Star Wars: A Wild Millennium Falcon Appears!

So, more photos are leaking from the Star Wars set. On the one hand, by the time this movie actually comes out, we’ll have already seen it played out on Instagram and Vine, due to our inability to let a movie be filmed and produced before actually watching and analyzing it.

On the other, we get to see this:

…suddenly, I hate TMZ a little less, who did the legwork of acquiring this photo.

For the full effect, compare with this image of the fully constructed Falcon:

Yeah, not much doubt, here — that’s her, all right.

Other Star Wars news has been coming out — after the criticism of the initial casting over Episode VII’s lack of women (out of 13 announced cast members, two were women, one of which was Carrie Fisher), it’s now come out that Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie have been added to the cast.

Lupita Nyong’o is best known for her breakout role “Gwen” in 12 Years A Slave, for which she won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, immediately launching this then-unknown actress into prominence and becoming one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood.

Gwendoline Christie is best known for her role Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, a role she’s rocked since 2012. She’s having a very busy couple of years, not only taking on the Star Wars: Episode VII role, but also a major role in The Hunger Games series, playing Commander Lyme, a victor from District 2 who whooped the Capitol to free her District from their clutches.

Amusingly enough, Gwendoline’s been criticized for being “too pretty” for the role. Don’t know about you, but I’m not particularly concerned about her looks when this 6’3″ goddess is swinging a sword at me.

As always, we’ve got Star Wars gear in spades. When you’re ready to dress up for Comic-Con or Halloween, we’ll have you covered right here at Costume Kingdom.

X-Men Who Should Get A Solo Movie

Earlier we got into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but due to legal wrangling, X-Men cannot be apart of it. (I.e., Fox owns the rights to the X-Men franchise, where Disney runs the MCU.)

One thing that X-MenDays of Future Pastreminded us was just how many X-Men (both heroes and villains) there are in the Marvel universe. Many of whom deserve a solo film in their own right. Today, we’re going to check out a few that should get their own movies.

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Magneto

One of the most interesting villains in X-Men history, many attempts have been made to make Magneto more of a leading figure in comics. What the character needs more than anything is a movie that’ll solidify who he is in the minds of a generation’s worth of readers.

With Michael Fassbender as a young Magneto, this is the sort of image that can be burned into the minds of readers who’ll see Magneto not just as an interesting villain and counter to Professor X, but as a fully-fleshed out character that can hold up his own film. Plus, more Fassbender is good, and more Magneto is good — even if he is a little brutal in his methods. That’s part of the fun, isn’t it?

Magneto’s always been a complicated figure — a villain who can make a point, a victim of horrific savagery. A sympathetic character who nonetheless does horrible things. That’s the stuff of movie magic.

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Iceman

His powers are simple but elemental, and he cracks wise while he battles evil. Bobby Drake is a much cooler Human Torch. (Couldn’t help it, sorry.) But with his youth and skillset, he can quite easily shoulder the burden of a complete Marvel film all on his own.

Shawn Ashmore has proven himself to be more than game at handling the character, and with an extensive history to pull from (considering he’s a founding member of the X-Men), there’s more than enough here to create a universe that can utilize Iceman’s particular brand of powers and wit.

Plus, another founding member of the X-Men getting his own film would allow some of the smaller-known, but still intensely-beloved characters to get a bit more screentime than they otherwise would.

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Jean Grey / Phoenix / Dark Phoenix

It seems odd that one of the most powerful mutants in all of Marvel hasn’t had any real solo screen time. This seems doubly odd when you consider just what a complex character Jean Grey really is. With the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth, there’s potential for many thrilling and dramatic stories.

Plus, it also seems wrong that after over ten years of Marvel films, whether from the Fox-owned X-Men line or the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have had exactly one female Marvel superhero film (Elektra, which most would agree it’s better we just forget it existed).

Fans are clamoring for a woman-lead superhero movie, and it’s anyone’s guess whether it’ll be the MCU or Fox that gets there first with their respective rights on Marvel titles.

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Who do you think should get their own solo film? Let us know!

The Complex Marvel Cinematic Universe

If you don’t care for spoilers, then, well, you should probably click away. 

 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU), with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has revealed just how in-depth it’s willing to go.  With the reveal of Hydra and subsequent catastrophic damage to S.H.I.E.L.D., the top-level storytelling Marvel has been constructing is coming to fruition.Kids Captain America Stealth Suit Costume

And we’ve learned that it affects their television series, too. In retrospect, people now see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — which was criticized heavily in its early weeks — as having a gargantuan task of prepping for this huge shift that would fundamentally change the series. When the name of your primary organization is in the title of your series, and that organization is in shambles, you can’t exactly pretend those things didn’t happen.

With an enemy organization now completely integrated into your spy network, and most of that network being destroyed anyway, we will be left with those questions probably for some time. With Guardians of the Galaxy coming up next in the MCU, we may or may not find out what happens with S.H.I.E.L.D., an organization that’s been instrumental since the beginning of this timeline, until much later when the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins releasing episodes.

For the uninitiated: While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past are franchises based off of Marvel titles, due to rights ownership, they are not apart of the MCU. For its part, it’s been noted again and again that while Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man will be integrated into the MCU, it is very much considered a “standalone film.” How Ant-Man will operate with the rest of the MCU is largely unknown.

Ultimately, we are at the mercy of Marvel’s creative whims, but thus far it’s been a heck of a ride.

Hail Hydra.

Check out our Avengers costumes and get suited up in the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Rise Of Fantasy

Since the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, fantasy has made not necessarily a comeback, but has certainly surged. The past ten years have shown that technological advances in special effects and production in general allows for set pieces that fill the sprawling continents we’ve come to imagine in the novels we’ve read.

One could really point to 2001 as the end of the war film era. After the release of the Band of Brothers miniseries, along with Black Hawk Down, the tentpole blockbuster war film dropped off in popularity — most likely due to America’s extended wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who wants to watch a war film when there are actual wars going on?

But we love a good battle scene, and fantasy has filled that role completely. Allowing amazingly shot set-pieces, we’re transported to a completely different world. Lines between good and evil are fairly well drawn, or, at least in the case of Game of Thrones, you can safely pick your favorite House. (And by favorite House, I mean that you’re a Targaryen and all others will die in a fire.)

Another part of it can simply be that fantasy appeals to a more diverse range of people. In the age of Twitter, those trending topics show that whenever Game of Thrones is on, there’s going to be a whole lot of people talking about Tyrion and Dany and Hodor. (Hodor!)

No matter the reason, it’s clear that fantasy is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Check out our Medieval and Fantasy costumes here.

Star Wars Episode VII: Now Filming

It’s finally begun. Production is about to begin on the latest installment of Star Wars from Director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Mission Impossible 3)! And it starts with a single photo:

 

In case you can’t quite catch it — the original three cast members will be returning. Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Leia Skywalker will all be back in the next film. Particularly for Ford, it appears, as Deadline.com reports that he will have a “gigantic role” in Episode VII.

We dug around and found some other previous cast photos, because why not?

From the original trilogy:

 

Something about black and white photography that brings out the movie magic. Or maybe it just looks older so we’re already nostalgic. Either way, it works.

And then, from the prequels:

So much hope in that photo. Of course, we had no idea that just off-screen was Jar Jar Binks, but what can you do?

At any rate, we’re excited to be getting Han, Luke and Leia back, if even for a little bit.

Check out the full statement here, and then take a look at what we’ve got in the Star Wars costume department over here.

Be a Rock Star!

C’mon, who doesn’t want to be a rock star? When you want to dress the part of a rock and roll band, you’ve got to come right here at Costume Kingdom to get the job done!

Deluxe KISS Costume - The StarchildDo you want to rock and roll all night and party every day? Planning on heading out to Detroit Rock City? Then you’re in luck! When you want to put on your warpaint and hit the stage in flamboyant style, you can’t go wrong with this outfit! With our Deluxe KISS Costume – The Starchild, you’ll be ready to rock!

You can be the Starchild, The Demon, Space Ace or Catman when you want to rock in KISS style! No matter if you want to glam up the stage, marry hard rock with heavy metal, or taking your stage antics on the road, our rock star costume will have you in perfect style! No matter what style of rock star you want to be, here at Costume Kingdom we’re certain to get you in an excellent look that’ll have you climbing the charts!Boys Dead Rock Star Costume

Or maybe you want to bring out a more demonic approach to your rock star outfit? When you’ve got a bit of an undead streak to your rocking out persona, we’ve got just the costume for you! With our Boys Dead Rock Star Costume, you’ll be a frightful delight when you hit the stage with your (literal or metaphorical) axe! With this awesome costume, you’ll have just about everything you need to get up on stage and rock the underworld!

With our wide variety of rock star costumes, you will have everything you need to bring out the shredder in you in style! Take a look at our selection of rockin’ outfits and you’ll be sure to find a piece that’ll get you in the look you deserve for Halloween!

Choose Your Profession!

Sometimes, you just want to get a jump on your career! When you want to show off your favorite uniforms, you can’t go wrong with our wide array of professional/occupational costumes here at Costume Kingdom!

Doctor Costume for Men - Doctors ScrubsAre you the type to fix any booboo that comes your way? Do you always feel the need to help you fellow man? Well, when the physician inside you can’t help but come out, you’ve got to have the right clothes for the job! When you’re ready to go into surgery for some complicated work, or just wanting to fix a skinned knee, the medical profession calls to you like any other!

Take the Hippocratic Oath and pick up our Doctor Costume For Men! When you put on those scrubs the world will absolutely love you as you hit up your Halloween gatherings in style! No matter if you’re wanting to be a soap star or a true blue physician/surgeon, you can’t go wrong with our medically-themed Halloween costumes here at Costume Kingdom!

Kids Police Man Costume - Police Officer

Or maybe you’re more partial to handling law and order?  Wanting to walk your beat, looking for criminals to bust? If you’re the protect and serve type, then a police officer’s uniform is the right call for you! Check out our Kids Police Man Costume and show all your buddies that you’re ready to enforce the law in style!

These are but two options from our wide variety of professional and occupationally-themed Halloween costumes! If you’re looking for something a little more specific, we’ve got a wide array of Uniform Costumes that are certain to delight and hit that perfect style you’ve been looking for!

 

Food Costumes

Sometimes, you want your costumes to be as delicious as the food on your plate! When you want to have a fun and satisfying Halloween costume when October rolls around, you’ve got to find the right outfit for the job! With our wide array of food and beverage based costumes, you’ll have a grand feast awaiting you at your Halloween gatherings!

Chinese Take Out CostumeYou know, sometimes you’ve got an all nighter to pull, and when that happens you’ve got to have just the right food for the job! Whether going for some pork fried rice or good old fashioned chow mein, you’ve got to pick up this costume to show off your favorite kind of Asian cuisine!

From across the globe comes the Chinese Take Out Costume! With a bodysuit in the style of that take out box we all come to know and love, you’ll be kicking up everyone’s sense of smell and will have everyone wanting for more when you hit up your Halloween party! With this delicious outfit, you’ll have everything you need for a fun and festive feast of an autumn gathering! We here at Costume Kingdom are ready to pull out all the stops!

Ice Cream Cone CostumeOr perhaps you’re looking more for dessert? Had a long day and want a nice treat to reward your hard work? What better way to do that than to get yourself a delicious ice cream cone? Well, when you want to bring the kind of  delicious dessert that gets all your friends in a tizzy, you can’t go wrong with this costume! Pick up our Ice Cream Cone Costume today and dress yourself in a delicious treat!

No matter what course you want to be serving yourself as, our wide array of Food Costumes at Costume Kingdom is certain to put you in the style you know and love! Take a look at any of our costumes and check out our accessories to get you and your friends in on the fun!

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Oh, the smell of the grass, the crack of the bat, eating overpriced hot dogs and watching athletes at the top of their class  compete in what we all know lovingly as America’s pastime. Baseball is an amazing way to ruin a perfectly good picnic! When you want to hit up your Halloween parties in the style of your favorite sport, you’ve got to take a look at our wide array of Baseball costumes to get the right style!

Men's Boston Red Sox CostumeDo you hail from Beantown? Have you lived long enough to suffer under the curse only to watch it lift in the most magnificent way possible? Then you’re in luck! When you want to show off your favorite baseball franchise of all time and to celebrate the history that one of the game’s oldest teams has lived through, you can’t go wrong with our Mens’ Boston Red Sox Costume!

No matter if you go out to Fenway every time they’re home, or watching from afar when the New York Yankees come to play, show your team spirit with this full-body skinsuit that’ll have you completely in uniform with your favorite team! So batter up and take your best swing with this fantastic Halloween costume!

Men's Philadelphia Phillies CostumeOr maybe you hail from an NL team? Do you prefer pitchers having to take the plate instead of being spared the agony of a strikeout? From one of the birthplaces of America, the Phillies have a long and storied tradition! When you want to show the world some of the best that the MLB has to offer, you’ve got to pick up this costume! Grab our Men’s Philadelphia Phillies Costume today!

No matter if you’re AL or NL, a pitcher,  batter, catcher or outfielder, when you take a look at our many Baseball costumes, you’ll be in just the perfect outfit to bring to your Halloween! Batter up! Check out these costumes and everything else we’ve got right here at Costume Kingdom!

Join the Animal Kingdom!

You know, once in a great while, you’ve just got to suit up and take on the properties of your power animal!  Or spirit animal. However you choose to define it! When you want to rock out with the wilder part of yourself, you’ve got to take a look at our wide array of animal costumes to get yourself in the right look for Halloween!

Lion Animal Mascot Animal CostumeReady to roar into your Halloween parties? The lion is a proud animal, always in charge of his or her surroundings! Lions are just about the greatest animals in all of Africa, so show your Halloween party how it’s done! When you’re ready to play in the circus, or preparing to travel to the Wizard of Oz, you’ve got to get yourself in just the right lion costume for the job! With our Lion Animal Mascot Costume, you won’t need for any other! This outfit will easily take care of all your lion-based needs!

No matter if you’re running across the plain with your pride, singing Hakuna Matata with your meerkat and warthog buddies, or hunting down a gazelle with terrifying speed, the right costume will get you in the style you need! Grab this outfit today and get in the look you need to in order to show the world that you’re the most powerful animal in the world!

Cute Hamster Costume - AdultOr perhaps you’re looking for an animal that’s more cute and cuddly? How about a hamster? You know, a totally adorable housepet that runs on a wheel and you can pet it whenever you want? Hamsters are the cutest animals in the world, and anyone who says different is pretty much wrong. It’s okay to be wrong.

Whether going as a group or wanting to be the most adorable creature at your Halloween gatherings, you can’t go wrong with this outfit! Pick up our Adult Cute Hamster Costume today!

With our wide array of animal costumes, you and your friends will have everything you need right here at Costume Kingdom! Pick up these delightful costumes today, and check out the rest of our site for many more!