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

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 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, [via Comic Book Movie]