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Jane Banner from Wind River

Jane Banner (played by Elizabeth Olsen) is an FBI agent sent to investigate the death of Natalie Hanson (played by Kelsey Chow). Natalie Hanson’s death is the main conflict of the movie Wind River and for good reason. Director Taylor Sheridan has stated that he wrote Wind River expressly to highlight the staggering number of First Nations and Native women that are killed or go missing,

The movie ends with statistics on the number of Native women that go missing or are murdered each year: in America Native women are twice as likely as any other group of women to suffer violence, particularly sexual assault and homicide. Of those crimes, 67% of the attackers are non-Native. It has been described as a national crisis in Canada and an epidemic in America. For more information please visit Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA.

Jane Banner is unaware of these issues when she first arrives in Wind River, Wyoming. She quickly realizes the depth of the issue, however. Though she nearly loses her life in the process and comes away with raw appreciation for the situation she walked into.

When Banner first arrives in Wind River she is dressed in the usual clothes one would expect of an FBI Agent. Black shoes, a black pantsuit, and a white button down shirt. She wears her long hair down and has minimal makeup. When Cory Lambert (played by Jeremy Renner) takes her out to see the victim, Banner is loaned a blue snow suit that had belonged to Hanson. Finally, when she confronts Hanson’s murderers, she is wearing a long black down coat, black pants, a black belt, a bullet proof vest, black snow boots, and a black beanie. She also has her pistol in a hip holster and has her hair tied up under her hat.

The movie Wind River awakened many people to the dangers faced by Native women. Your cosplay may inspire some questions as well, which is a good thing. It’s a topic that needs to be discussed, and addressed, for all of the real-world Natalie Hansons and their loved ones.

Vision’s Halloween Costume from WandaVision

Vision (played by Paul Bettany) died in the Battle of Wakanda. But that doesn’t stop him from being a loving father and husband to Wanda in WandaVision. Most of the time, that is. When he starts to notice the strange truth of his world he seeks answers. And it takes him well beyond his limits, even as an Avenger.

Before Vision finds true terror on Halloween, he dresses up with his family. His costume is a callback to Vision’s original look in the comics though with a few tweaks to make it sitcom-Halloween friendly.

Copying the luck is much easier than copying his look as an Avenger. A green hooded bodysuit does most of the work and red face paint finishes it. Cosmetic glue adds the green “mind stone” on the brow and yellow felt creates the yellow diamond on the chest of the bodysuit. After that all you need is a yellow cloak and yellow running  shorts, yellow socks and white shoes!

Tommy and Billy from WandaVision

Tommy and Billy from WandaVision

Tommy (Jett Klyne) and Billy (Julian Hilliard) are the twin boys of Vision and Wanda Maximoff. They’ve grown from babies to boys in only a matter of days. And there’s no telling what’s on the horizon for these two boys when their comic origins are just as unbelievable as their MCU origins!

The boys adapted their comic costumes for their Halloween costumes in the sixth episode of WandaVision. Tommy dressed in a variation of his uncle Pietro’s costume which makes sense since he sees himself as a smaller version of his uncle. Jeans cut off at the knee, blue running pants, a blue t-shirt layered over a blue long sleeve shirt, and running pants make up the core of his outfit. Silver reflective tape creates the lightning bolt on his chest while silver hair spray rounds out his costume.

Billy’s costume is an adaptation of Wiccan’s comic costume. A blue band holds back his brown hair while a long red length of fabric doubles as a rough cloak around his shoulders. A long sleeve grey shirt and grey sweats with black shoes finishes off the look.

Victor Zsasz from Birds of Prey

Victor Zsasz from Birds of Prey

Victor Zsasz (played by Chris Messina) is the right-hand man to Roman Sionis (played by Ewan McGregor). He seems like a friendly guy but don’t let the smile fool you. Nothing makes him happier than hurting other people. Whether it’s the Bertinelli family, Harley, or anyone else Sionis points him at, Zsasz doesn’t hesitate to make them suffer.

Thankfully you can dress up like Zsasz without taking on his more “aggressive” qualities. The first thing you’ll need is a green striped short sleeve shirt. It’s the iconic costume piece for this version of Zsasz. You’ll also need a black pair of slacks, a black leather belt and matching shoes, and hair bleach. Zsasz also wears a black coat when they go after Harley and the others in the amusement park. You can even add in a few costume daggers or knives as well. Just make sure that they’re allowed at the event you’re attending!

Wanda in WandaVision

Pietro from WandaVision

Pietro’s appearance in WandaVision was one of the biggest shocks in a show built on leaving the viewers confused. And just like everything else in the show, his appearance brought more questions than it answered. The biggest of which was why Evan Peters’ Pietro showed up at Wanda’s door and not the brother she actually lost who was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

While Quicksilver’s face might be what Marvel fans expected, his Halloween costume was at least close. Based off his original comic costume, it’s just what you’d expect a speedster to throw together on the fly. The best part is that it’s easy to put together your own too!

Denim cutoffs (made using the jeans listed above) layered over blue compression pants match the blue long sleeve shirt worn under a blue short sleeve shirt and make up the majority of the costume. The silver lightning bolt on Pietro’s chest can be copied with iron-on reflective silver tape while hair gel styles a grey wig into the wings he styled his own hair into. Finish off the look with a white belt and white running shows and you’re ready to go!

Travis from Disjointed

Travis from Disjointed

Travis (played by Aaron Moten) is the co-owner of Ruth’s Alternative Caring. He’s the most forward-thinking of the group and for good reason: he has an MBA. And while his mom might not pay much attention to it, Travis uses it to help out the dispensary in every way he can. His business ideas really put Ruth’s on the map.

Travis has a really laid back sense of fashion. To cosplay as him you’ll want a comfortable button down that you roll at your elbows. Layer a t-shirt under that and a pair of jeans with nice shoes that are also comfortable. Print up a business plan and keep it handy, too!

Washini from Aggretsuko

Washimi from Aggretsuko

Washimi (voiced by Komegumi Koiwasaki in the original Japanese and Tara Platt in the English dub) is a secretary bird who is, fittingly, the secretary for the president of Chalaryman Trading Company. She is no-nonsense hard-kicking pragmatist who balances the more flighty natures of her two best friends Gori and Retsuko. That’s not to say she doesn’t have a soft side, though. You just have to get close to see it!

To cosplay as Washimi you’ll want to start with a white wig that is long enough to style back with silver hair pins that mimic her feathers. A white shirt and blazer pair with a black pencil skirt and yellow leggings to set up her work style. And, finally, yellow pumps finish off the look.

Jake Pentecost from Pacific Rim Uprising

Jake Pentecost from Pacific Rim Uprising

Jake Pentecost (played by John Boyega) is the son of Stacker Pentecost, arguably one of the most famous Jaeger pilots in the history of the program. And that’s a big legacy to live up to. It makes Jake reckless. And though that’s what got him kicked out of the Pan Pacific Defense League to start with, it’s also what might help him save the day in the end.

Like his father, Jake prefers to wear a neatly trimmed mustache. You can either try the fake one listed above or follow this tutorial to draw one in if growing one is not an option.

Jake also follows the uniform expected of a PPDL ranger, though he is a little more casual with it: A tan uniform shirt with the PPDL patch, a name tag, and a pilot’s pin. A white undershirt, black pants, and black combat boots. It’s a straightforward look expected of rangers in the resurrected PPDL and one Pentecost wears well as he forges a legacy all his own!

(Check out our other Pacific Rim costumes)

Hero Boy from The Polar Express

Hero Boy from The Polar Express

Hero Boy (also known as Chris and voiced by Daryl Sabara as a child and Tom Hanks as an adult) is the narrator of both the book and the movie The Polar Express. Though Chris is losing his faith in Christmas he is still holding out hope for the magic he once felt for the holiday. All it takes is a trip on the Polar Express to reignite the spark.

There are a couple of options when it comes to cosplaying Hero Boy. His yellow pajamas are a little hard to come by so you can either grab a pair of gold pajamas for men or a pair of yellow women’s pajamas. Both are fairly unisex in cut so it comes down to whichever would be more comfortable.

Throw on a blue robe and slip into a pair of brown leather loafers. Grab your ticket and you’re ready to ride The Polar Express!

M. Jean from The Grand Budapest Hotel

M. Jean from The Grand Budapest Hotel

M. Jean (played by Jason Schwartzman) does not have a large role in The Grand Budapest Hotel. But the size of his role does not change how important he is in the film. M. Jean is a direct contrast to Bill Murray’s M. Ivan and Ralph Fiennes’ M. Gustave. Whereas the older men did their job with polish and pride, M. Jean seems to do his job simply because it is his job. The pins on his lapels mark him as a member of The Society of the Crossed Keys but he does not have the same polish as either Ivan or Gustave. And that is the point.

Because M. Jean represents the less splendorous present life of The Gran Budapest, his uniform is much simpler than the men that came before him. He wears a simple purple suit with a red tie and white undershirt. Black dress shoes round out the clothing while a thin mustache and a cigarette complete his appearance. And, of course, the pins signifying his membership in The Society of the Crossed Keys.