‘Captain America 2′ Director Talks About Steve Rogers’ New Costume

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The times they are a-changing, and for Steve Rogers – superhero and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. – the times changed all too fast as he dropped out of his own time (via an unfortunate freezing incident) and woke up in the 21st century. After being called into action for The Avengers, Steve returns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and must get to the bottom of an international mystery, face a powerful new adversary and figure out exactly where his loyalties lie.

Every Marvel movie has its own distinctive feel, often dipping into other genres for inspiration, and The Winter Soldier is very much being sold as a ’70s political thriller (except for the bit about being set in the ’70s). With the film’s more sombre, grounded tone comes a more sombre, grounded look for the first Avenger, who has acquired a new outfit that ditches the old red-and-white stripes in favor of plain old silver and blue.

Fans of the comic books may recognize this outfit from Ed Brubaker’s comic book “Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier,” and in an interview with SFX co-director Joe Russo says that a lot of thought went into the choice of Steve’s costume for The Winter Soldier. Whereas the more classic costume style seen in the first movie and The Avengers was appropriate for superhero antics, the outfit that has been described as his stealth suit works much better for the portrayal of Steve as a special forces agent:

“It was about a real world grounding approach to the character, in the spirit of Ed Brubaker’s book, which is postmodern and deconstructionist and a grounded thriller. We wanted to put Cap in a space where he’s a special forces operative for SHIELD who goes on missions around the world that are clandestine and sometimes require a certain level of anonymity or stealth.

“We wanted to use his Super Soldier outfit from the comic books as a way to represent, thematically, his place in the world of SHIELD and the difference between working for SHIELD and being Captain America. That’s something that gets explored on a very concrete level in terms of what outfits are used in the film.”

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Set photos and stills have shown that Steve will wear both his Avengers and the stealth suit in The Winter Soldier, and based on Russo’s comments it sounds like it will be worth paying attention to what he is wearing for each mission. This also applied to other members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, as Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) has been seen both in and out of the mechanical wings that mark him as Steve’s flying ally, a.k.a. The Falcon. Russo adds that The Winter Soldier is based more on recent interpretations of Captain America than the classic comics.

“People can say that they’re fans of the books if they’re only loyal to the ‘60s and ‘70s version of the character – well, then you’re a fan of that version of the character, but if you’ve been reading the books till the current runs then this is a journey that the character goes on and it’s a pretty explicit journey. We just felt like we were being faithful to the more recent issues of the books.”

Despite having more of a classic comic book aesthetic and plot, Captain America: The First Avenger certainly had its moments of self-awareness and it will be interesting to see the character develop in a mature and complex way as he tries to find a place for himself in the modern world.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out in theaters on April 4, 2014.

Source: SFX

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  1. Nothing like a blue American flag suit and a giant shield for “anonymity and stealth”.

  2. Yes all that silver is very stealthy…

  3. That last quotation from Russo is brilliant and something I wish all “fanboys” would accept.

    • yes yes…plus it doesn’t have to follow exactly just influence

      • Also (not to put a target on my head) but would it be so wrong to venture into new territory? Someone has to create new material. Are the “books” somehow the only pure way to do that? It’s all Marvel. Even the thing with the mandarin. People that don’t know the comics think that was a BRILLIANT twist. I’m not necessarily supporting it, I’m just saying it’s not really that bad.

        • it doesn’t have to be new territory, i like that they pick and choose different interpretations from the 60 or how many years some comics have been around to suit the times…i am an avid Iron Man fan from old school comics yet the Mandarin didn’t bother me as much as i feel they phoned in Tony’s story, the kid and his PTSD i think it could have been handled a lot better with Demon in a bottle, and still included kids making fun of him with iron pots on their heads etc…it felt watered down too much for me.

          i think the Mandarin has a longer story arc then people want to believe, because they feel “tricked”

          • Apparently Favreau wanted to do Demon in a Bottle for IM3, but Marvel thought it was too mature.

            • yup which sucks but oh well, he also wanted to do Mandarin for IM2 but they didn’t let him

  4. With Cap being my favorite superhero, and me having a large collection of his comics, I must say that Ed Brubaker’s fantastic stories are the ones I re-read the most. I’m really looking forward to how it’ll play out on the big screen.

    • Have to agree with you on Brubaker’s Cap run, especially early on. It was like reading a political thriller. I’ve been following Cap since I learned to read as a six year old waaaaaaay back in 1968.
      When I read the Winter Soldier storyline, I can remember telling a friend it was like a movie. So glad that Marvel has chosen this particular storyline for Cap’s sequel. I think this is going to surprise many once it premieres.
      Liking the new outfit. I didn’t really care for his outfit in the Avengers. He looked like a Power Ranger to me.

  5. Yea, nothing beats Brubaker’s Cap.

  6. Everyone keeps saying he dons his Avengers outfit along with the new “Stealth Suit”

    That is clearly a replica of his TFA outfit with an extra stripe down the middle of the abs area, get it right people

    • It has different shoulder pads too. They look the same as Falcon’s only underneath the jacket/jersey/whatever you call it.

  7. Really looking forward to this movie, and the Last quote got me really excited to how Capt. Will be handled this time around!

  8. While I’m really looking forward to this one, I really hope it turns out to be more of a ‘political thriller’ than Thor: TDW was an ‘epic fantasy’, because it was sold that way and all we got was an uninteresting villain, some fights set in other worlds and… another MacGuffin. I did like TDW overall but it didn’t really go as far as I thought it would in terms of expanding the scope of the setting, and I hope that all this talk of Cap 2 being a political thriller translates into actual results and not just marketing speak.

  9. His new costume reflects ‘Stealthy and Tactical’ .

    Personally I like his costume from Avengers movie.

  10. I like how on his left shoulder, the top stripe becomes a little American flag logo. Its a nice little connection to various armed forces. I’m also interested to see if he does have a stealth shield, at last comic con they had a blue and silver shield, looks like he has that when he parachutes onto the boat, but in most of the clips he has his red striped shield.

    I just want this movie to come out already!!! It angers me that the rest of the world gets to see it a week early…

  11. Those photos you linked to show his WW2 suit NOT his suit from The Avengers. He’s probably betrayed by SHIELD in the third act and puts on his old suit for the symbolism of being Captain America, not a government agent.

    • i think it has more to do with facing an old friend

  12. Captain America’s original costume color fit the personality of the character and the tone of the times, but Marvel has tried to change things up over the years with mixed results. The times has changed and trying to sell a character to an audience outside of the United States might be better served by not playing to a particular national aesthetic.

    A little known fact is that many of the Golden Age comic characters from Marvel and DC had some variation of a red, white and blue costume due to the Red Scare. Batman was accused of being an “undesirable” character initially because of his dark costume. Thankfully nobody buckled under and put him in a bright costume to avoid scrutiny.

  13. he must never again where the bright colors, it looks horrible and takes away from what youre watching. dark blue in avengers age of ultron please

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