Captain Marvel’s Outfits Were References to Comic Book Costumes

One aspect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe probably not gaining enough respect by viewers is the costumes. Thanks to budgets being no obstacle now, Marvel can go all out on creating the most elaborate costumes possible. Most of them are eye-popping rather than unintentionally funny.

As usual, the influence of the costumes comes directly from the comic books. For Captain Marvel, in particular, fans are starting to note how many nods her costumes have with the comics. Some designs are a bit of a mish-mash from the character when under different names.

How close did Marvel come to getting the costumes right to appease comic book purists? On places like Reddit, comparison photos were put in place to prove how accurate the details were.

The comic book costumes Captain Marvel wore were varied

Brie Larson on the red carpet
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Back when Captain Marvel came out last year, media analysts did deep dives into the costumes the comic book version of the character wore over the years. Of course, with some generations knowing Captain Marvel as a man, it might surprise them to know Carol Danvers managed to have her own comic book stories.

Keep in mind, in the comics, part of this consisted of Carol Danvers being known as Ms. Marvel. Eventually, this became a bit of an outdated way to designate a woman superhero, if distinguishing her from male counterparts.

Her costumes evolved over time as the character developed. As a result, the film took a little from each costume, in some cases making their own based on the basic comic book designs.

First of these is the red Ms. Marvel costume, something Screen Rant shows needed an upgrade. As fans noticed, the yellow star in the middle of Ms. Marvel’s chest was used in Captain Marvel for the big screen.

Other Captain Marvel costumes taking from the comic books

After the Ms. Marvel costume was phased out, the character become more full-fledged with her iconic black and gold suit. Another part of this was the golden lightning bolt, something never used in the Captain Marvel film.

Regardless, Carol Danvers does have a variation costume. Yes, she uses the black and gold, yet keeps the gold star on her chest rather than using the lightning bolt. Logo consistency was obviously at play in the film to avoid any loyalty confusion.

On Reddit, fans note all the costume similarities and differences. Said one fan: “I love the Captain Marvel suit and fully understand why they have abandoned the Ms. Marvel one. But I admit that I would like to see an adaptation of the suit that I spent my entire childhood seeing the character wear, it would be a good nostalgia.”

If true a few Ms. Marvel outfits were a bit odd, catering to the comic book fans will never be completely turned off by Marvel. One could still easily argue the Binary outfit worn by Ms. Marvel is easily the worst of the costumes in the comic book years. It ultimately made a brief appearance in the movie.

What kind of costumes will Captain Marvel wear in future movies?


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The expectation is that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel will wear the red and blue suit (based on Mar-Vell’s costume) in the next film. Since her character will likely be more evolved and focused squarely on her, perhaps a little of all the old comic book costumes will make appearances.

One likely not to return is the now infamous Kree uniform seen by Captain Marvel in the film, something containing numerous symbolism per CBR. As fans probably noticed, it was merely the same as her regular suit, albeit being a sea green and blue color combination.

From all appearances, the Captain Marvel star on her chest will become the standard. Maybe the colors will change gradually, especially if Captain Marvel takes a greater role in creating the A-Force.