"We've made some modifications to the uniform. I had a little design input."
"The uniform? Aren't the stars and stripes a little... old fashioned?"
"With everything that's happening, the things that are about to come to light, people might just need a little old fashioned."
Phil Coulson and Steve Rogers[src]

Captain America's Uniform were sets of uniforms used by Captain Steve Rogers which served as his outfit during his superhero exploits. Fitting in with his identity as Captain America, each costume had a design representative of America, including his stealth costume, which had a more subtle stars and stripes motif.

History

USO Costume

"You know for the longest time, I dreamed about coming overseas and being on the front lines. Serving my country. I finally get everything I wanted, and I'm wearing tights."
Steve Rogers[src]

Steve Rogers becomes the Captain America

Shortly following undergoing the procedure that turned him into a super soldier, Steve Rogers was denied the chance to serve on the battlefields of World War II. Instead, he was offered and accepted a position working with the USO, performing in stage shows to sell war bonds to promote the war. As part of his performance the USO created the image and identity of Captain America to serve as a mascot and symbol of pride for the American people to rally behind and increase support for the war-front. Captain Rogers wore this costume in a number of stage shows in cities across America, as well as in a number of other images and iconography, including a number of fictionalized film reels of "Captain America" leading troops in the war, to help increase morale. [1]

Original Field Uniform

"You're keeping the outfit, right?"
"You know what? It's kind of growing on me."
Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers[src]

Captain America's original uniform was an ad hoc uniform adapted from the costume that he wore in his USO productions. To make the costume less conspicuous and more combat worthy, Steve borrowed the "A" helmet from one of the Star Spangled Singers along with a combat leather jacket, pants, boots and googles. He used it in his mission to save Bucky Barnes and a battalion of P.O.W.s that had been captured by HYDRA.[1]

Strategic Scientific Reserve Field Uniform

"I had some ideas about the uniform."
"Whatever you want, pal."
Steve Rogers and Howard Stark[src]

Captain America's second uniform was made by Howard Stark. The uniform was made of a carbon polymer flame-resistant jackeet, a pair of custom fitted blue-dyed paratrooper trousers, a bulletproof helmet with a wings motif, rigged combat gloves for extra grip, a utility belt and a handgun holster, combined with with a shield of vibranium for Captain America to protect himself from gunfire.[2]

Captain America used the shield and wore the uniform in all of his attacks on enemy facilities and other missions. He had the shield with him when he crashed in the Arctic Circle and was frozen. Nearly 70 years later, S.H.I.E.L.D. stumbled across the crash site of Captain America's plane. He was found alive, wearing the suit.[1]

First Avengers Uniform

"Ugh, Mr. Rogers. I almost forgot that that suit did nothing for your ass."
Tony Stark to Captain America[src]

Steve Rogers looking at his new uniform

S.H.I.E.L.D. created a new uniform for Captain America's return, with Phil Coulson providing certain design inputs, feeling an "old fashioned" appearance was needed to inspire others.[3] The suit was a more streamlined version of Captain America's SSR uniform, incorporating a high-tech blast resistant stretch fabric serving as body armor.[2]

When Captain America was called to join the Avengers, he was given the suit, and they were able to take Loki into custody. Rogers donned the suit during his entire stay on the Helicarrier, and continued wearing the suit during the Chitauri attack on New York City. During the Battle of New York, Captain America survived a Chitauri energy blast to the abdomen at close range, with no evident penetration.[3]

After the Chitauri Invasion, Captain America wore the suit for his public service announcement videos.[4] A year later, Loki conjured an illusion of the suit for himself while disguising himself as Captain America.[5]

After being tasked with traveling back in time to 2012 as part of the Time Heist, Captain America wore the suit during the Theft of the Mind Stone in order to disguise himself as his 2012 counterpart. He then fought his 2012 self, who was also wearing the same suit. Captain America then wore the suit when he and Tony Stark time-traveled to April 7, 1970. Planning to infiltrate Camp Lehigh, Captain America removed the suit and instead donned a U.S. Army uniform, and abandoned the suit in the alternate 1970 timeline.[6]

Another version of the suit was produced and displayed at a museum after Steve Rogers' retirement.[7]

STRIKE Stealth Uniform

Captain America's fourth uniform was a stealth uniform, given to him by S.H.I.E.L.D. for secret missions. The suit was a navy blue, utilitarian-style suit with a Kevlar-based ballistic component that could protect Captain America but at the same time function like a military black-ops uniform. It was used to retake command of the Lemurian Star and to escape from the Triskelion.[8]

After the events of the Infinity War, Steve Rogers used this uniform in the mission to the Garden, in order to retrieve the Infinity Stones.[6]

Smithsonian Golden Age Uniform

"If you're gonna fight a war, you gotta wear a uniform."
Steve Rogers[src]

Captain America retrieved a costume inspired by his World War II outfit from a display at the Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution in a hall paying tribute to Captain America. It was used in the climactic battle which took place at the Triskelion.[8]

Second Avengers Uniform

"That's all set up, boss."
"Actually, he's the boss. I just pay for everything and make everyone look cooler."
Maria Hill and Tony Stark[src]

This uniform was designed by Tony Stark, who provided equipment for the Avengers. The design is similar to his STRIKE Stealth Uniform, retaining some of its stealthy features, but returning to the red-white-and-blue color pattern.

One of its improvements is a series has strong electromagnetic panels on each of the gloves that allows Captain America to retrieve his shield more easily and attach it to the forearm. It is also more durable than his previous uniforms, being capable of withstanding repulsor blasts.[9]

Third Avengers Uniform

Captain America adopted a modified version of his second Avengers uniform as the leader of a new team of Avengers. The suit is more heavily armored than the previous one, and dispensed with the electromagnets, re-adopting the more traditional straps.[10]

He later removed the Avengers logos on his shoulders following the ratification of the Sokovia Accords.[11]

Steve Rogers went on the run. While in hiding, he removed the star from the center of his uniform and disposed of his helmet. Eventually, the entire suit was dirtied into a slightly darker color with more rips around the center, exposing the chain mail/linked scales underneath the outfit.[12]

Fourth Avengers Uniform

Five years after the Snap, Captain America used a much newer uniform that resembled his last one, which had the chain mail/linked scales on it; however, the scales were now exposed, unlike the last one, where it was hidden under the outfit. He later used it during the attack on the New Avengers Facility and their final battle against Thanos and his army.

Captain America then wore the uniform under his Advanced Tech Suit during his trip back in time to return Mjølnir and the six Infinity Stones. Completing his task, he traveled to the 1940s, where he removed the uniform before reuniting with Peggy Carter, presumably ultimately discarding the suit in his new alternate timeline.[6]

Appearances

Appearances for Captain America's Uniform

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Uniforms

Trivia

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