First Look: Captain America

Credit for the first full look at Chris Evans in his WWII Captain America costume from Captain America: The First Avenger goes to Entertainment Weekly, which also got us access to the initial glimpses of the costume.

As before, I am totally thrilled with the look of this costume. Sure, it varies from Cap’s classic comic-book look, but it’s done in ways that make sense. And the look isn’t all that different from the Ultimate Universe version of Cap. It’s functional, but it is also fanciful enough to be a superhero costume.

Here’s the synopsis of the film:

In 1942, Steve Rogers is deemed too physically unfit to enlist in the U.S. Army and fight the Nazis in World War II. Volunteering instead for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation, he is physically transformed into a super-soldier dubbed Captain America. With sidekick Bucky Barnes, he fights the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a seemingly magical object known as the Tesseract

If you’re a fan of the Captain America comic books, you’re more familiar with the “Tesseract” as the Cosmic Cube. Why did they change the name? Perhaps they thought it sounded campy? Tesseract sounds technical, but it won’t stick in the mind of the average fan as easily as the colorful Cosmic Cube.

Captain America: The First Avenger opens July 22.