The summer of 2011 is set to offer the most superhero-saturated blockbuster season in history as Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, and Captain America: The First Avenger battle it out for box-office supremacy. We’ve spent years covering these films and, as the spoilerific news cycle spins down, the marketing machine kicks into high gear. But that doesn’t mean that Marvel is entirely out of 2011 surprises.

Hot on the heels of a leaked Avengers one-sheet, that revealed Hawkeye’s costume as well as a number of modern tweaks to Captain America’s suit for the 2012 superhero mash-up film, we’re getting a sneak peek at Chris Evans in the Captain America USO suit – the traditional, and less battle-hardened, version of his iconic outfit.

Just a few days ago we got our first look at Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull (in action) and now, thanks to French site MDCU, we’ve got our first (low-res) look at Chris Evans’ other Captain America costume – the USO suit.

In the context of the film, for anyone unfamiliar with the suit, Rogers will mostly use the costume for public appearances – and other non-battlefield situations. Outside of the film it’s clear that, more than anything, director Joe Johnston wanted to give a hat-tip to the character’s origins.

Check out the Captain America USO images below:

While certainly a fun nod to fans, the suit would have looked ridiculous on the battlefield in the actual film – and serves as a stellar example of why “updating” the look of iconic characters for modern action films is a necessity.

Die-hard Captain America fans are still busy decrying the updated war-zone costume – specifically the lack of actual stand-out wings on the headpiece, merely painted onto the helmet instead, but they’ve obviously forgotten how that went over-over back in Albert Pyun’s 1990 film adaptation.

Matt Salinger as Captain America (1990)

As a result, the USO costume is a nice opportunity to reminisce – and be thankful that Cap has a period-appropriate, and frankly bad-ass, costume for his latest film adaptation adventure. Of course, anyone still holding out for dramatic changes to the costume can always start petitioning now – since Evans will be getting an updated look for The Avengers as well as the inevitable Captain America 2.

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Captain America: The First Avenger will be released on July 22, 2011.

Source: MDCU [via Bleeding Cool]