I’ve always loved Captain America, but I really love Movie Cap. The movies easily make him my favorite Avenger. Both Cap movies are fantastic and he’s great in Avengers to boot. The characterization is so spot on to me that it immediately reminds me that DC has no chance of getting Superman right – the folks behind that movie don’t understand Supes like the Marvel folks get Cap. The writing and acting just have him nailed down. He’s probably the character I’m most looking forward to seeing this weekend.
The only thing I don’t love about Cap through all these movies? The costume. Hawkeye & Black Widow lean spy. Thor can coast on otherworldly opulence. Iron Man’s got it easy. Hulk’s got it easier. But Cap? They’ve really struggled to get the red, white, & blue on screen. The “Golden Age” costume was okay, but it was really bulky and stuck out in the fight scenes (the Rescue Outfit rocked though). The modern Avengers costume is… just best not talked about. I do love the Stealth suit from Cap2, but I still needed that classic fix.
With Age of Ultron, I think they have it. The new iteration really just takes that winning stealth suit design and puts some of the colors back into it. It looks great in the trailers. If I can swing the Hot Toy… well, I’ll swing it and I’ve already snatched up the Marvel Legend (a little too quickly actually, but we’ll get to that).
The figure is mostly a reuse of the Stealth Strike suit released in the Mandroid wave. It doesn’t matter, because it works. The only piece Hasbro needed to readdress was the torso and they did that by giving it an all-new sculpt. Again, I don’t know how accurate that makes the gloves or the boots, but I don’t think I’ll get that hung up on noticing if there is a minor inaccuracy after I’ve seen the film.
The only thing on the sculpt I don’t like is the head. Now that we’ve got most of the Avengers figures looking like their on-screen counterparts, I was hoping for Cap to get an update. Tony’s open mask head could be better, but it does look like him. Black Widow & Hawkeye are spot on. The new Hulk is good and Thor is recognizable. But Cap? I’m just not seeing it. Masked or unmasked. And, yes, these are the exact same heads from the Stealth versions, so it’s really just unfortunate they didn’t prioritize better noggins. Continue to Page 2…