How These Cosplayers Are Changing The Face Of Superheroes

Two young girls are leading the way in changing the face of superheros, donning Black Panther cosplay at Comic Con International and promoting diversity.

They stand side-by-side on the red carpet, perfectly encompassing the  fierceness of Shuri, a character from Marvel's "Black Panther" which sparked a shift towards diversity among superheros.

Cosplayers dressed as Shuri from Black Panther. Photo: Reuters

For just shy of 50 years, the comic convention in San Diego has annually attracted up to 130,000 people of all nationalities, genders, sizes and abilities to celebrate all things comics, movies and science fiction.

“It’s super important,” one participant told Thomson Reuters.

“It’s a good way just to connect everybody together and just appreciate everybody’s fandom and it’s a good way to just visually celebrate it as well.”

Cosplay is a kind of performance art that allows fans to appear as their favourite characters, and is popular at these kind of popular culture conventions.

Thousands flock to Comic Con International. Photo: Reuters

While there’s an array of white, male characters - especially superheroes - this doesn’t deter many female fans from putting a feminine spin on characters that are traditionally men.

It's timely, considering the casting of Natalie Portman as a female Thor alongside Chris Hemsworth in Marvel’s upcoming “Love and Thunder”.

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Others simply take every human aspect out of Cosplay opting for creatures like dragons, robots and aliens... or even a magic carpet, from the 'Aladdin' movies.

Cosplayers take on Disney. Photo: Associated Press

As a Disney nut, my pick from this year’s line- up is the crew who perfectly depicted the cast of Aladdin right down to the magic carpet.