We’ve had a huge year for cool new geeky shows to inspire costume this Halloween. We considered both Loki and WandaVision but in the end decided to do a family them of Marvel What If Costumes.
Marvel’s What If is a new show on Disney+, so new that some people may not ‘get’ your costume, or who you are trying to be. That’s ok. If you landed on this page, then you are either know what What If is or are intrigued enough by something that you are checking out these What If costume ideas.
Marvel What If Costumes
A friend inspired me to make a Captain Carter costume for a last minute trip to the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland. I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but somehow it turned out really great. Check out the tutorial on how I made my DIY Captain Carter costume and Captain Carter shield
As a result, my family decided to pick Marvel What If characters for our annual Halloween costume theme. I was headed back to the Oogie Boogie Bash with them the next month and we always attend wearing themed costumes.
In the end we went with costumes from the zombie episode (episode 5). Quinn dressed as Zombie Captain America. A modified Captain America costume and zombie makeup make this costume fairly easily to pull off. Check out the DIY Zombie Captain America costume tutorial for full details.
Bucky Barnes – What If… episode 5
Elliot already wanted to be some version of the Winter Solider/Bucky Barnes. Bucky appears in the Zombie episode and during the episode he acquires Captain America’s shield.
So we kept his costume to a simple, recognizable Winter Soldier costume shirt with a beat up Captain America shield. I made the costume shirt by adding one silver long sleeve to a black shirt. Then used my Cricut to cut out a red star and ironing it on the shoulder.
We made a standard Captain America Shield and then Elliot smeared little sharpie marks all over it, to make it look beat up.
Happy Hogan – What If… episode 5
Peter is happy to dress up in theme with us as long as his costume is simple and comfortable. Simple and comfortable costumes translate into t-shirt focused costumes like his Beagle Boys costume from DuckTales or Riley’s Boyfriend costume from Inside Out.
As soon as I watched the zombie episode and I saw Happy Hogan in his silly shirt for Peter Parker’s vlog, I knew it would be perfect for him. The shirt reads “I’m not single, I’m saving myself for Thor.” The shirt was simple enough to make, you can grab my Cricut Design file here if you want to recreate it.
DIY Iron Man Glove
And then I modified a glove with duct tape to create the Iron Man blaster. I cut the finger tips off of a dark red glove (left glove). Then I added silver duct tape around the edge of each finger tip and the wrist.
Initially I wanted to rig up a light for the center of the glove but decided to keep it simple. Instead I just added a yellow circle of duct tape to ‘simulate’ the repulsor light.
Additional What If Costumes
Additional What If costume ideas include the following:
- The Watcher – All Episodes
- Peter Parker wearing Doctor Strange’s Cape – Episode 5
- Zombie Iron Man – Episode 5
- Star Lord – T’Challa – Episode 2
- Steve Rogers in Hydra STOMPER – Episode 1
- Ant Man (head in a jar) – Episode 5
- Ultron/Vision – Episode 8
- ‘Evil’ Dr. Strange – Episode 4
Marvel What If Series
Disney+ unveiled a new trailer and poster today for Marvel Studios’ “What If…?,” showcasing the compelling series that reimagines famous events from films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Creating a multiverse of infinite possibilities, “What If… ?” features fan-favorite characters, including Peggy Carter, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Killmonger, Thor and more. The new series, directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, features signature MCU action with a curious twist. Marvel Studios’ first-ever animated series launches on Disney+ on Wednesday, August 11.Disney+
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This post was originally published October 21, 2021.