Who’s Who in the MCU: Classic Costumes Edition, Part IV

Sure, there would be less of these posts if I did more than four a post, but it would be less fun! Welcome back to my series where I examine homages to classic comic costumes in the MCU.

Black Mariah

Source: Netflix // Luke Cage

One of Luke Cage’s many villains in his show is Mariah Dillard, the corrupt politician known in the comics as Black Mariah. Her cousin Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes does call her Black Mariah at one point, but she doesn’t resemble her comic counterpart. Her grandmother “Mama Mabel” Stokes, however, is much closer to Black Mariah in both role, attitude and outfit, sporting the classic patterned dress, hairdo, hoop earrings and necklace.


Source: Reddit.com

Wilson Fisk from Daredevil never actually wears the white suit and pink ascot he is known for wearing in the comics , opting for darker tones highlighted by his father’s cufflinks. However, when on a date with Vanessa Mariana, the couple jokes about a forward man who previously approached her on a date. What did she describe the man as wearing? I think you can guess!

The Punisher

Source: Reddit

You might be thinking, “Why is Frank Castle included? It’s no secret that he has his legendary skull logo in the show!”, and you would be correct. However, he is seen with a skull logo on his shirt in Daredevil long before he actually spray-paints it onto his tactical vest. After his gruesome prison fight scene, Punisher can be seen with a skull-shaped blood stain standing out against his white prison clothes.


Source: Decider.com

No way you missed this one! Not as beloved as his fellow Luke Cage villains Cornell Stokes, Hernan Alvarez and Mariah Dillard (aka Cottonmouth, Shades and Black Mariah), many fans chalk their dislike for the campy Willis “Diamondback” Stryker up to his erratic personality and ridiculous Hammertech outfit, which grants him super-strength and invulnerability. Love his costume or hate it, it closely resembles the ridiculous snake-like outfit Stryker dons in the comics – complete with squared-off helmet resembling his flat-top haircut!

Stay tuned for a recap of the mid-season premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – oh, and I think I have a “Part V” in me, too!


Author: Jesse "The Clairvoyant" Rolufs

Film star. Chemical engineer. Dancer. Comedian. I am none of these things. What I am, however, is a huge geek hailing from the frigid wastes of western Canada. I couldn’t even tell you when it started - I’m told the first words out of my mouth were “I swing my +2 DEX war axe and attack the dragon.” My name is Jesse (also known as “The Clairvoyant”) and I am a big nerd when it comes to video games, board games, movies, anime, TV, RPGs - and I am possibly the one of the world leading experts on comic books, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Joss Whedon. You can find me on twitter as @JesseRolufs. Don’t be afraid to check out my informative Joss Whedon-themed podcast @whedoncast, and my hilarious bargain-bin-movie-bashing podcast @BlindBuy!

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