‘The Avengers’: Helicarrier Images & Captain America Costume Talk

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Now that the Avengers Japanese trailer has offered a first look at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier in motion, Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled a dozen new still frames from the Marvel blockbuster that offer an even closer look at the interior of the vessel – along with characters like Bruce Banner and Nick Fury hanging out in different areas (laboratory, control deck, etc.) of the Avengers’ massive mobile base of operations.

On top of that, we also have a new interview with Marvel’s go-to visual development supervisor/conceptual artist Ryan Meinerding discussing one of the few elements in The Avengers which has prompted a largely negative response from the steadfast fanbase: Captain America’s renovated costume design.

Have a look at the various rooms and technology housed aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier (and new pics of characters like Hawkeye and Thor, among others) in the latest Avengers photo gallery:


For our money, the architectural layout and design of the Helicarrier is overall top-notch. Most of the surfaces and equipment are observably polished and almost excessively clean, but there’s enough in the way of wear and tear marks (like on the docking bay floor) to give The Avengers‘ moving headquarters a sufficiently lived in quality. The overall shiny aesthetic and comfortably spacious structure of the Helicarrier interior also makes it more apparent just what Avengers helmer Joss Whedon meant when he previously spoke about his camera work becoming “more interesting” once the production moved off-set (and into the less accommodating real world).

Moving on…


Ryan Meinerding talks Captain America’s outfit in The Avengers

captain america avengers The Avengers: Helicarrier Images & Captain America Costume Talk

One of the preliminary points of contention among Marvel fans with respect to The Avengers has to do with Captain America’s “modernized” outfit, especially his new helmet. While it’s somewhat of a nitpicking point of debate, and one that’ll probably be largely forgotten once the actual movie is released, we’re still six weeks away from said theatrical launch date. So, seeing how The Avengers visual development supervisor Ryan Meindering has spoken out about the thought process behind Cap’s renovated costume, we might as well carry on about it for a bit longer, yes?

Here is what Meindering offered CineComics.fr with regards to Cap’s uniform in The Avengers (per usual, take all this as you will):

“… With [Cap's costume in 'The First Avenger'] I was really, really involved with trying to make [Chris Evans] look as big and strong and powerful as possible… Joss [Whedon] really had a desire with [Cap's 'Avengers' suit] to feel like the comic version… He wanted Cap to feel like the Cap that he remembered from the comics [with] red, white, and blue stripes, there’s no straps, there’s no gear… We did have a few problems with the helmet… Initially, he did have his ears exposed and people were worried that it wasn’t working, so we ended up covering the ears… In the end, I’ve seen the movie, I’ve seen how it all turns out… I think it looks cool, it doesn’t bother me in a way that it could… When the movie comes out, I think people will be very excited about it.”

For much more from Meindering about his experience working on The Avengers (and on Marvel Studio projects in general), check out the full interview.


The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, and Tom Hiddleston. It was written and directed by Joss Whedon, opening in theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.


Source: Walt Disney Pictures, CineComics.fr [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. don’t like the head gear on capt, he looks heaps better without it (in this movie), it just looks really weird and off as opposed to the rest of the suit which is ok (to clean looking, i would have preferred realistic like the capt movie one).

  2. All i gotta say is that i love the new pictures within the Helicarrier. Oh Yeah! As for Cap’s costume, im sure i’ll enjoy once i see the movie despite what pictures show. I felt the same way about his WW2 costume alittle bit in The First Avenger, but it turned out lookin great on film. May 4th can’t come fast enough.

  3. Iron Man looks the best.

    Just saying…

    • I’m not really a fan of all the silver plates on his new suit, but whatever… it ain’t that important ;)

    • I have to disagree. I really like this newest Hulk. I wish they had left Thor’s costume alone. I do NOT like the blue.

  4. What I’m mostly curious about is the scene in Avengers where Cap has just been found frozen and is being examined. I wonder if Hank Pym and or Janet Van Dyne will be one of people examining Cap and bring him back from suspended animation. They could easily do it with stand in actors because they are wearing masks. Maybe just their names could be mentioned. That’d be awesome!!!!!!!

    • Dude… you’re lucky I’ve already seen that pic, otherwise I’d come to your house and kick your @$$ for that spoiler ;)

      Just give a warning next time (a spoiler warning)… there are people here who don’t want any more info like that until they’ve seen the movie.

      • I’m not trying to stir the pot but if that’s the case then you should probably avoid threads like this where something might get revealed and “ruin” it for you…I always post a spoiler alert but a lot of peeople don’t and some do it just to get your goat..

        • If this were any other site, I’d agree, but the reason I’m so fond of screenrant is because the ranters usually give warnings (unlike most other sites’ readers) — and Blastaar is a ranter IMO – he’s been around for a while.
          Plus, this article was about costume designs… it wasn’t even remotely related to the spoilerific scene about Cap.

          I’m staying away from articles that have new footage, new info or new images that have potential spoilers (luckily, screenrant’s writers give warnings as well) but when reading an article about costumes, or interviews with the cast about their experience on set, I don’t expect there to be unprecedented spoilers around the corner.

          I’m sure it wasn’t Blastaar’s intention to spoil anything (everyone makes mistakes sometimes)
          All I’m asking for is a little consideration… ;)

      • Sorry guys, I thought about that afterwards but I thought everybody saw that already. My bad though.

        • is that really a spoiler? we know that he was thawed, we just didn’t see it, but i guess not knowing they were gonna flash back to that would have been a nice suprise. i also looked at the pics, and most of them are in the trailers already

    • I have just been told by someone who has seen the film that the alien race is actually 2 races: the Chitauri and Annihilus. The Avengers do defeat them but the Infinity Gem Loki uses attracts the attention of a known Titan, and it ends on that note.
      Not really, but you can see how not putting a spoiler warning can mess things up.

  5. Once again apologies to all for the spoiler. Even though it’s practically everywhere already.

  6. I really think its a small complant. I like caps suit from the cap movie better too but I think Avengers will be the movie of the year.

  7. It’s good that people did complain though, because that will hopefully make them do a better job on Cap’s future designs being that MARVEL STUDIOS ACTUALLY KNOWS that most fans don’t like the new design. Spoiler*********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

    I think we may get to see Clint Barton’s classic 616 purple “Hawkeye” costume in live action but it will be used as his costume that he wore in his circus routine. It may not be in this particular Avengers movie though.

    • @ Blastaar

      You mean Hawkeye’s 616 costume might show in a sequel just for show?

  8. I like the costume~~