In a curious twist of fate that suggests either fanboy voodoo or (more likely) carefully-orchestrated secret marketing, two different films based on Marvel characters saw some of their apparent concept art leak out to the Internet today. Ain’t It Cool has a possible look at Captain America‘s costume, and Collider has the same for Thor. (America, breathe a sigh of relief: nobody looks like this!)
If you ask me, one costume is totally awesome, and one costume is extremely questionable.
The Captain America outfit looks incredible: it’s got that perfect retro-look, like a colorblasted paratrooper uniform. Even stuff that should look goofy (like the red suspenders or the brown man-boots) comes together well. Add in the kevlar-studded fabric, and you’ve got an outfit that looks like it actually serves a purpose besides looking cool. (One question, though: am I the only one who kind of prefers the triangle shield?)
I’m a bit more skeptical about the Thor outfit. Admittedly, this one’s the tougher job: the thunder god’s got a pretty checkered history with nasty outfits. (See here. Don’t ask why, it was the ’90s.) I understand why the movie would steer clear of the vintage Thor look, since it really requires Schwarzenegger-level biceps to pull off. But I’m not feeling the weird mishmash of battle armor and Matrix-y leather. That being said, it’s hard to judge without seeing what kind of digital effects they use on Thor’s hammer: it could look awesome, or it could look like a glowing hammer.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Will Captain America bring the chin strap back into fashion? Is it actually possible for capes to look cool when the wearer isn’t flying? Sound off below!