CAPTAIN AMERICA THE WINTER SOLDIER Directors Talk 'Captain Rogers' Costume
The directors of the upcoming chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe speak on the decision to feature one of the more recent iterations of Captain Americas iconic costume
“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,” Joe Russo tells SFX. “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."
Many a comic fan became concerned that there was a possibility that Marvel was attempting to "take the america" out of Captain America when the first images surfaced of a costume that prominently featured only one of the three colors that are the signature of the United States. Joe Russo explains exactly what went into picking this specific costume for the film. "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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