We have started seeing the first wave of photos released from the set of Captain America: Civil War, including photos of Crossbones and Falcon. We now also have our first look at Captain America's new duds from the film. Long time fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have noticed that, much like Iron Man, Cap seems to get a costume upgrade in every film he has appeared in, sometimes donning two or three costumes in a single film. While this makes sense with Iron Man, since his "costume" is technological and presumable different armors might have different capabilities, in the case of Captain America, I really can't see this as anything more than a ploy to be able to sell more toys with different aesthetics. In the first Captain America film we saw Cap's suit evolve from a theatrical costume used in an on-stage capacity while serving with the USO, to a more fully functional military uniform of sorts. Then, in The Avengers, we saw that traded in for a more modern, and much more superheroic, outfit. Those changes made sense, but now it just seems he is getting a new costume just for the sake of giving him a new costume in every picture.
I enjoyed the "Super Soldier" costume Cap wore during the first half of The Winter Soldeir, as it paid homage to a costume Steve Rogers did wear in the comics, although he wasn't going by the name Captain America at the time. It was a unique version, and the Russo Brothers did a great job of translating the look from the comics to the screen. I don't want to come off like I am just complaining here, it's whatever. I think some of Cap's costumes are better than others, but if they want to change them to sell toys, I can live with it. Never-the-less, we now have our first photos of the new Cap costume from Civil War, and to be honest, I think it's a little underwhelming. Before we get into the discussion, here are the photos:
It kind of makes you wonder if they are running out of things to change on the costume, because the Civil War version is extremely similar to the costume we just saw in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035). With only a few minor changes, the costumes are almost identicle.
The red trim around the shoulders and the star has been removed, as well as the white sleeves, which are actually a trademark of the Captain America costume that have been there since the character debuted way back in 1941. He retains the Avengers logo on his shoulders, which is extremely reminiscent of a US Army unit patch, which I have always thought was a nice touch. It also retains the more functional military look, and is less of a superhero costume and more of a soldier's uniform. The red and white stripes of his mid-section are of the same design as those on the Age of Ultron costume. This costume change, honestly, seems to make the least sense of any costume change the character has gotten in all of his appearances. I mean, the costumes are so similar, one might wonder why they even made the effort to change it at all, especially since the changes made make the costume much less interesting, at least in my opinion.
It will be interesting to see what they come up with for The Infinity War, which should be the character's next big appearance after Civil War. I, personally, am hoping they can go back to a more superhero look, like Cap had in the first Avengers movie, and to an extent in The Winter Soldier, but only time will tell.