The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been in the works for a very long time. And when the team behind each film pick and choose each character, multiple ideas are drawn up and visualized using concept art to decide what would work best for that specific film. It’s also a way of getting to see what each actor would look like in different variations of a costume. And that’s the most captivating part of examining concept art, seeing all the ideas of the writers, designers and directors come to life in a picture.
Because a costume can become the center of a storyline, it can be the thing driving a hero or villain and it can even be the very thing selling the audience the film. So it’s important to get it right. But when it comes to superheroes, many of them have several iconic looks that it’s hard for the team behind the scenes to choose which one to go with — it’s fascinating to imagine what might’ve been. Some of these designs bring justice to mistreated villains, could have taken the story in a different way or just give us a costume we’ve never seen in live action before. Here are 16 alternate MCU concept costumes better than the original.
16. CAPTAIN AMERICA
During Civil War, Cap and the rest of his ‘Secret Avengers’ go on the run from the authorities and their fellow Avengers. And although Cap keeps his uniform during their fights, he was given another interesting look during the concept stage for the film. At first glance it’s just a black tactical suit with the Avengers logo on the chest, but looking closer, it’s actually a completely black version of the usual Captain America suit, without the overbearing star on his chest.
Although the lines on the suit could still be seen that way, and since we know that Steve has dropped the Captain America title, this suit would have been a great way of showing that. Leading the Secret Avengers as a black-ops group could have so much potential and it’s something we may see in Infinity War.
15. THE WINTER SOLDIER
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is undoubtedly one of the best movies in the MCU to date. It was a slick superhero blockbuster, with a spy thriller undertone that worked perfectly. That largely came down the use of Bucky Barnes as a Hydra agent known as the Winter Soldier. His metal arm looks relatively normal (as bionic arms go), in fact it wouldn’t look out of place on an Iron Man suit.
But this concept art by Andy Park showcased a version of the arm that looked highly intimidating and capable of heavy duty work. The bulky size of it really embraces the machinery attached to Bucky. Whilst his leather jacket is decorated with distinctive yellow stripes. The inclusion of goggles as a domino mask like what his comic counterpart sports is a neat touch.