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Director On Captain America's Costume Change

By Garth Franklin Thursday February 13th 2014 08:41PM
Director On Captain America's Costume Change

Chris Evans' Steve Rogers sports a whole different look as Captain America in the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier". The red and white of the costume seen in both the first film and Marvel's "The Avengers" is gone in favor of a toned down and more practical navy number with a single silver star.

Speaking with SFX Magazine, the film's director Joe Russo says the costume is in line with the more recent comic storyline and will reflect the full journey of the character:

"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.

We didn't feel like we were messing with the icon. 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. The movie has a very thematic component in terms of the use of costumes. When you come to see the film I think you'll understand why we made the choice we made."

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