing the movie, hear what Jason has to say about it. Since there’s a possibility that a youngster or discriminating parent may read this review, I’ve taken the liberty to water down some of Jason’s more colorful language.
It’s been a heck week here and yesterday at about 3:25 I had had enough. I told my son Riley to get up and we were going to the movie. In Heber, we had Man of Steel and Monsters University as choices, and I hated Man of Steel. At 3:40 we arrived to the 3:30 showing of Monsters University, handily skipping all the previews, and sat down.
Let me just say: Perfect Movie.
- The animation is incredible. It just gets better and better in terms of quality of looking real.
- The animation of the monsters and the campus was also absolutely incredible, the feel of a college campus was evoked while at the same time each frame was chock full of details and bits and hidden little jokes.
- The two main voice actors, Billy Crystal and John Goodman are absolutely perfect.
- The story… perfect. Not a single itch. NOT A SINGLE ONE. Never once do you go… what the …? NEVER ONCE.
- The characters, motivations, are intricate, yet simple, and believable. There were genuine moments of emotional honestly, and my heart filled with emotion more than once.
And… the writing was always ‘fresh’, clever, and funny. This can’t be understated: The story itself surprises you, and yet it doesn’t. It delivers what you expect, but in a surprising way, without having to be hokey and irritating. That is a skill lost in Hollywood. The desire to ‘surprise’ you like in that hokeyTom Cruise movie Oblivion led them to the stupidest decisions. Pixar has no need to do that. They surprise you within the story, yet fulfill your expectations. No need to make you gasp. Instead… you just smile and nod your head.
If I had one word describing this storytelling? Graceful. It’s gracefully done.
And finally, seeing it with my 17 year old son was a trip, because as a child he LOVED Monsters Incorporated, it was one of those DVDs that he watched over and over again at home. Now grown up to watch it from a more adult angle, he really enjoyed it, and the time we spent together. It was cathartic magic.
Am I blowing this movie up out of proportion? Probably. But man it hit the spot.