‘Marvel Method: Cosplay’ builds toward a Comic-Con reveal

July 08, 2014 | 4:02 p.m.

They might have called it “How to Cosplay the Marvel Way.”

After all, Stan Lee and John Buscema’s “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” has proved enduringly popular. But “The Watcher” host Lorraine Cink’s and Marvel cosplay blogger Judy Stephens’ new video series is titled “Marvel Method: Cosplay.”

The duo will explore the method to cosplay madness in chapters released every Tuesday and Thursday until Comic-Con, with input from costume designer Carly Bradt, wig specialist Katie Hondrogen and cosplayer Yaya Han. The plan: Choose a character, design and construct the costume, and reveal it at Marvel’s booth at the pop-culture exposition in San Diego later this month.

So, which mighty Marvel hero did they choose?

“After considering so many powerful women of the Marvel Universe, we continued to be drawn back to the Scarlet Witch,” Cink said in a statement. “Her recent death in ‘Uncanny Avengers,’ her upcoming appearance in ‘Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ and her stunning redesign by John Cassaday for the Marvel NOW! initiative all played part in our ultimate decision to build her costume. However, the true linchpin for me was that Wanda Maximoff is one of the most complex, dynamic and powerful players in the Marvel Universe — who could resist the opportunity to be her for a day?”

The premiere episode, viewable above, launched Tuesday on YouTube.

Marvel has been enthusiastic in featuring cosplayers dressed as characters from the House of Ideas (and encouraging them to do so), with “Marvel Method: Cosplay” being the latest expression of that effort. So far, there doesn’t seem to be any hex on it.

With just over two weeks left until Comic-Con, time’s running out on building an elaborate costume: Keep in mind that Cink, Stephens and company had a couple months’ head start on this project.

If you do decide to follow along and build your own Scarlet Witch costume for this year’s Comic-Con or a future event, maybe get a friend to be the Vision. And if you don Wanda’s famous red duds, don’t forget to practice saying, “No more mutants.”

Blake Hennon | Google+ | @LATHeroComplex

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