Actor Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (Captain America) in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Photo credit: Marvel.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

April 11, 2014

Marvel’s new comic-book superhero release, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” made headlines this week for breaking box office records as the biggest April debut ever. In the film, actor Chris Evans reprises his role as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, the soldier with unprecedented strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability and ability to heal.

At the onset of the film, Captain America has been living a quiet life in Washington D.C., attempting to adapt to life in present-day America. (For those unfamiliar with the character’s history in the Marvel films, he heroically crashed a plane full of Axis power weaponry in the Arctic during World War II, and was essentially frozen and preserved for 70 years. After he was located and revitalized, he was recruited to work under the special agency S.H.I.E.L.D.).

In “The Winter Soldier,” one of his S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues is attacked and he is forced out of his quiet routine to join forces with fellow Avenger the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). In the process, they team up with a new, third ally, The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to eventually combat the villainous Winter Soldier.

In addition to adjusting to his modern surroundings, Captain America is forced to get with the time, style-wise—in the film, his dated World War II uniform is retired to the Smithsonian, displayed as a sort of national artifact. The film’s Costume Designer, Judianna Makovsky, created a modernized suit which is darker so that it can be worn for night ops. She implemented red elements into the new costume, as well as a gray, to retain the effect the traditional red, white and blue palette of his former suit. The material used looks heavy, formidable and modern in contrast to the old one. “I had to have a fabric created that would still allow for aggressive movement but still make a more military garment…There is a new fighting style for Cap, and that needed to be accommodated,” the designer recently told the New York Daily News.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is now playing in theaters nationwide.


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