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Exclusive (Spoilers): Cool info on Cap's costume evolution in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Jun. 11, 2013by: Paul Shirey

All right, let's kick this off. First things first: SPOILERS. Let me say it again: SPOILERS. In case the headline wasn't enough, I'm giving you one last chance to turn around. In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is actually cool enough that you may not want to know it, even if you are the spoiler-friendly type. Last chance. I'll just throw up a "buffer picture" below and assume you're on board if you scoll below it.

So, yesterday, we caught a full-body glimpse of Captain America/Steve Roger's costume from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Most felt it was a decent looking costume, but many, myself included, noted the apparent lack of the red, white, and blue. The costume is essentially the Steve Rogers: Super Soldier costume from the comics, only with a helmet, which he wore temporarily before getting back in the red, white, and blue. He currently rocks a more modern take on the classic costume (see comparison below).

As a fan of the comics and avid reader of them for the past twenty years, I've seen Steve Rogers jump around into a number of costumes (USAgent, Nomad, Super Soldier, etc.), but the traditional version, be it the classic, modern, or ultimate version, is where he belongs. However, a very reliable source has helped to assuage some of the pain of seeing the new movie Cap costume become something wholly different than his standard, explaining:

"This is Cap's S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform (obviously) but for circumstances unknown (either it getting destroyed or Cap hating it), at some point in the film, Steve breaks into the Smithsonian and steals back his 40's uniform. So for all of us that loved the Johnston suit, Captain America will be back in it by the end of the movie. Sort of takes the sting away from this lameness."

What I love about this news is two things. One, it brings back the costume that many fans loved the most. Second, I think the idea of having Cap break into the Smithsonian to steal his old costume back is pretty damn crafty and perfectly consistent with the ideals of Steve Rogers. If accurate, It also fits squarely within the realm of possibility that he's putting the old uniform on to confront The Winter Soldier/Bucky as a means to jarring his memory. It (the costume) wasn't an aspect of the original comic, but it's a great touch overall if it is in the film, which I'm willing to bet it is.

So, that's the gist, folks. Cap will be rocking some new duds and some old duds for his return to the solo film market. Based on the onslaught of set pics and video I've seen so far, the movie is looking like it will deliver a strong adaptation of Ed Brubaker's Winter Soldier storyline and provide a rousing, kick ass entry in the Marvel phase two line-up.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Toby Jones, Hayley Atwell, and Robert Redford hits on April 4, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: The National Museum of American History would be the most likely place that Cap would go to take back his outfit. At the actual exhibit is Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Indiana Jones' fedora, jacket, and whip, Kermit the Frog puppet, amongst countless other items and exhibitions. Great place to visit if you've never been. http://americanhistory.si.edu/
Source: JoBlo.com

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5:54PM on 06/11/2013
Steve Rogers breaks into the Smithsonian only to find that Nicholas Cage has already stolen his suit. #twist!
Steve Rogers breaks into the Smithsonian only to find that Nicholas Cage has already stolen his suit. #twist!
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3:08PM on 06/11/2013

I disagree with museum claim

In Marvel world Cap was a real WWII Hero, so that would go in the Smithsonian along with astronaut gear etc, not american iconography. Also I like that Marvel is not attached to uiforms. Thor's outfit evolves, IM is constantly reinventing armors, Black Widow has had two different suits (Shield Shadow and Black Widow), Cap will have 3, War Machine/Iron Patriot. The suits are not drastic changes and keep with canon, but even Abrams tweaked his own redeisgn of uniforms. It gives Designers freedom
In Marvel world Cap was a real WWII Hero, so that would go in the Smithsonian along with astronaut gear etc, not american iconography. Also I like that Marvel is not attached to uiforms. Thor's outfit evolves, IM is constantly reinventing armors, Black Widow has had two different suits (Shield Shadow and Black Widow), Cap will have 3, War Machine/Iron Patriot. The suits are not drastic changes and keep with canon, but even Abrams tweaked his own redeisgn of uniforms. It gives Designers freedom to bring sommething new and keep it fresh. Also these are combat oriented equipment, but not standard issue. These are specialized for each character, and would constantly evolve for improved performance.
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2:37PM on 06/11/2013
I'm diggin the new costume.
I'm diggin the new costume.
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1:01PM on 06/11/2013
Sounds like a good plot point, personally I'd like to see him stick it out in this new costume as I think it looks awesome. I'm guessing they're getting rid of the Avengers costume due to the backlash and not looking back. But apparently they need to do THE Cap costume for the movies, so even if they'll be using the WW2 costume in the third act, it'd be cool if they did a translation of that last picture for the third Cap film or even Avengers 2, it looks alright.
Sounds like a good plot point, personally I'd like to see him stick it out in this new costume as I think it looks awesome. I'm guessing they're getting rid of the Avengers costume due to the backlash and not looking back. But apparently they need to do THE Cap costume for the movies, so even if they'll be using the WW2 costume in the third act, it'd be cool if they did a translation of that last picture for the third Cap film or even Avengers 2, it looks alright.
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12:59PM on 06/11/2013
All this costume swapping bs is just to sell more toys
All this costume swapping bs is just to sell more toys
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11:54AM on 06/11/2013
It should be pretty great to see him wear the WW2 suit again for the climatic battle against The Winter Soldier. Makes everything come full circle.
It should be pretty great to see him wear the WW2 suit again for the climatic battle against The Winter Soldier. Makes everything come full circle.
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11:45AM on 06/11/2013
That is an awesome idea, him retrieving his old costume for old time's sake. I really love the Smithsonian museums, it's got a lot more potential as a movie location than Night of the Museum 2 tapped into. In addition to the exhibits you would expect in a museum, it was really exciting to see movie artifacts like the Ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz and all the other awesome stuff mentioned in the extra tidbit on display. You really could spend months wandering around those museums.
That is an awesome idea, him retrieving his old costume for old time's sake. I really love the Smithsonian museums, it's got a lot more potential as a movie location than Night of the Museum 2 tapped into. In addition to the exhibits you would expect in a museum, it was really exciting to see movie artifacts like the Ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz and all the other awesome stuff mentioned in the extra tidbit on display. You really could spend months wandering around those museums.
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