Captain America’s Costume Isn’t The Avengers’ Worst

Captain America's Costume Isn't The Avengers' Worst

Chris Evans revealed that he believed Captain America’s costume to be the worst among those of the Avengers’, but here’s why it actually isn’t.

Chris Evans might have recently revealed his true feelings towards Captain America’s costume, ranking it poorly among the Avengers’ – but it’s definitely not the worst. Being the first Avenger to appear chronologically, Captain America has donned many different outfits through the years. While some were truer to the comics’ versions than others, Captain America’s costumes managed to change quite a lot without losing the ability to be recognizable for what Rogers stood for as a character across the first three phases of the MCU.

Captain America’s costume in Avengers: Endgame was only the final version of many revisions through the years. Captain America’s first costume in Captain America: The First Avenger was used only to raise morale during World War II, but the same movie also introduced Cap’s first serviceable costume, more toned down in its colors and era-appropriate in its style. Captain America’s Avengers costume blended both styles, with the colors’ vibrance reminiscent of Cap’s non-usable costume and Rogers’ second costume’s usability in combat. The subsequent appearances of Evans’ Captain America in the MCU showed a costume that became even darker and more rugged in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, where Cap’s costume’s colors were more subdued than in the past, reaching peak darkness in Avengers: Infinity War, where Cap’s costume’s color changes were almost imperceptible. Finally, Avengers: Age of Ultron’s version of Captain America’s costume was slightly brighter and bluer, and Avengers: Endgame had Captain America’s costume regaining some of its flashier attributes both in color and style, especially in the way its armor highlighted the star at the center of Cap’s chest.

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In a video feature with LADbible TV, Evans admitted Captain America’s costume was the worst, especially compared to the other Avengers’ ones. While Evans’ reasoning isn’t necessarily faulty, his conclusions forget how iconic Rogers’ costume is. Not only does it change a lot through the years without losing its distinctness, but Captain America’s costume also manages to hint at the movie’s themes it appears in and their depth. So while other Avengers’ may have flashier or more functional costumes, Captain America’s isn’t the worst, as it suits the character and the stories he’s in.

Which Avenger Really Has The Worst Costume?

If an Avenger’s costume were to be considered the worst, it wouldn’t be Cap’s but Hawkeye’s superhero outfit. Besides 2022’s Hawkeye costume, Clint Barton’s (Jeremy Renner) previous ensembles were almost interchangeable, bland, and largely unrecognizable. Granted, Barton’s backstory as a spy in the MCU could have explained Barton’s penchant for blending in rather than standing out. Still, he was an Avenger as much as the others, and their costumes had upgrades through the years that made them even more interesting. Contrarily, Hawkeye’s costume started to show character only as it was reimagined by Missy, the NYC LARPer who helped Clint and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) by sewing them new costumes in Disney+’s Hawkeye.

Chris Evans’ views on Captain America’s costume are entirely valid as they are based on his personal preferences, which cannot be up for discussion. Still, if one were to think about the impact it had in the MCU, and even in popular culture, Captain America’s costume wouldn’t be the one to fall short. Personal preferences aside, Hawkeye’s costume before 2022’s Hawkeye was the one among the Avengers’ that didn’t really leave a mark, while Captain America’s costume is nothing short of iconic, making it far from the worst Avengers costume in the MCU.

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Antonella Gugliersi (she/them) is a feature writer for Screen Rant. While studying for her bachelor’s in a completely unrelated subject, they started writing about movies and TV shows for an Italian online publication. After a brief internship at TPI, she decided she wanted to pursue journalism and graduated with a degree in International Journalism from Brunel University. They tend to like blockbuster movies and indie films alike, depending on the mood. Her all-time favorite TV shows are Sense8 and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, in which they find comfort when all else fails, and she believes sitcoms to be the cure for all ills. Star Wars and the MCU have dominated years of their life. When she’s not writing or working as a barista, she spends time with her cats, dining out, or at the theatre, where they favor plays over musicals, although musicals won her over in the last couple of years.

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