First Look At Captain America’s Costume [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 12:55 am,

[Update: Check out the first images of Cap's Movie Costume below!]

[Update 2: Also check out the Thor movie costume images!]

There are two things that, if done incorrectly, can “make-or-break” a super hero movie: The actor chosen to play the lead and the look of the costume. This is doubly true for the upcoming Marvel super hero film Captain America: The First Avenger.

After much debate, hearsay, rumors and speculation, Marvel Studios and director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman) decided on Chris Evans in the iconic role of Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, and Hugo Weaving as the villainous Red Skull. However, even if Evans nails the role but the costume isn’t on-point – then the film is sunk before it starts.

Those lucky SoBs Our friends at JoBlo were fortunate enough to get a special look at the first test costume for Captain America – and from their description, it doesn’t sound half bad.

According to the JoBlo, Johnston recently talked with the LA Times about Cap’s outfit revealing there will actually be two Captain America costumes – one designed by the Army for his stint in the USO and the one he wears while on active duty as Captain America.

JoBlo’s description is of the latter – we’ve included this excerpt describing the torso and head:

“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.

Cap is wearing a blue neck piece but from what I saw, it’s hard to tell if this is connected to something under the helmet or whether it’s something like a turtleneck (I’m gonna guess the latter).

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.

His shoulders have pads over them that extend down to about mid-bicep and are attached via a brown strap under the arm. The sleeves (for lack of a better word) are white with a fairly standard brown glove.”

You can read the rest of the description, including pants and shield, at JoBloHERE.

Update: AICN has shared some art of Cap’s movie costume, which has been confirmed by JoBlo as the costume they were describing above. The images were submitted by AICN reader “Broly’s Legend” and I’d say the results are pretty spectacular. If this is truly the costume we’re getting in the movie, I think (at least most of us) can breath a little easier:


For more images of the costume (including action poses) you should head over to AICN.

In my mind, there’s some World War II authenticity to the outfit, some color mixed in and a few things added and/or removed to make the costume more believable. For the most part, I am OK with that and it all sounds pretty decent. Personally, I’m glad they removed the white wings from his helmet but kept the iconic white “A”.

The description sounds a lot like the suit Cap wears in the comic series Captain America Reborn.

What are your thoughts on how Captain America’s costume is shaping up (according to the description and artist concepts)? Does it sound like they’re moving in the right direction?

Captain America: The First Avenger flings his shield of justice in the face of evil on July 22, 2011.

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Source: JoBlo, Images courtesy of and Jonathan Mayer

Update Source: AICN

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  1. Nope, If that’s his costume I won’t be seeing it… Chris Evans was an ok choice even though I don’t believe he can act, and now if that’s the costume, I will not be seeing this movie!

    • lol you sat that but you will see it, you know you will. so stop moaning about something u dont even know is fact yet. jeeeeezzz some people get so bitter n twisted about the smallest thing.

    • lol you say that but you will see it, you know you will. so stop moaning about something u dont even know is fact yet. jeeeeezzz some people get so bitter n twisted about the smallest thing.

      • yea i think Cassey will end up seeing this one as well as all the others i haven’t been able to see IM2 yet but will be seeing it on Friday really think the big screen enhances the experience on films like these

  2. This looks great.
    I am stoked for this film, the saving grace will be with the actor. Chris Evans will kill this, he’s shown with a few serious films(Cellular,Sunshine is it??) that he has serious acting chops, an those who offered him the role believe it too.With a good supporting cast, this will excel.

    • I agree completely agree..this film will be awesome as long as the script delivers..Love the character always have always will..

  3. ok so is this supposed to be like concept art of the costume or something cuz it looks like they took the Green Lantern route of animating a costume rather than puting Chris Evans in one

    • Cap with belt and suspenders?!?!?! Remember the movie “Once Upon a Time in The West:

      “How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can’t even trust his own pants.” (Frank/heny Fonda)

      Honnestly, it’s ridicoulus, and stupid!

  4. I reckon the costume looks pretty good. I like it. It’s not really that much of a departure from the original.

  5. Looks good i mean ya the boots and gloves are not the ssame red but really this is not wizard of oz. do like the helmet rout they are taking and also hope they keep the bright colors in the sheild. other then that im impressed.

  6. It looks great, glad they really didnt diverge from the costume too much.

  7. look at the first pic on this page
    looks legit……

    • that didn’t work what are we looking for?

      • it was supposed to be a page with a pic of torso and up shot of Evans in what it looks like to be a different more modern costume…iull try it again in case:

        found it by googling “captain america movie logo” on web NOT images, you can try that….the first result there

  8. I LOVE IT!!!! It looks great!! Feeling much better about this film after seeing this..first(Evans) & second(costume) hurdles let’s hope the script delivers.. :)

  9. Not to damper on things but i wanna ask this question, Why does mostly everyone want to do away with Capt’s wings on his mask? Whatever the costume is made out of such as the one above i dont mind, it looks great, i just hope the 2nd costume is the traditional that we know him from the comics meaning, red boots/gloves, red stripes in stomach area, star on chest, capital A on forehead of mask and of-couse wings on the side but NOT painted on. I watched the 90′s Captain America movie and the wings on that mask didnt look too bad, and i know MARVEL can take it up a notch to make the wings look better than what was seen in that old film. Like i said before, leaving out the wings to me would be like Batman without his pointing ears or Flash’s Lighting bolts on their cowls.

    • Batman’s little pointy ears don’t look nearly as ridiculous as two wings stickin out from the side of that man’s helmet. I don’t want to see it in anyway shape or form. Let the wings die…

    • It does look a little weird without the wings….

      • It does now, but I’m sure we’ll get used to it.

  10. I think it’s pretty decent.Wish they would’ve found a way to incorporate the scales into his costume,but I guess they wanted to keep it “real world” practical,which,I guess is a good thing.

    Overall,not bad.

  11. It’ll probably look better in real life. While the description sounded very much legitimate, I don’t think the computer-generated image looks that great at all. I think it should turn out better in reality.

  12. looks a bit like andonis’ cocept art for marvel. this is a pretty good design imo, looks much better then thors ‘plastic’ costume.

  13. If he’s wearing a helmet, i doubt the wings would be visible then. I even recall a episode from season 2 of Justice League on a alternate Batman’s look. Mostly armor suit, helmet w/ visor and ears not pointy/ more clean cut edged. If MARVEL is to do the right thing, they’d make ONE of the costumes traditional/modern lookin like on film. Without the wings, might aswell complete the look with a stupid lookin visor over his eyes right?

  14. Great it looks even better than I pictured it being. I love it and hope it looks at least half as good on film. I just hope it’s real. Some people will find any thing to hate on I mean if it looked the exact same as the comics they would complain that it looks cheesy and they’ll say it should of Bern changed to look better.

    • Well if DanielF likes it, it must be good. :)

  15. For God’s sake, don’t just ignore the wings. It’s a problem that can be solved. This just shows some laziness that really surprises me, especially after all of the other great solutions to making the Marvel Universe believable and practical on film.

    I love the rest of it, but the helmet/mask without the wings looks so much like that horrible old movie serial, Even a simple solution like paint could work, but there is no reason why there can’t be a slight protrusion built into the contour of the helmet.

    Again, leaving the wings off completely is pure laziness. Solve the problem.

    • Just a suggestion but why can’t the wings be fashioned into some kind of communication device for the Cap?

  16. Looks great, but I think its missing a gun holster or a knife(he is a soldier after all).

  17. At this point I like to think of it as evolving. The Captain America we know today has been built up over the years, why should it be different in this movie? Are you the same person you were this time last year? You gotta history, he’s gotta history. Leave room for the character to grow. That includes things about his costume. Besides if you were an enemy combatant looking to shoot targets this guy stands out like an elephant on wall street, know what I mean? ;)

    About the materials issue. So much high tech came out of WWII. I would say only the era of the space race was there as much innovation. From super highways to Atomic technology These pages document a lot of it, but probably not all.

    • @ the old man

      Thanks for the links. I always find this kind of stuff interesting. :-)

      • Your welcome Magnetic Eye. Go Cap…

  18. Looks great to me. It seems better than the Thor costume, for now.

  19. Costume looks great and adapted well, would be curious to see the other costume since it was said there would be two different ones.

  20. needs wings and oh by the way how does he hear?

  21. One question……Can the costume act?

  22. Cap has been affectionaltely referred to as “Wing head” for 50 years and I can hear the banter between him and Hawkeye eventually in an Avengers movie. He needs his wings in some fashion. Cap is also a paratrooper and that emblem is a pair of wings. perhaps after his first jump his comrades could add a pair to his helmet to commerate his jump. This would provide an explanation fro their presence.

  23. So is the first scene in Cap America going to be the other soldiers laughing at the new guy in the flashy colors or what?

    I mean come on, this is a classic comic book character but, it looks a little laughable in a realistic setting.

    He would blend into the background of a flag store but on the battlefield you could see this guy coming a mile away.

    Nevermind, looks great!!! ;-)

  24. What’s wrong with something like this? I enlarged the helmet slightly, added some ridges with a bit of white paint to highlight the edges (looks like wings now, but could be functional – like vents) and gave him the ability to actually hear something.

    Could anyone live with this? To me, this looks like Cap…

    • Yes, I like yours better.

      In general, I just think this concept costume looks too modern. I can’t really imagine seeing this guy in WWII. The pants and the chest armor, specifically. It just doesn’t look “WWII” to me.

      Then again, I can almost guarantee that this is fan-made stuff, so I’m not putting a lot of money on it. While the guy(s) who made this definitely took all the details into account, the computer-generated imagery just doesn’t do it for me.

    • That’s not a bad idea. It kinda has a eureka moment feel to it. Desiring something functional then turning it into something more. Just the thing some manufacturing engineer would think of that did something like it on airplane engine cowls or something…

  25. I like it! It reminds me of Ultimate CA.

  26. I’m just surprised it doesn’t have a green crescent on it…

  27. They both look ‘very good’ :)

  28. I’m a BIG fan of Chris Evans, he makes a great Human Torch! But I think someone grittier looking should have been picked to play Captain America..
    Maybe John Cena, or Jeff Hardy! And, I can tell you now, the hard core fans of Captain America, will NOT like the change in uniform, any kid in a comic book store can tell ya that!!.. Imagine if you would’ve changed Iron Man’s costume even in the slightest….it would’ve been shot down like a duck on duck hunting season!

    • Yes John Cena is physically perfect for the role, but can he pull of the acting necessary for this to be taken seriously?

    • Yes John Cena is physically perfect for the role, but can he pull off the acting necessary for this to be taken seriously?

  29. Give him the wings!