Chris Evans Talks ‘Captain America’ Costume & Shield

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

Last month we got a look at the conceptual art for the new Captain America outfit that actor Chris Evans will don in next year’s highly-anticipated Captain America: The First Avenger film from Marvel Studios.

Now the former Human Torch has opened up about the new design of the Captain’s costume and just what it is like wielding his iconic red, white and blue bullseye shield.

Evans gave the following, enthusiastic take on Captain America and his renovated look:

“It’s an amazing costume.  Given the fact that his costume is red, white, and blue, and it’s tight, and it could be kind of flash and over the top – and given the fact that the movie takes place in the ’40s and ’50s – they’re don a really good job of making it look cool.”

The new costume certainly does benefit from not having tiny white wings attached to the side of the helmet.  It also has a much heavier, more armor-like structure and seems like something that would actually protect the Captain in battle.

Evans said as much with his comment that “[The costume] doesn’t exactly breathe the way [my] Fantastic Four costume breathed, but it’s the way it should be.  Any type of World War II uniform would be a little chunky, and I think that’s what kind of gives it its character.”

Captain America Outfit Chris Evans Talks Captain America Costume & Shield

On the matter of Captain America’s patriotic boomerang shield, Evans mentioned the following:

“We’ve been testing a lot of shields.  Last time I was in London they had six shields and I had to hold each one, see if I was comfortable with each one, see which one we all thought had the right look.  The thing is pretty heavy, so I’m not sure I can throw it that far!  I’ll give it my best shot, but hopefully they’ll have some sort of stunt shield when it comes to actually chucking it!”

It will be interesting to see how often the Captain will actually use his classic weapon during his new cinematic venture.  Hopefully – should we get a Captain America movie in 3D – moviegoers won’t have to suffer through too many shots in which the shield threatens to decapitate them as it is thrown straight at the camera.

What do you think?  Do you concur with Evans on the Captain’s new look?  Would you prefer he fight more with his hands or his American flag-colored shield?  Sound off in the comments section below.

The First Avenger: Captain America begins filming this month in London and will be out in the states on July 22nd, 2011.

Source: Empire (via Coming Soon)

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  1. where are my wings i want my wings!

  2. I want to see what the uniform for the modern era will look like.

  3. I think he should use both his hands and the shield equally.

  4. I feel there shoud have been something in Evan’s contract for CA refusing him to make any “4″ references. That is one reason I feel he was the wrong choice for such an iconic figure. THOR wins the lead casting hands down and IMHO will be a far better film. Not to mention a furious head start in production.

  5. I think Evans should use both his hands and the shield in combat. Cap is known to be one of the best hand to hand fighters in the Marvel Universe,having mixing different types of martial arts into his own personal “style”……The Shield is his offensive AND defensive weapon, having trained with it in both forms. Since again Cap is known for his style I do hope they show this in the movies.

  6. To the “fighters”. Cap originally was a brawler. He generally just beat the crap out of the Nazis using his shield to protect himself from bullets.

    Now that he is ….. thawed? (IM2) There is a new design to his shield and costume. Not to mention his “desire” to be the best leader/fighter.

    So what I see is this…. (and this is what I am HOPING for)

    Most of (if not all) the first movie is him in WWII. He will have the iconic first shield. You know the one that looks like a shield.

    There will be hints to his acrobatic fighting ability but hey its WWII, there was not a lot of fighting by jumping and kicking.

    However they unsuspend him…. when he is thawed/revived he finds his straight forward style is “out dated”. That is when he gets all of his training, updated costume (cant jump around in that bulky one) and new shield as now people have ranged attacks that can defeat the original purpose of the shield.

    I really dont want to see him fighting like the modern day Cap in a WWII setting. To me that will put a crimp on it.

    • Well said Aknot.

      The only thing I’;d add is that I would like to see some STARK inovations in the new (modern day) shield, the one he gets postr bieng thawed and retrained. For example it would be cool if in the big end battle (at the movies climax) we see Cap in a situation where his shield based on past showings would not protect him and at the last momemt we see a Tony Stark improvement come alive.


      In the big finale we find Cap and 1 extra (non-super) person trapped with a missle (or something like it ) coming at them and while his shield would protect Capt or the person with him it is too small to cover both and so Capt hears a voice over his ear com and its Tony Stark who has been watching (assuming Iron Man is not in this fight) and he tells captain to say “Sheild Expand” (or something cooler sounding) and the shield grows to twice its size, just large enough to protect them both.

      I think a suprise shield feature like that would be a cool addition to the modern day shield.

      • maybe repulsor tech since it was developed by stark?

    • Aknot,

      I agree with you here. Martial arts largely did not exist outside of Asian communities at the time of WWII. It wasn’t actually until the 60′s that the knowledge of martial arts even became mainstream (and even then that knowledge was still quite limited). While I’m not as knowledgeable about Cap as others here, it would seem to make sense to me that he would have a brawler/boxer fighting style during the war and not use things like spinning hook kicks to take down enemies. However, studios know that people expect martial arts in fight scenes these days, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they include it.

  7. Im sorry but I feel like people just cant make up their minds about 3D.

    On one hand- If the movie was not intended to be in 3D but is then converted after the fact you see all these critics and moviegoers complaining that the movie wasnt meant to be seen in 3d. that nothing about it would benefit being in 3d. For example that there werent any cool shots coming at you like their ought to be. simply they complained that the movie wouldnt utilize any of the benefits 3d had to offer because it wasnt preplanned (and that all makes sense to me)

    On the other hand- you have movies that are intended to be in 3d from the beginning and then critics and moviegoers worry that the film will have objects flying at them (see article above). for some reason they start worrying that the movie will god forbid include some shots that are yes cliche but also simply fun to watch in the 3d format (i.e a shield being thrown at you)

    I dont know about you, but IMHO what makes 3d great is stuff like the shield being thrown at you. it may seem corny to some of you…but its not. what got 3d started 5 or so years ago was the silly things popping at you in the disney rides or wherever they first had it…and they shouldnt steer away from that.

    i am crossing my fingers that in captain america there is a shield thrown at me….that would mean the filmmakers actually understand what makes 3d so good.

  8. Sorry Dave, but it really hurts the quality of a film when they do cliche cheesy shots just for the purpose of 3d it’s idiotic and ridiculous. It not only hurts the quality of the film, but insults the intelligence of anyone over 10.

  9. That was the WW2 outfit? Looks a little too modern doesn’t it?

  10. im glad they lost those fairy wings on his helmet. thats the only thing i wouldnt be a fan of had it made it into the movie. so on that end, good move. as for the shield, you can’t NOT use it. it’s just as much a part of cap as the spiderweb is to spider man.

  11. Sigh. I still say they should’ve made Evans Flash instead of Capn’ Merica. He is more suited to be Flash.

  12. Actually saw Evan’s a few weeks ago, he’s really bulked up for the role.

  13. Keep up the good work Chris!

  14. #1 thank god those wings are gone, #2 if you had shield yes you would use it in a fight..i have seen people fight..people will anything in the heat of moment to grab and use so stop your crying about whether he will use it r not..After all the shield is his Icon,,and also the suit is just fine..could be worse..but realistically in WW2 they would had him in army green or camouflage he would had sported an American fag on his uniform guys its fantasy hero film take it fr what is.sadly already there Germans bitching about it by how they are going to be portrayed in the film apparently they are still sensitive about losing to us!

  15. It doesn’t matter. They’ll screw it up anyway. They ALWAYS screw it up by not being true to the source material. Several people at Marvel need to be taken out and horsewhipped; starting with Joe Quesada and ending with whoever cast Ildris Elba as Heimdall in Thor.

  16. I’ve read probably 10000 or more comics in my life. I didn’t like Cap’s last costume, when he got ‘assassinated’. It looked faggy. His original look was the best. This one sort of looks like a hybrid of that and the gunbelt uniform he wore in WWII. Looks pretty slick.

  17. Well many people have issues with the wings. Yays vs Nays. I say at least paint them on there in a cool way. If you look at the sides of the helmet it looks awkward,weird and empty with nothing on the sides. So they should at least paint them on.

    • Yeah they should of kept the wings since he had them in the comics.