Join Marvel at SDCC for the Annual Costume Contest!

San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Costume Contest Official Rules


  1. Eligibility: San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Costume Contest (“Contest”) is open to all individuals, provided that any individuals under eighteen

(18) years of age (“Minors”) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Employees of Marvel Entertainment, LLC (“Marvel”) and its parent, subsidiary and affiliate companies, as well as their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to enter or win.  All entrants must have a valid Saturday or multi-day San Diego Comic-Con badge to participate.  Any travel, accommodations and other expenses incurred in connection with participating in the Contest are the sole responsibility of the entrant.

The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

  1. Sponsor: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, 135 W. 50th Street, New York, NY 10020.
  2. Timing: The Contest begins on July 22, 2017 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (“PT”), and ends on July 22, 2017 at 7:00pm PT (the “Promotion Period”).
  3. How to Enter: To enter, entrants must (i) be present at Sponsor’s booth at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, 2017 no later than 6:00pm PT, dressed in a costume portraying a Marvel character (“Costume”); (ii) sign and return Sponsor’s model release; and (iii) appear on the Marvel stage and in front of the Marvel judges.  For entrants who are Minors at the time of entry, a parent or guardian must be present to sign Sponsor’s model release. No purchase of any product is necessary to enter or win. Limit one entry per person.

All Costumes must conform to the additional submission requirements set forth herein:

Costumes cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, contain nudity or any materially dangerous activity; Costumes cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message; Costumes cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group; Costume cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Sponsor or its products, or other people, products or companies; Costume cannot infringe trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by others, or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, or contain any personal identification other than entrants; Costume cannot infringe copyrighted materials owned by others; Costume cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and Costume cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law.

  1. Winner Selection: Prizes will be awarded by Marvel judges based on the following criteria: (i) costume craftsmanship (e.g. props, wigs, clothing); (ii) attitude on stage while wearing costume; (iii) overall appearance; and (iv) overall attitude. Sponsor will select one (1) potential first-place finisher, one (1) potential second-place finisher, one (1) potential third-place finisher, and multiple potential honorable mention finishers from all eligible entries received. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Potential winners are subject to verification. If any potential winner is found not to be eligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, if any required documents are not signed and returned, if the winner cannot be verified, or if the winner is otherwise unable or unwilling to accept and claim the prize as stated, then the prize may be forfeited. Sponsor may provide winner with a W-9 form, which winner must complete and return to Sponsor for tax reporting purposes or the prize may be forfeited.  Any prize won by an eligible entrant who is a minor in his/her state of residence will be awarded to the minor’s parent or legal guardian, who must sign and return any required documents. Receiving the prize is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules.
  2. Prizes: Each first-place, second-place, third-place, and honorable mention finisher (each, a “Winner”) will receive a plaque. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each prize is $25. The ARV is determined as of date of printing of these Official Rules. The difference in the ARV of the prize as stated herein and value at time of prize notification, if any, will not be awarded. Prize is not redeemable for cash, and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prize is taxable income to the winner and winner will be responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use, if any.
  3. Release: By entering this Contest, each entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (if any), and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (“Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. Released Parties make no warranties, and hereby disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning the prizes furnished in connection with the Contest.  WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, SUCH PRIZE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND RELEASED PARTIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO,


8.Publicity: Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes a winner’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of entrant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown, and state, for promotional purposes in any media now known or hereinafter developed, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. Entrant’s name and likeness may be published on Sponsor’s website, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

9.General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

10.Limitations of Liability: By entering this Contest and/or accepting any prize, entrants agree, represent and warrant that (a) entrant will be bound by these Official Rules and the Sponsor’s decisions, which shall be final in all respects; (b) entrants release and hold harmless the Released Parties from any and all liability for claims, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including without limitation, death and bodily injury, resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the awarding, delivery, acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of any prize; participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or from any interaction with, computer information; (c) Sponsor is not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, typographical errors, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any

injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or useor misuse of any prize.  If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Contest, if it is possible. If the Contest, or any part of it, is discontinued for any reason, Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for the prize offered herein.

  1. Binding Arbitration: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Contest shall be settled by binding arbitration in a location determined by the arbitrator as set forth herein (provided that such location is reasonably convenient for claimant), or at such other location as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties, in accordance with the procedural rules for commercial disputes set forth in the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS (“JAMS Rules and Procedures”) then prevailing, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be selected pursuant to the JAMS Rules and Procedures. The arbitrator shall apply New York law consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act and applicable statutes of limitations, and shall honor claims of privilege recognized at law. In the event that the claimant is able to demonstrate that the costs of arbitration will be prohibitive as compared to the costs of litigation, Sponsor will pay as much of the claimant’s filing and hearing fees in connection with the arbitration as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the arbitration from being cost-prohibitive. If any part of this arbitration provision is deemed to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal (other than that claims will not be arbitrated on a class or representative basis), or otherwise conflicts with the rules and procedures established by JAMS, then the balance of this arbitration provision shall remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with its terms as if the invalid, unenforceable, illegal or conflicting provision were not contained herein. If, however, the portion that is deemed invalid, unenforceable or illegal is that claims will not be arbitrated on a class or representative basis, then the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void, and neither claimant nor Sponsor shall be entitled to arbitrate their dispute. Upon filing a demand for arbitration, all parties to such arbitration shall have the right of discovery, which discovery shall be completed within sixty (60) days after the demand for arbitration is made, unless further extended by mutual agreement of the parties.  THE ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE IN THE ENTRANT’S INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE OR JOIN THE CLAIMS OF OTHER PERSONS OR PARTIES WHO MAY BE SIMILARLY SITUATED.  DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO HAVE ANY CLAIM OR CONTROVERSY ARBITRATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES.


  1. Governing Law & Jurisdiction: The Official Rules and the Contest are governed by US law and are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Contest Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A., without giving effect to the conflict of laws rules thereof, and any matters or proceedings which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in Section 12 of these Official Rules and/or for entering any judgment on an arbitration award, shall take place in the State of New York, in the City of New York.
  2. Entrant’s Personal Information: Information collected from entrants is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy found at

14. Winners List:  For a list of Winners, interested individuals should place their name and address on a 3″x 5″ card and mail it in an envelope to: 135 W. 50th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10020; Attn: Judy Stephens.  Winner List requests must be received no later than ninety (90) days after the Promotion Period end date.

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Exclusive Spider-Man news from Nick Lowe leads the latest edition of the official Marvel podcast!

Guess what, faithful fans–we’re back with a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel, the official Marvel podcast!

Catch upon all the latest comics news and info as Ryan, Ben and Tucker give you the rundown on all of this week’s greatest comics releases including DEADPOOL, DEFENDERS, RUNAWAYS, SECRET EMPIRE OMEGA, STAR WARS, and so much more! And then, Ben grills Spider-Man editor Nick Lowe for the exclusive announcement of Venom, Inc. a major crossover affecting the Wall-Crawler and one of his greatest foes! (1:08:42).

Over on the West Coast, Christine enlists Danny Koo and Tim Tsang from Marvel Games to help get set for “Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite,” coming next week! (1:21:01) And from there, it’s back east for your questions and comments! (1:37:08)

Download episode #307 of This Week in Marvel from, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes, so you never miss an episode! We are now also on Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel!

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse, along with Editor Marc Strom, Assistant Editor Christine Dinh, and Manager of Video & Content Production Blake Garris. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes!  Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse@chrissypedia or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Part 2 of our special joint podcast with This Week in Marvel!

Its part 2 of our full interview with Runaways writer, Rainbow Rowell. First, tune into Part 1 here!

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 152 now!


The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Producer Judy Stephens, along with Assistant Editor Christina Harrington.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel.

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Own 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' on Digital, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD now!

On a recent Facebook Live, writer and director James Gunn stopped by Facebook Los Angeles to celebrate the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on Blu Ray, DVD, and 4K UHD.  While in the studio, Gunn revealed some interesting facts to excited fans! Watch the Facebook Live below:

James Gunn, writer and director of #GotGVol2, is LIVE on Facebook!Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is now available on Blu-ray, Digital, and 4K UHD:

Posted by Guardians of the Galaxy on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

One of the most hilarious scenes at the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” was when Peter Quill was presented with a Zune, a post-mortem gift from Yondu. Gunn revealed that just as Peter’s mother Meredith communicated with him through her mixed tapes, Yondu will be communicating with Peter through the Zune playlist. What genre of music was Yondu’s favorite? We’ll have to wait and see.

Easter eggs are a huge part of the “Guardians” films; while Gunn refused to completely reveal the most hidden Easter egg from the first “Guardians of the Galaxy,” he did say that a few fans had gotten close to figuring it out. Gunn also teased that there’s an extremely difficult to find Easter egg in Vol. 2 that has yet to be found. Good luck, fans!

David Bowie’s music was a major part of the 1970’s soundtrack that was so prevalent in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” so it makes sense that Gunn was in talks with Bowie’s people about a possible guest appearance as a Ravager in the film. Sadly, Bowie passed away before it could happen. Ziggy Stardust, we will see you in the stars.

Make sure to stay tuned to for the latest on Marvel Studios film releases, and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest!

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The Women of Marvel team up to fight crime on this week's podcast

We go behind the scenes on the set of Marvel’s The Defenders with Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, hair & makeup departments, stunt, set design and more!

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 151 now!


The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Producer Judy Stephens, along with Assistant Editor Christina Harrington.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfM

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Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones on the big new threat coming in AMERICA #8.

America Chavez got a taste of what it’s like to fight Exterminatrix when she was with the Young Avengers, taking on alternate reality versions of the character from the multiverse, but now the real Exterminatrix has come back to mess with our hero. As she continues to discover new powers and learn how to use them, America will need to take on this semi-familiar foe and investigate the motivations of the shadowy Midas Corporation as the “Exterminatrix” arc kicks off in AMERICA #8.

We spoke to Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones about what to expect in this big new storyline. After dealing with her unsettling doppelgangers alongside the Young Avengers, America finds herself up against the real Exterminatrix in this next story arc. Without revealing too much about how the current story wraps up, what can you tell us about this (sort of) new villain and how she comes up against America?

Gabby Rivera: Exterminatrix represents that perfect mix of malice and power that’s imbued in every classic villain babe. And we’re pushing that even further in Exterminatrix’s arc in AMERICA. Exterminatrix, aka Oubliette Midas, has become keenly aware of America Chavez’s presence in the world and is hell bent on conquering America. She’s curious about how America’s powers can be used to further her family’s name in the multiverse and reinforce their control over other planets and civilizations.

But first things first, Exterminatrix has her sights set on Sotomayor University.

Joe Quinones: Exterminatrix is a villain that requires a more nuanced, forward-thinking approach. With her, America is playing chess, not checkers. While America may feel somewhat familiar with her new foe, this is going to be entirely different from the constructs she battled before. What has it been like to pit these two against each other?

Gabby Rivera: Writing America Chavez and Exterminatrix in the same issue is wild and I love it. They’re both so powerful. They’re both women who totally own the way they move in the world. Neither of them shy away from being strong, sexual beings and brave leaders, nor do they feel intimidated by others. So unfortunately for America and Exterminatrix, they’ve got a lot in common and it’s going to create that high level tension found between the great super hero and villain combos.

Joe Quinones: This is a battle where America is going to quickly find she can’t win with her fists or brute force. America must fight against her own instincts and rely on her wits. What role does the Midas Corporation play in Exterminatrix’s sudden return?

Joe Quinones: That would be telling…

Gabby Rivera: Exterminatrix is most definitely the main event villain of the next few issues. But trust that Midas is ever-present and always has an invested interest in the downfall of America Chavez. Exterminatrix shares quite the history with Noh-Varr, one of America’s friends from her time in the Young Avengers. Will we see Marvel Boy make an appearance?

Joe Quinones: Never say Noh-Varr.

Gabby Rivera: Marvel Boy is currently in space with the Inhumans in ROYALS. So he’s a little tied up right now—and hopefully getting over that love affair! America has discovered a few new abilities throughout the current story arc, and more are hinted at in the solicit for America #8. How will she deal with adjusting to these newfound powers while battling yet another new threat?

Joe Quinones: With bombast and uncertainty. America has a lot of difficulty dipping in her toe. She’s all in or nothing, but that can have consequences.

Gabby Rivera: America’s new powers are explored even further in the upcoming issues. She’s able to open multiple star-portals and search them for whoever she’s looking for on the strength of their voice. That’s wild! Storm helped her tap into that and that’s the level of ability America’s reaching, where Storm is guiding her. And still, be on the lookout for the ways Madrimar levels up America’s powers. There might even be a duo move they show off together. Have you been able to add any twists of your own to Exterminatrix’s look?

Joe Quinones: Russell Dauterman already redesigned her for Mighty Thor, I just did some subtle tweaks over that look; adding a two-tone cloak and opening up the face mask to see her mouth. It was Ming Doyle’s suggestion to add the ‘lips for eyes’ motif, and I loved it.

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The tyrannical rule of Emperor Palpatine begins…

We all know that the first Star Wars film changed the face of pop culture forever when it hit theaters 40 years ago—but it’s not just the movie that’s celebrating that milestone in 2017. Star Wars comics arrived with force in 1977, and hundreds of issues later, they’re more popular now than ever.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, we’re looking back at our 40 favorite moments from the history of comics from a galaxy far, far away—one day at a time.

“I’m sorry, Senator Braxis,” a familiar out-of-frame character states at the beginning of STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #1. “The Imperial throne cannot interfere in local politics.” In one single opening panel, the tone is set for the 17-issue series to follow, as the Emperor refuses to assist a planet in need. On the same page, Palpatine’s associates inform him that anti-Imperial sentiments have been rounded up and eliminated, and that other planets in turmoil are being put in their place. It’s clear that optimism has no place in this new era for the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars: Dark Times (2006) #1

Star Wars: Dark Times (2006) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Beginning shortly after the end of “Revenge of the Sith,” the very title of STAR WARS: DARK TIMES should immediately resonate with Star Wars fans, per an Obi-Wan Kenobi quote about the glory days of the Jedi Knights from “A New Hope”: “Before the dark times. Before the Empire.” Picking up after STAR WARS: PURGE, DARK TIMES serves as a direct continuation of STAR WARS: REPUBLIC, offering numerous story arcs with new and established characters as they adapt to the new galactic order.

Most of issue #1 focuses on a battle of natives versus Imperial forces on New Plympto. Not only do we see the hopeless struggle of the Triceratops-like Nosaurians, we also get a inside the heads of the clone troopers: “When the fighting ends, what then for men bred only to be soldiers?” we’re asked. “What future is there for men of action when peace breaks out?” Anyone familiar with what becomes of the clones comes to realize the phrase “dark times” extends to more than just the good guys…

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We come together to look back on the evolution of the podcast plus our favorite moments!

To celebrate our 150th podcast, hosts Judy Stephens, Sana Amanat, Lorraine Cink, and Christina Harrington look back over the last two years, plus flash back to our favorite podcasts!

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 150 now!


The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Producer Judy Stephens, along with Assistant Editor Christina Harrington.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfM

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The contest is now open and runs through August 31.

Marvel and fast-retail brand UNIQLO are teaming up for the 2018 UNIQLO T-Shirt (UT) Grand Prix, an annual T-shirt design competition UNIQLO has been hosting since 2005. The theme for the 2018 UTGP is Marvel, which has championed heroism for people around the world with iconic characters and epic storytelling.

The competition, which encourages people to express their creativity through T-shirt graphics and messages, is now live and open to anyone around the world. All submissions are due by August 31.

For more information on the UT Grand Prix 2018, please visit:

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Tune in for our annual panel from San Diego Comic-Con!

We are LIVE from San Diego Comic-Con with Judy Stephens, Sana Amanat, Lorraine Cink, Margaret Stohl, Rainbow Rowell, Christina Strain, Mariko Tamaki and Alanna Smith!

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 149 now!


The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Producer Judy Stephens, along with Assistant Editor Christina Harrington.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfM

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