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Close Your Eyes And Imagine The Captain America Costume

It’s somewhat difficult to get excited by news that somebody other than you has seen Steve Rogers’ costume from The First Avenger: Captain America, but with filming set to begin at the end of this month and official photos likely a while away from release, we’ll take what we can get for the time being. Apparently, Mike Sampson at JoBlo was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the star-spangled uniform, and while he can’t share the photo with readers quite yet, he’s more than happy to discuss the particulars.

Sampson writes:

The first thing I noticed is that the trademark wings that flank the side of Cap’s hood are gone. In fact the “hood” is gone entirely. In its place is a more traditional M1 Army helmet though this helmet does come over the eyes to give Cap a traditional “domino mask” look. Still present is the white “A” in the middle of the hat (nothing fancy, this is the traditional font), though like the rest of the costume, the blue of the helmet is much more muted than the blue in the comic costume. A thick black strap comes down over the ears and connects under the chin. …

On his chest still lies the white star though it’s not as prominent as the comic version. The costume is still split horizontally through the middle with blue on top and red and white stripes on the bottom. But instead of stripes, it’s actually just a white base with two red utility straps acting as stripes. These straps affix to a metal loop at the midpoint of the chest and a black strap extends up to the shoulders from that point.

Additionally, Sampson notes that the suit’s fabric is more akin to the leather of the X-Men costumes than the scaled look of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man costume. As a whole, the suit is described as having “a practical WWII military look to it with some of the obvious Captain America flourishes that we would expect.” Overall, Sampson said he was “pretty impressed” with the design, and has hinted that three fan art submissions are actually rather close to nailing the official design.

It’s probably best to hold out judgment until we’ve seen the actual thing for ourselves, but assuming that Sampson’s description is accurate, how does the Cap costume sound to you?


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  • Wayne

    I'll wait until we see Evans in the actual costume. The helmet idea doesn't grab me, but as long as we get the more traditional costume for The Avengers I'm likely not to care. I wonder what they'll change for Bucky's costume?

  • Lando

    As long as the shield is right, i could care less. I can see that its gonna be more like the WW2 ultimate Cap for the movie.

    And seeing this is taking place in WW2, perhaps there shall be a “updated” costume for the Avengers film.

  • Kolymar

    Sounds pretty good.

  • Brian

    Sounds like shit. I can deal with the ULTIMATES 2-style helmet, but utility straps? What the hell? If it's anything like that stupid fan art (and nothing says this isn't someone viewing those pictures and writing a fake “scoop”), I'm going to be pretty disappointed. Marvel has managed to stay pretty faithful to the comics so far, and I was hoping the Cap movie would keep the streak going, but this sounds like too much tampering. If it's actually real.

  • Josh

    Sounds great! It makes sense to go with WWII era styling versus a Spandex-like version. Not everything in the comic world makes a great transition to real world. The only thing I'm less than thrilled about is Chris Evans. He played a great Human Torch, but am not sure that he can carry the serious and stoic nature of Cap. Cap is the father of all super-heroes in the Marvel Universe. Everybody looks up to him and tries to emulate him. Evans does not seem to fit this mold at first glance, so if he can pull it off it will be a great testament to his acting.

  • Matt Spatola

    To me the description sounds very close to the WWII redesign Bryan Hitch used in the Captain America Reborn miniseries. The helmet, the straps etc all sound more realistic than spandex. And people need to remember not everything on a comics page would look good onscreen. I am sure there will be a different costume, closer to what Cap wears now for the Avengers movie.

    Plus by having two separate costumes that is more versions of toys to sell. I'm not too bothered by it and am excited to see some actual photos.

  • Joseph Huber

    Don't know what to think here. As you said “Wait and see” Not sounding too good. “More like the X-Men than the detailed Spider-Man costume” The Spidey costume is only one of the very best costumes in super-hero movies. Aside from that there's Batman's costumes (Bale) Maybe Christopher Reeve's first 2 Superman costumes, Iron-Man's/War Machine's armors and what else? The X-Men costumes were ok, but really strayed from the classic looks(though I can understand changes, getting Wolvies mask/costume right is an impossibility live-action). The only one who seemed suited for the costume was Storm. Captain America is a must to get the costume right, they mess this up and you can forget it.


    they are trying to balance the mistyc of the costume with something of that time (ww 2 era) and the actual costume from the comics: remember Not long time ago the other catpain america movie show us the comic suitand learn: what is awesome in the comics does not fit on the screen.
    if is going to look like a mix from the ultimate gear whit the helmet form the last busiek issues showing cap in the D day firing a tommy gun in normandy, I am aready buying the ticket

  • BeastieRunner

    Sounds more like the WWII version of Ultimate Captain America.

  • igor glushkin

    Captain America's Costume

  • demoncat

    the thing so far looks like they stuck true to the comic and can see them going the x-men costume leather route more movement for chris. at least they kept the red white and blue of cap. can not wait to see what the true thing looks like. soon

  • Bry

    I loved the WWII costume from “The Ultimates”, so if that's what they're basing this on, it sounds great to me.

  • Adam

    I'm more concerned about the script at this point. Although, perhaps I should give marvel the benefit of the doubt and save my reservations for the sequels.

  • lead sharp

    Over on ain't it cool news someone's done a mock up of the closest they could to the description. It looks a lot like the ultimate WW2 version of Cap' wich I have no complaints about. What I am complaining about is the old 'It'll look silly on film.' crap. Spider-Man, Superman, Hulk, Ghost Rider, Daredevil (to a lesser degree I'll give you) and Fantastic Four were all spot on, just 'moveified' if you like. They didn't look silly, they just didn't.

  • Bradford

    All of my hopes and dreams, you took everything!

    I am so distraught at this. I was so looking forward to this.

  • Nick

    Sounds awful. I hate the Ultimates, the ultimate universe and Brian Bloody Bendis.

    I don't understand why they feel the need to fetish-ise this rather poor era of NuMarvel.

    The characterisations, the look and frankly bleak outlook in these stories doesn't represent Marvel to me.

    I will concede that the idea of a military (ultimates) costume and also a public USO tour (classic) costume is an interesting compromise. Alternate costumes means more action figures too. As if they hadn't thought of that already…

    If the film is Captain America, let him be Captain America. That means goofy wings and A. Don't go the Captain B*str*rd route. A movie version is possible without turning him into a flag wearing X-gimp.

    He should be red, white and blue. Red leather boots and gloves, white partially visible undershirt, red abdominal front and back body armour, blue Leather/Denim/Khaki, blue Chain Mail, decorated with silver/white gold chest-Star, face-A and head-wings. Don't overcomplicate things. Its a classic look. It aint broke, so why fix it??

  • Dartfin

    Superman lives in a world of the fantastic and thus flourishes can be accepted. As well, there's HUGE line between Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and Captain America. Everyone knows the first three, they're actually iconic, not just iconic to us fans.
    Ask your average Joe who Cap is and they'll MAYBE have an idea, but for the most part, probably not. “Guy dressed in the American flag, throws a shield? Kinda gay.” That's the response I got from a coworker after explaining what Cap looked like. As well, you need to realize that things were added to all the above mentioned costumes to make them acceptable on screen with the exception of Ghost Rider, but he wears pants and a leather jacket, that's not a costume, that's a wardrobe choice. Cap's costume needs to be BELIEVABLE TO THE AVERAGE AUDIENCE as something that can be MILITARILY INCLINED FOR WWII.
    Spider-Man – red and blue spandex with black thread webbing. Updated to darker red and darker blue latex with embossed webbing and reflective eyes.
    Superman – Red and Blue spandex with gold S emblem and gold accents. Updated to darker red/burgundy fabric with a leather cape and embossed S emblem and gold accents.
    Batman: Black/grey spandex with black bat emblem, black cape updated to utilitarian black kevlar micro-biweave blah blah, it aint spandex.
    Hulk – Purple pants. Udated to Purple pants.
    Ghost Rider – Leather pants and jacket updated to leather pants and jacket.
    Daredevil – Red spandex suit with mask and horns updated to deep red/burgundy leather biker gear and deep red/burgundy mask with reflective lenses.
    Things need to change because spandex clearly doesn't work on film THESE DAYS, and for an audience that craves realism, we must make the suits practical while retaining enough so that they're recognizable. We've pretty much seen this costume in the Ultimates and we loved Hitch for it. Why then do we go back to a VERY impractical (in the real world) suite for the film? No, really, imagine Chris Evans in the classic Cap outfit. Looks like crap right?

  • Axon Rey

    I imagine they'll re-design it for the the Avengers movie to have a look more consistent with the comic book, as the practicality of this design will no longer be necessary. At least, I hope, as my nostalgia demands a more traditional Cap hood at some point, but I'm ok with this so far.

  • Toronto

    Interesting. I suspected it would be more akin to military gab than superhero attire.

  • Omni-man

    That sound you hear is the wailing and crying of baby-men the world over. When will fanboys realize that most comic book costumes look fucking retarded in real life? If you're gonna get these big budget movies made, you have to expect some changes that will make them more palatable to mainstream audiences. Stop whining.

  • L'Dilla

    Wasn't this a piece of fan art made just after they announced Chris Evans was cast as Captain America?

  • Ozymandas

    I don't care for the “A” and the eye & face opening are too big. Fine w/ wings on helmet but they're a bit too stylized. Cap” Reborn & Ultimates did it better.

  • ryan

    i like the suit choices i'm hearing so far. cap's look needed updating…needs updating for us comic readers. what i'm more concerned about is whether evans can embody who steve rogers truly is, the human even thor admires (my hopes are not high on this one) and how cap MOVES. he moves differently than anyone else and this is not something to be overlooked. he can't just be represented as “a really good fighter.” it would be an utter injustice.

  • Zig2K

    Of all the comic heroes, Caps costume is the one that worries me the most translating to on-screen. The blue is SO vibrant and over the top.

  • DeVon

    I think what you meant to say was that you couldn't care less, as in you really don't care. If you could care less, then you have some level of interest in it.

  • DeVon

    I agree, I think as long as the movie is set in the era of WWII, he'll have more of a clunky Ultimates look, similar to the fanart shown in the link, which I wasn't thrilled with. When he gets to the modern age, I would imagine his custume to be more like the art at the top of this page, which is pretty freaking awesome! If anyone remembers the Scooby Doo movie, the opening sequence had the Scooby Gang dressed up like the cartoon in an old-school fashion. But when it showed current times, their look was updated. I imagine the same thing will happen here.

  • Ike Iszany

    Considering they chicken-shitted out and wouldn't make Superman's costume bright ferchissake I know they won't make Cap bright.

  • redvector

    I'll wait until I see some actual photos before I pass judgement. A second hand description just doesn't cut it for me. For all we know this is the outfit he wears as part of a USO show. Not the actual one he wears later in the movie.

  • Wilburpenguin

    Just as I had feared – Ultimate Captain America. As far as I'm concerned, CA is one of the very few comic book “untouchables”.

  • david curtin

    I couldn't agree with you more , we all saw (I presume ) the 1990 CA movie and it was kind of crap and one of the things that made it suck was the fact they chose to stay loyal to the comic book costume , they wont make the same mistake again , as the 1990 movie went straight to video , to much money is riding on this film and it also is a link up to the avengers movie. Iron Man was great The Hulk fair , they need two good outings from Thor and CA to make the Avengers movie a reality .

  • David Curtin

    All I have to say about the CA costume design is, remember the 1990 CA movie enough said .

  • Joe2123

    I hate it! It's horrible! Oh my gosh, how could they destroy the most iconic superhero of all time?! I am boycotting this movie if that's what Cap looks like. It's bad enough he's played by the Human Torch!