Badass concept art for Captain America's new costume change

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Dec 17, 2012

Think you look cool in your Doc Martens and camo cargo shorts? Take a peek at what Steve Rogers may be sporting in the next-generation Marvel pages. Bondage and biker gear must be in style this fashion season, and the First Avenger makes it look too good.

These early concept designs for the crisp threads come from the creative hands of Jerome Opena and John Cassaday. The two artists will be instrumental when Marvel unleashes its Marvel NOW! creative refresh campaign for the Avengers and Uncanny Avengers series. The first stages of the choreographed relaunch begin this October. Cap deserves a tough new suit for the special occasion, don't you agree?

Here's what Marvel editor Tom Brevoort had to say on the grittier combat look ...

"The approach and the thought was very simple: we wanted to modernize Cap's outfit so as to reflect the gear worn by actual soldiers, to convey that sense of the character visually. Every costume design change is really change for change's sake, and certainly Cap's costume is a classic. But that said, it's been updated before, and so long as what we ended up with still looked like and gave you the silhouette of Captain America, that was what was important to me. We just did years of stories in which Bucky wore a variant of Cap's costume, and people were able to accept it just fine, and still recognize and react to him as Captain America. What we were really going for, more than anything, was the feeling of Cap being an actual soldier. At the outset, I did some research and collected a bunch of different photographs of modern military gear, helmets and what-have-you, and they all informed the design we eventually settled on."

What do you think of the upgraded wardrobe? Is Captain America out of style here or still the first with the most?

(via Comic Book Movie)