Earlier this week Marvel Studios announced the start of principal photography on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and with the casting confirmations and a new synopsis came the first official photo of Chris Evans in costume as the titular star-spangled Avenger.
That costume didn't quite match the one he wore in The Avengers however, and now we may know why. Chris Evans will get to wear at least one new Captain America outfit from Marvel Comics in the sequel to The First Avenger.
CBM has the scoop and have shared the leaked concept art. While we cannot confirm quite yet if it's official, previous leaks regarding many of the the new armored suits in Iron Man 3 proved true and the latest image falls in line with the style of previous artwork. The costume will look very familiar to readers of Marvel Comics:
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(So it's probably real)
[Update 2: JFX acquired set photos confirming the new costume - click HERE to see.]
Note the the gloves, design of the boots, belt buckle and leather work around the shoulder and neck. Also take a look at the red stripe down the side of the leg along with the while stripes from his should going towards his center. It's concealed by his throwing arm but is still rather evident that the design above is based off the design of Captain America's Secret Avengers costume from Marvel Comics (worn in the Steve Rogers - Super Soldier miniseries and Secret Avengers, among with multiple other appearances):
The image does offer an explanation for the noticeable differences from the costume Evans is wearing in official Captain America: The Winter Soldier photo when compared to his Avengers attire. It also opens up the possibility for Bucky eventually suiting up in the more traditional Captain America garb should the film franchise follow certain key events in recent years from the books. Reaction to Cap's Avengers suit was mixed and in an effort to better merchandise the sequel, Cap would need a new costume much like Tony Stark. Are you hoping this costume appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Fun tidbit: Secret Avengers introduced this costume in 2010 but was relaunched in February as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative where Nick Fury - wearing a similar costume to the one above - leads a secret team including Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, The Winter Soldier, Maria Hill and Phil Coulson. Wouldn't that be a neat way to have two Avengers teams in the film franchise?
The film has begun shooting in Los Angeles for in-studio work and will move to shooting on-location in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. this summer. Cap’s next adventure is being directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo off a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and will release in 3D. Robert Redford joins Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Anthonie Mackie, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Maximiliano Hernandez and Georges St-Pierre.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes if you’re hoping for a new Cap costume!