When our favorite heroes are dragged from the pages of comic books onto the silver screen, they often undergo a colossal makeover at the same time to allow them to slip seamlessly into the cinematic universe with looking outdated or too - for want of a better word - comic booky.
While a lot of us can appreciate both the edgy black and grey centered movie looks and the technicolor comic costumes, some purists would much rather see their childhood icons wrought as they remember them in the movies. Although this dream hasn't yet been achieved with a lot of superhero icons, the wonderful world of cosplay allows us to see what it might look like.
Below are some mega-talented cosplayers who are all more faithful to the comics than the movies ever were, but which one do you think is leagues above the rest?
8. Wonder Woman
There has been a huge amount of debate about both Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and the muted palette of her costume, but there's no denying that cosplayers appreciate the iconic original look in its purest form.
Cosplay by: Jonathon Carroll
While Hugh Jackman's Wolverine is a wildly popular character that almost nobody I know ever takes issue with, it would be totally awesome to see him wriggle into the classic yellow and blue suit just once!
Cosplay by: Unknown (please contact me if you know him!) Image by: David Ngo
Hues of magenta and indigo might not be the most orthodox colors for a superhero, but I've always had a soft spot for Hawkeye's eye-catchingly eccentric ensemble!
Mystique's nude and scaly look is true to her comic book origins and looks totally badass to boot, but I'm sure I'm not alone in missing that badass skull belt and wildly '90s white battle frock.
Cosplay by: Unknown (please contact me if you know him!)
I understand why they wanted the Dark Knight Rises Bane to look less like a fetish leather daddy, but this unknown cosplayer has proved this look can be totally terrifying.
Rogue was my favorite character in the X-Men animated series, and her vibrant green and yellow costume always seemed to reflect her bold and often vivacious personality. This costume simply wouldn't have worked with Anna Paquin's representation of the more troubled side of Rogue throughout the X-Men movies, but it's awesome to see it brought to life in cosplay!
Cosplay by: Unknown (please let me know if you know him!), Image by: Comicon-Costumes.
Yes, comic book Cyclops is way less threatening looking than the movie Cyclops, but his kind of goofy costume reminds me of my childhood fave Bananaman and in my eyes, that can only be a good thing!
1. Scarlet Witch
That combination of cerise pink and scarlet is enough to make even the most tolerant of fashion police spontaneously combust on sight, but the iconic flowing robes and pronged headdress are inseparable from Scarlet Witch to me. I adored Elizabeth Olsen's role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I wish she look more, well, witchy!