San Diego Comic-Con will require masks this year. Here are some costume ideas

Ashley Tuttle from Pasadena as Loki at Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con attendees must wear masks this year: At Comic-Con 2021 Special Edition in November, Ashley Tuttle from Pasadena dressed as the female version of Loki.
(Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Comic-Con attendees will also be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.


Comic-Con International is finally back after two years but the organization is still conscious of COVID-19 with new health protocols.

It recently updated its website to say attendees must wear a mask throughout the convention, and show proof of vaccination or be able to show a negative test within 72 hours.

Comic-Con, which runs July 21 to July 24, is no stranger to masks with colorful costumes. But, the organization is very specific about what type of mask doesn’t count: Mesh face coverings (like a Spider-Man mask), face coverings that have exhalation valves (like a stormtrooper) and neck gaiters (like the new female Daredevil).

In addition, Comic-Con says masks must be visible at all times and may not be concealed under costume headwear and masks. So, it’s not like you can put a mask on and throw a Deadpool mask over it.

Attendees might not want to play loosey-goosey with the mask rules. Comic-Con’s website says guests will be removed if they don’t follow mask rules. “Security will be onsite to support adherence to the policy,” it reads.

Children under 5 years old do not need to wear masks, and the organization said ticket holders who say they are unable to wear a mask due to a medical concern are asked to not attend the event.

Here are some possible ideas under Comic-Con’s rules:

1. Mortal Kombat

A scene from "Mortal Kombat."
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Hiroyuki Sanada in a scene from “Mortal Kombat.” (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

There are a lot of characters from the Mortal Kombat video games and movies who wear masks that could fit into Comic-Con’s policy: Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Mileena, Kitana, Erron Black, Reptile and others.

2. Anime characters

Two women at the Middle East Film & Comic Con
Two women wearing masks dressed as sword-wielding anime characters pose for a photograph at the Middle East Film & Comic Con in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, March 5, 2020.

There are quite a few anime characters that wear masks that could work, such as Kaneki from “Tokyo Ghoul,” Tomura Shigaraki of “My Hero Academia” (it’s more of a creepy hand but might work as a printout), Shie Hassaikai from “My Hero Academia” and Kakuzu from “Naruto.”

3. Spider-Man Noir

Beth Kellough as Spider-Man Noir wears glasses that reflect her husband's Bob's Green Screen character.
Beth Kellough as Spider-Man Noir wears glasses that reflect her husband’s Bob’s Green Screen character at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.
(Karen Pearlman / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

There are a few different costume versions of Spider-Man Noir, a Great Depression-era Peter Parker, but there is one that features the type of face covering that Comic-Con is looking for. With goggles and the hat, it could work pretty well. Another Spider-Man character could work, too: A female character, Silk (Cindy Moon), wears a red face mask.

4. Batman Villains

Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from "Joker"
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from “Joker,” in theaters on Oct. 4.

Batman’s most famous villain, Joker, is known for a very wide, laughing smile. Naturally, it was printed out and became a popular face covering in the early days of the pandemic. A cloth mask, dyed green hair and a purple suit will definitely get the point across. Another Batman villain, Bane, is known for a variety of masks but just don’t wear the one from “The Dark Knight Rises” because it looks like there are a few vents. A frequent Batman ally, The Question, might work too if you can find a flesh-colored mask. The character’s face is blank with no mouth, nose or eyes visible.

5. Moon Knight

Derek Shackleton of San Diego was dressed as Moon Night
Derek Shackleton of San Diego was dressed as Moon Night from the new Disney series at Comic-Con Special Edition
(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fan of the recently completed Disney+ show? One version of Moon Knight’s costume already comes with a face covering and seems tailor-made for the upcoming convention.

A few other ideas are members of The Hand (Daredevil villains), Mikasa from “Attack on Titan” (red mask with her trademark red scarf), Ibuki from the Street Fighter games, Chamber from X-Men comics, Commando Spawn (a version of Spawn that wears a red face covering) and Ladytron from WildC.A.T.S.

Have other ideas? Leave suggestions in the comments!