Some thoughts on Cap’s new costume
I rewatched the new trailer to take a look at the costume situation, and can’t QUITE decide if we’re looking at two or three costumes here. I’m like 80% sure it’s only two, but that second GIF where Steve is leaning over the table looks slightly different? Either that or he’s just wearing the same new uniform with the collar open in some way, obscuring the silver stripes on his shoulders.
Either way, Cap’s new uniform is a lot more subdued than the costume we see in The Avengers. For comparison, here’s what he looked like in 2012:
Not only has the colour scheme changed (the red is gone, and the blue is a far darker tone) but shape is different as well. There’s new armour and padding around the shoulders and chest (although yes, Chris Evans’ shoulder-to-waist ratio really IS that extreme), and — my favourite change — he’s been given proper boots again. His boots in Captain America: The First Avenger were basically just brown leather lace-up knee boots, but in The Avengers, his boots were bright red and looked like… this:
… although their admittedly silly appearance didn’t really matter because Cap, Loki and Thor’s boots were rarely visible except in motion. (Here’s my post about Cap’s costumes in The Avengers, BTW.) However, CA:TWS is evidently going to involve more close-up stunt scenes, meaning that Cap’s boots need to be more realistic. Getting decent GIFs of them was too difficult, but they have heavy treads like combat boots, zips up the back, and buckles.
Cap’s new uniform combines the SHIELD logo’s aesthetic (a stylised silver eagle) with his old stars-and-stripes imagery, resulting in wide silver stripes/SHIELD eagle wings across his chest and shoulders. They’re clearly aiming for a more practical/SHIELD-esque look, rather than his more superheroic costume from The Avengers — which, if you recall, was at least partially designed by Cap fanboy Phil Coulson. The only obvious nods back to the original 1940s uniform are the accessories: brown leather straps on the cowl, a brown leather harness for his shield (?) and brown leather fingerless gloves.
The uniform he wears in the other scenes looks like his antique costume from the 1940s, presumably taken out of storage or a museum somewhere. My guess would be that he puts on the old uniform specifically to confront Bucky and jog his memories. I note that they’ve purposefully mirrored the bridge scene from the first movie, with Bucky and Steve trying to reach each other across a metal walkway. :(( There are also certain similarities between Bucky’s Winter Soldier uniform and Cap’s new costume, which can’t possibly be a coincidence.