So, I’m starting a special series of rankings this month to celebrate the release of “Avengers: Infinity War.” Originally, the film was supposed to open in early May, right around my birthday in fact. Alas, the studio opted to change the date to April 27.
Because it’s coming in April, though, I’m going to dedicate this great spring month (that has still blanketed Minnesota in snow) to the most anticipated film of the year. My first ranking is going to be about all of the Avengers’ uniforms, listing from worst to best.
13. Tie – Drax/Rocket
So, I’m not including the Hulk in this list, the dude just wears ripped pants. That’s not much of a uniform. Drax, on the other hand, also wears pants, and they actually have utility sections for his blades. Still, they’re just pants.
I lumped Rocket in, too, as he has a full body uniform, but it’s pretty basic.
Vision is a neat character but his uniform doesn’t do much for me. The cape is pretty cool, although why Vision needs a cape I’m not sure. The suit, though, is just dull, both in color and design.
11. Tie – Black Widow/Hawkeye/Gamora
Another tie, as I lumped together the characters with spy-like uniforms. All of them are slick, stylish and straight-forward. Black Widow’s and Hawkeye’s really work, too, thanks to the components that enhance their abilities.
10. Tie – StarLord/Scarlett Witch/Falcon
Each of these characters have uniforms that are pretty straight forward, like the previous heroes, but they also have things that set them apart.
Star-Lord, for example, has the cool jacket working for him, but what really makes the uniform come together is the helmet. The design is a bit different than your average space helmet and the red eyes really makes it special.
Scarlett Witch, meanwhile, seems to have had her costume specifically made to match her powers. Like Dr. Strange, Scarlett Witch has a uniform that matches so well with the color and style of her powers.
Falcon should be pretty obvious. His uniform is very much like that of Black Widow and Hawkeye. However, Falcon has the advanced flight capabilities thanks to his wings and jet pack.
Like Star-Lord, Ant-Man’s suit is really brought together by the cool helmet. The red eyes give off some intimidation while the helmet itself is modern, but with some touches of old-school B movies. The rest of the suit is pretty superhero standard, but it has enough gadgets to set itself apart, too.
As if his stature and hammer weren’t enough intimidation, Thor, the God of Thunder, also has a pretty kick-ass uniform.
Looking more like an ancient warrior than a superhero, Thor’s uniform is complete with armor making him appear ready for battle and a red cape that reminds audiences of his royal heritage.
Thor maybe looked best in his third film “Ragnarok,” though, with the suit looking more imposing once he learned to control lightning at will.
7. War Machine
Yes, at first glance, War Machine appears just like an Iron Man, but grey, yet I think there’s enough going on here. First of all, the grey look shows the difference between the personalities of James Rhodes and Tony Stark.
Rhodes, who pilots War Machine, is a soldier. His main priority is completing a mission, and he’s less concerned with the look than Stark is. From that sense, it’s a great contrast when compared to the more colorful Iron Man. This is also shown in War Machine’s weapons, who uses more basic, straight forward weapons than the more advanced, space-age stuff that Stark has.
It’s simple, but it fits the character so well and despite being a dull color, War Machine looks downright awesome, especially thanks to that Gatling gun.
The one time he didn’t look good is when the suit was remodeled as the Iron Patriot. It seemed so random that they made this change, and the filmmakers seemed to agree, since they switched back to War Machine soon after.
6. Doctor Strange
Strange’s uniform by the end of his first film was perfect. He had a mystical cloak with somewhat of a mind of its own, a costume that fit with his look as a magical master and the Time Stone as a pendant to bring it all together.
5. Black Panther
The Black Panther costume was already cool when it first appeared in “Captain America: Civil War.” However, it made a huge jump for me in the “Black Panther” film, when it showed off the energy absorbing mechanic. This gave Black Panther a tremendous advantage in battle, being able to take attacks against him and blast them back.
On top of the combat component, the energy absorbing ability creates a purple glow in various parts of his suit, which really makes the uniform pop more than before.
4. Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier looked so great when he first appeared. When first spotted by Captain America, he was incredibly intimidating. The shiny metallic arm being the perfect contrast to his spy uniform, the mask that only covered his mouth, allowing viewers to still see his menacing eyes, and even the subtle red star giving a bit of identity, all added to a great uniform.
All of these aspects were seen in the 2014 film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Since coming back to the good side in the series, Winter Soldier has dropped some of that initial look, and he is a bit less foreboding than before. He’s still pretty cool, but hasn’t topped his first appearance.
3. Captain America
Cap’s uniform has changed throughout the series and every time it has worked well. The one worn in his first film, for example, included the classic look, but was remodeled to include World War II era armor and utility belts. His uniform in “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” meanwhile, also kept classic looks, but updated it with a more sleek design for his spy missions.
The best look Cap has had so far was his uniform in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” It was the perfect balance, having the classics including the star and stripes, while also being modified with advanced gear, such as a gauntlet that could magnetically recover his shield. It was intimidating, but still symbolized the character’s good nature.
The only look that was a bit rough was his costume in “The Avengers.” It didn’t look all that bad, but the helmet didn’t really work and the base blue color was too bright. Seeing it in action, though, was still a treat.
The Spider-Man uniform has always worked well, the red and blue balancing in great fashion. The uniform featured in the 2000s “Spider-Man” films (not part of Marvel Studios), was already a favorite of mine, but the newer movies in the Marvel Universe gave it a boost.
Thanks to Tony Stark’s technology, the Spider-Man suit is equipped with much more than it ever has been on screen. Also, while the red and blue is still prominent, more black has been added to the mix for a more unique, modern look.
1. Iron Man
How could I not go with the Iron Man suit worn by Tony Stark. The uniform has style thanks to its shiny red and gold colors, while the mask/helmet gives a subtle look that’s intimidating. The first time the mask came down in the 2008 movie when Stark was suiting up is burned in a lot of Marvel fans’ memories, for good reason.
Along with looking great and having so many different weapons and gadgets, I believe another reason why the Iron Man suit work so well is because it’s the one uniform we saw get designed. In the original film, we saw how Stark got the original idea, how he designed it to make it slick and functional. Then, finally, the audience was shown how Stark came up with the iconic color. It’s all brought together by the chest plate which contains the arc reactor power source, which makes the suit all the more visually appealing.
Now, in all fairness, the suit hasn’t looked great in all the films. I actually didn’t care for the design in “Iron Man 3” which had too much gold without any shine. For the most part, though, it’s been consistently cool.