Following Tuesday night's announcement of Captain America: Steve Rogers, Marvel has released two pieces of concept art by Daniel Acuna focusing on the new costume and shield.
"Cap’s redesign has actually been created by the magnificent Daniel Acuña, and it truly is an incredible design," said series artist Jesus Saiz. "It’s very modern, and at the same time perfectly identifiable as Captain America at first glance. It has all the classic elements you’d expect to find in the character’s suit, but updated in a very clever way."
As Steve Rogers won't be replacing Sam Wilson but standing alongside him as multiple Captain Americas, the elder superhero stateesman has let his former sidekick keep the iconic shield in favor of a new one -- that is a call-back to his original.
"And the greatest part [is] the shield, indeed!" said Saiz. "Its shape is similar to the original shield Cap had back in the 1940’s, the pointy one, but this one has two main innovations: its tip can deploy an “energy blade” so Cap can cut into things, and the shield can be divided in two, so Steve can use both halves, one with each arm. Both modifications will help us see a completely different set of moves for Captain America, moves that we [have] never seen Steve use before, in terms of hand-to-hand combat."
Saiz admits that redesigning a classic character such as Captain America will be controversial, but has faith in Daniel Acuna's design and what he's tasked to do in the upcoming Captain America: Steve Rogers series.