Photography by Andrew Villagomez.
A huge part of the annual New York Comic Con convention is cosplay (costume play), with thousands decked out as superheroes, villains, video game characters, and more. And just in time for any of you who still don't know what to be this Halloween (or an idea for future costume parties or events), a gathering of Marvel's X-Men cosplayers from this year's NYCC; along with who they are dressed up as.
First up, the X-Men's man of steel, Russian mutant Colossus. He has the ability to turn his tall, dark, and handsome physique into organic steel at will. Fun fact: His Ultimate X-Men alternative version is gay
The well-known Cyclops has optic blasts at his disposal, but it maybe tricky to mimic his eye visor (and have it glow like this cosplayer), but a pair of dark-red sunglasses could also work.
Mutant music star Dazzler can turn sound into powerful light beams (that she campily uses in concerts when not in battle). She and many of the X-ladies would be great for cross dressing, but, alternatively, male versions of these women could also be fun.
Gaining mainstream popularity with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he was played by hottie Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool's more mimic-able attributes include his mastery of sword and gun (a.k.a. having accessories!)
Emma Frost is always as evil as she comes off in X-Men First Class, in fact, today she is part of the X-Men team. A skilled telepath, she is also one of the more skimpily dressed mutants (this is a more clothed version of her. If she were a man, no doubt she'd be completely topless).
Gambit has always been a fan favorite, and was popular at NYCC. If you don't have time to put together the costume, there is a packaged one available. A simple version would call for a long brown jacket, a staff, and a playing cards.
Karma may be less-known by non-fans of the X-Men, but she is a telepath and one of the first major lesbian characters in comics. Read more on her and the recent happenings with other gay heroes here.
Lady Deadppol is a female counterpart of Deadpool from the alternate universe. This cosplayer did an interesting take on her, which is also an example of a gender-bending take on Deadpool himself.
Shapeshifting mutant villain/hero Mystique gives Emma Frost a run for her money on amount of clothing worn; especially her movie version from the X-Men film series.
Son of Mystique, Nightcrawler is a teleporter with demon-esque features who might be a hard costume to make, but this cosplayer makes it look easy.
The more creative look of the telepaths listed is Psylocke; who also is a master ninja. Her iconic purple locks is something to have fun with and an excuse to dye your hair.
Sassy southern belle Rogue's mutant power of absorption of other abilities, powers, and memories is not mimic-able itself, but her many green outfits and hair sure are. Pair up with a Gambit for a great couple/duo photo.
X-Men villain turned Avenger hero Scarlet Witch was another popular choice at NYCC. Her magical abilities can be attempted to copy, but you'd probably have more luck by just dressing like her.
The phasing mutant Shadowcat in the X-Men film series was more of a minor character, but in the comics she is quite central at times (today she is headmistress of the mutant's school). She also has the most awesome pet, a dragon named Lockheed.
Storm, as her name implies has power over the weather elements. A fan favorite, all of her outfits worn through the comics (and film) have involved a cape and her signature white hair.
The most famous X-Men Wolverine was the top choice for many X-Men cosplayers at NYCC. This fan in particular most resembled Hugh Jackman's Wolverine from the X-Men film series (even down to the cigar).