By Scott Tre
New photos have emerged from the set of Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger, at long last revealing the costume of America's most patriotic superhero in all its freedom fighting glory. The design is obviously based on The Ultimates iteration of the character, looking like something that would be much more functional on the battlefield than Cap's original costume. Caps shield has all of the appropriate scars, scuffs and dings. It reminds me of George Lucas observation that the future should look "used". In this case a rather futuristic suit is placed in past and given a "lived in" look. It gives the impression that the Captain America of this film earns his pay. The bulky physique of Chris Evans stunt double gives us little to no idea of how the costume will look on Chris Evans himself.
The pics of HYDRA agents on motorcycles for some reason recall the bike chase in Indiana Jones : The Last Crusade, suggesting that at least this portion of the film might be shooting for a Spielbergian feel. The HYDRA agents themselves look like they should be packaged and sold as part of Hasbro's G.I. Joe toy line from the 1980's. The films of Joe Johnston have always had a retro feel which should be well suited to laying out Captain America's origin. All in all, things seem to be shaping up nicely. The bitter memories of the 1990 Captain America adaptation and the 1970's television film beg to be erased from the collective fanboy consciousness. That such an old fashioned and arguably hokey superhero might be successfully adapted into a modern blockbuster shows just how far superhero films have come over the last few decades.