Ryan Meinerding Talks THE AVENGERS, Designing Captain America's Uniform And More!

Addressing Captain America's ears NOT being exposed, concept artist Ryan Meinerding dishes on seeing The Avengers, working with the studio and much more in a video interview!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 3/18/2012


During the exhibition of his amazing artwork for Marvel Studios in Paris, concept artist Ryan Meinerding discussed with CineComics.fr his most recent work with the studio;The Avengers big-screen superhero assembly. Commenting on designing Captain America's uniform, his unexposed ears, seeing the film finished, and much more, watch the nine-and-a-half minute long video interview below!



Here's a transcribed excerpt that address the design of Captain America's suit.
"For the costume of Captain America I had to really get involved and ensure that Chris [Evans] appears as a tall, muscular strongest possible in fact. [...] Joss [Whedon] had the desire to suit the film version of the Avengers to offer a version closer to that of comics with minor adjustments. [...] We have encountered some problems especially with the helmet the Captain, he would for example be opened with the ears of Captain in the open air, but I think it did not work. So we decided to cover the ears. You know I saw the movie and I think that really makes the costume well on the big screen. [...] What I can tell you is that everyone has been very involved and really tried to offer the best costumes. [...] I wanted really make the transition from World War II and when he wakes up 70 years later when we discover a completely different outfit. And that, that will interest people."


Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”--the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, & directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble on May 4, 2012. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. In addition to "Marvel's The Avengers," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013!; and “Thor 2” on November 15, 2013.


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WolvieCBM - 3/18/2012, 1:13 PM
Nice! Meinerding is a great artist.
Echo4 - 3/18/2012, 1:25 PM
Sounds like he has to talk himself into liking how the Cap suit turned out. Even though I'm not really loving how it turned out I can forgive them a little bit because it has to be one on the hardest marvel costumes to put on film and you can't just drop the uniform. Unlike the complete redesign of the X-men suits Cap is to tied to his look. That Being said I would love to see a version of the Commander Rogers uniform in a future movie, that is by far my favorite.
Tao1 - 3/18/2012, 1:27 PM
Amazing Talent, Amazing Response
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 3/18/2012, 1:34 PM
They took Thors Helmet, gave Cap a helmet and keep one on Loki.

The approach does make sense though, they couldn't have some mask with exposed ears and wings. Maybe the costume will change as we see more Cap.......hopefully.
dmm5 - 3/18/2012, 1:41 PM
Can we see dragon scales on the suit next time? :/
dmm5 - 3/18/2012, 1:43 PM
@TheBigBoss917- Cap's suit is way closer to the comics than Bane's but why am I feeding you troll.... You should be slayed!!! >:O
gambgel - 3/18/2012, 1:44 PM
that team artwork in the background is Amazing.

I really dont get how Marvel cant release an official poster like that

:(
superotherside - 3/18/2012, 1:47 PM
Awesome sounds great.
leopoldinio - 3/18/2012, 1:47 PM
Captain America's Uniform sucks!
marvel72 - 3/18/2012, 1:49 PM
@ thebigboss917

not a fan of the helmet/mask piece of the costume,it looks better without it.

but saying that it looks soo much better than bane's.
Loki9876 - 3/18/2012, 1:50 PM
Cap's suit is okay.
rockerdude22 - 3/18/2012, 1:52 PM
Cap's costume will look good on film. Take my word for it. On another note, I'd love to see what he can do with other characters, such as Dr. Strange, Namor, Black Panther, and even some of the cosmic characters.
Ghostt - 3/18/2012, 1:53 PM
dang, it sounds like he knows Cap's outfit sucks. that's a damn shame.
jameshowlett2151 - 3/18/2012, 1:55 PM
Is no one going to mention the freaking HULKBUSTER ARMOR behind him!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
genesis609 - 3/18/2012, 1:57 PM
james... thats iron monger...
THORGodOfThunder - 3/18/2012, 1:59 PM
I bet Cap's suit will look great in the final cut of the movie
pepe - 3/18/2012, 1:59 PM
Well, there he said it... No ears on Cap... bastard
batmanrises - 3/18/2012, 1:59 PM
Even the artist knows the helmet sucks. He just can't bring himself to say it for obvious reasons.
TheActionAce - 3/18/2012, 2:09 PM
have to say the helmet does suck, expect the costume

but i think the helmet probably would look better in film
J0RELLC00LJ - 3/18/2012, 2:12 PM
We can complain about it all we want, but we all know the helmet/mask is gonna get about 15-20 mins, tops, screen time then its comin off so we can all see Evans face. Prolly in his contract somewhere.
RainbowRaider - 3/18/2012, 2:12 PM
I don't think Cap's costume will be distracting in the film. But regardless, the costume design team failed miserably.

And it has nothing to do with Cap's ears, people. It's simple color distribution. Specifically, there's 3 areas where they blew it.

1) Cap's arms. Your eyes automatically go to the white of his upper arms instead of cool tones of the blue. So you automatically look at the inside of his arm, which makes the arm seem smaller and less intimidating. This is a shame on so many levels, not the very least because Evans busted his butt to get a great physique for the character and they diminish it with a mistake so simple and unnecessary.

2) Cap's neck. Cap's ears aren't exposed in TFA and yet his helmet looks awesome. Why? Simple: His neck is exposed. Much like I pointed out above, the contrasting flesh tones balance out the head being slightly larger. What helps this even more is the chin strap that's brown, because this is even more of a ''cool'' color tone than blue. Thus, the flesh tones stand out even more compared to the two cooler tones around it and make his lower mouth and neck seem bigger. In Avengers, the bulbous helmet is just enhanced by the distribution of slightly darker blue around it.

3) Cap's belt. It's size greatly diminishes everything around it since it's so massive and the contrasting red and white are too small to combat it. Thus Cap's abdomen/torso are reduced to almost emaciated proportions. The blue doesn't help either, because it blends his legs into his body and gives the appearance of a individual who's wearing his belt far too high.

Whatever, just my two cents. Design is all in the purpose. If they wanted to make Cap look small, they succeeded brilliantly. The fact that Evans still looks like a born leader is a testament to his physical acting ability.
Coldblood6 - 3/18/2012, 2:23 PM
Interesting critique RainbowRider; I don't know enough about these things to agree or disagree.

IMO the costume is fantastic. The only real problem is the helmet because it increases the head size to body proportion and CE is already not that muscular.

The screenshots and clips with CAP not wearing the helmet look fantastic!

The ones with the helmet may look excellent (CAP leaping off the bus) or may be a bit off (the circling group shot); but certainly not scene/film ruining.

Some of the promotional material have some VFX modifications of the body proportions that make it look really good. Hopefully something similar will be applied to the actual film.
95 - 3/18/2012, 2:24 PM
He's great at what he does.
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Cartoon22 - 3/18/2012, 2:28 PM
@MrAnonymous due Cap will have ears exposed in The Avengers! look at the trailer! the mask hanging in that box ! is the one he has attached on to his back when talking to tony stark in the trailer is this one...


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Cartoon22 - 3/18/2012, 2:29 PM
^^^ theres the mask he will wear with ears out....i dont care about ears i care about thats its not a helmet is a cowl MASK! yeah! i posted the two version side by side
RainbowRaider - 3/18/2012, 2:30 PM
Just to be clear, I am honestly fantastically happy if you disagree with me and love the suit. Seriously. I wish everyone loved the suit.
Cartoon22 - 3/18/2012, 2:36 PM
the belt buckle is so tiny too lol black widows belt buckle is bigger thats a shame lol
JDUKE25 - 3/18/2012, 2:40 PM
I think the ears exposed looks just fine, but I think he looks better without anything on his head.
Cartoon22 - 3/18/2012, 2:43 PM
@ELgUaSoN yeah i know its BOSS! but he will wear that cowl mask i posted and its gonna be more BOSS than that helmet
Cartoon22 - 3/18/2012, 2:46 PM
@ELgUaSoN



and he has this mask ......

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in this pic u posted its off but its there hanging like a hoodie .........

GUNSMITH - 3/18/2012, 2:46 PM

THE COSTUME LOOKS BETTER WHEN ITS DRAWN..BECAUSE IT LOOK MORE FORM FITTED AND HUGS THE FACE..WHEN YOU SEE IT PRACTICAL IT LOOKS BULKIER, THE HELMET ESPECIALLY..I WAS HOPING THEY DID LIKE WHAT THEY DID IN DAREDEVIL WHERE THEY MADE A LEATHER FORM FITTED COWL

Cartoon22 - 3/18/2012, 2:47 PM
@GUNSMITH dude its looks like that daredevil mask look at the mask i posted its in the trailer ppl OPEN YOUR EYES
GUNSMITH - 3/18/2012, 2:48 PM
CARTOON@ - IT MIGHT JUST BE A HOOD BUT NOT A MASK..IT COULD BE JUST A HOOD THAT THE HELMET JUST GOES OVER..
Cartoon22 - 3/18/2012, 2:51 PM
@GUNSMITH no dude i posted the helmet with the material on this neck and i posted the mask cowl sisde by side theyre different material the mask on the left cant be the one under the helmet theyre diff colors and material look at it
Cartoon22 - 3/18/2012, 2:52 PM
@GUNSMITH



look at them

and heres a big more detailed pic of the better one


dahamma - 3/18/2012, 3:00 PM
I love the suit, I dont see whats the big complaints are about I mean really, the guy looks like captain America to me! what else do ya want?
Sanderman - 3/18/2012, 3:00 PM
i think the cowl and helmet will both be used
Cartoon22 - 3/18/2012, 3:02 PM
@Sanderman Yes i think so too and i prefer the cowl just look at how much better it looks.....




Coldblood6 - 3/18/2012, 3:03 PM
@ RainbowRider

I am not making any derogatory comments about you're critique. I found it very well written and intersting. I wish I had more of an appreciation of the things you spoke about, but I don't. You could very well be correct because I do believe the CE's body looks too small at times.

Thanx for an intelligent critique rather than the usual 'IT SUCKS' with nothing to back it up.
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