The best cosplays of San Diego Comic-Con 2022

San Diego Comic-Con is back after a two-year absence and better than ever. The revered convention came back with a punch, presenting first-looks at exciting projects like Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverand more. The convention also featured jaw-dropping announcements, including the announcement of Marvel’s entire slate for Phase 5.

A vital part of SDCC is the cosplays. Indeed, it’s part of the convention’s DNA, granting it a vibe of fantasy that makes it a unique experience for fans and pop culture fiends. The event has already given us some incredible cosplay throughout the years, and 2022 included several worthy entries that might make it to the all-time hall of fame. From superheroes to characters from anime and books, the cosplays at the 2022 edition were perfect representations of modern entertainment and the ideal reminders of why San Diego Comic-Con is still the pinnacle of pop culture.

You either die a hero…

Or live long enough to wear an awesome costume at Comic-Con. Batman and Joker are eternal rivals, soulmates even; the two share a contentious but addictive relationship, completing each other. Fans love to explore their connection, and this mashup of both characters is a stroke of genius! The makeup is a spot-on replica of the late Heath Ledger’s in The Dark Knightand the graffiti in the Batsuit is an excellent touch!

a male cosplayer dressed as joker and batman at comic-con 2022.
A cosplayer wears a Joker and Batman mashup costume from Batman at the 2022 Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 22, 2022, in San Diego, California. Photo by Araya Doheny/Getty Images

Fabulous, darling!

Cruella is arguably the best live-action adaptation of a Disney classic, thanks mainly to Emma Stone’s electrifying performance. The costumes in the film are equally stunning, and the fact this cosplayer managed to replicate one of the most memorable ones is nothing short of impressive. The cosplayer looks remarkably like Emma Stone, which only elevates the illusion.

a female cosplayer dressed as cruella de vil at comic-con 2022.
A cosplayer attends 2022 Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 21, 2022, in San Diego, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

You have no idea what’s possible

Hela is still one of the best villains in the MCU, second only to Thanos. Flamboyant and undeniably powerful, Hela is already iconic. This cosplayer put on her mean face and walked into SDCC as the Goddess of Death, complete with Hela’s iconic headgear and a replica of Mjolnir from Thor: Ragnarok. Her companion going as Surtur was the cherry on top of a perfect cosplaying cake.

two cosplayers dressed as surtur and hela at comic-con 2022.
Cosplayers attend 2022 Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 21, 2022, in San Diego, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Conqueror, indeed

Kang, the Conqueror, is the MCU’s next big bad. Introduced in Loki and played by the incredibly talented Jonathan Majors, Kang is bound to make an impression on fans. This cosplayer took advantage of the character’s renewed popularity and made an impressive replica of his iconic costume. Every detail is perfect, but the makeup and helmet are especially impressive.

a male cosplayer dressed as kang, the conqueror at comic-con 2022.
Cosplayer attends 2022 Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 21, 2022, in San Diego, California. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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