After years of anticipation, Avengers: Infinity War has finally arrived. Billed as the greatest event in comic-book movie history, it certainly took the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to a whole new level. Visually, it’s one of the most stunning marvels (pardon the pun) we’ve seen in modern cinema, which left us breathless and in awe. While it relied heavily on CGI, it’s evident that this wasn’t some Mickey Mouse VFX studio involved and the results were outstanding (well, it should be for a reported cost of $400 million). We like to think of Avengers: Infinity War as the WrestleMania of the MCU, in terms of the grandeur and production value.
Much like with anything in life, though, it wasn’t all roses and sunflowers – especially in the costume department. Some of the heroes and villains looked great in their threads, while the others were about as dashing as a Dachshund rolling in the mud. In some instances, the same motif from previous movies was utilized, which could be either a bad or good thing depending on how you feel about the original costumes. So, let’s get to it and take a gander at who had the best (and worst) costumes in Avengers: Infinity War.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.
20. BEST: IRON MAN
It’s safe to say that whether he’s dressed in business-casual attire or as Iron Man, Tony Stark always looks good – and Avengers: Infinity War is no exception to the rule. As you may recall in Iron Man 3, Stark removed the arc reactor, which powered his suit and kept him alive, from his chest since he no longer needed it. In the latest MCU epic, he has a new electromagnet installed in his chest, which he tells Pepper Potts is just an insurance policy in case the world goes bad again.
As it turns out, it’s a good thing that he did plan ahead.
This new device of his powers nanotech that allows the suit to generate and regenerate on Stark’s body. In the past, if the likes of Hulk had smashed his helmet in, Stark would need to pray to Odin that he avoided another headshot until he got back to his workshop. This isn’t an issue anymore since his suit can repair itself on the go. It’s rather nifty, considering how he spent most of his time in space in this past movie. The nanotech has also brought with it some slick, new weapons for Stark to experiment with in combat.
19. WORST: THANOS
Seeing all the teasers for Avengers: Infinity War, one of the most worrying elements was that all the footage of Thanos featured him without his recognized battle armor and helmet. After all, his costume is part of Marvel history and it would be akin to Iron Man without the iron suit. Unfortunately, this concern was merited, as we only saw the Mad Titan in full costume for an insignificant portion of the film. The rest of the time it appeared like he was wearing slacks and lounging around like Two and a Half Men‘s Charlie Harper.
It’s easy to spot that the Russos found visual inspiration for Thanos from Gladiator‘s Maximus. They probably thought this would symbolically portray him as a more timeless and competent warrior. Sadly, this also created the biggest logic problem at the end of the film when the Mad Titan tells Thor he should’ve gone for the head. It doesn’t make sense why the God of Thunder didn’t aim for the head in the first place, especially if it was exposed. All good fighters are taught to go for the vulnerable spots of an opponent. If Thanos had worn his helmet, it probably would’ve made more sense why Thor didn’t go for that body part.
18. BEST: SPIDER-MAN
Technically, Spider-Man should’ve received his new threads in Captain America: Civil War. Considering it was his debut in the MCU, though, it’s understandable why the Russos didn’t go wild with their introduction of the Web-Slinger in their film. Still, the Iron Spider was teased at the conclusion of Spider-Man: Homecoming, even if we didn’t know it was the Iron Spider itself because of the color scheme. If you recall in the comic book Civil War, the costume was a bright red and gold, complete with the waldoes (spider-arms) and the latest tech.
Much like the comics, Stark was responsible for Spidey’s new suit here.
However, this time Peter Parker didn’t have a choice if he wanted it or not, as Stark instructed his AI to send the suit to the dangling teenager who was in need of help. The Web-Head wasn’t too perturbed, though, commenting on how the suit had a new car smell. Additionally, thanks to Lego’s affinity for spoiling absolutely everything, we all knew the waldoes were coming, and it didn’t take too long to see Parker use them. Fortunately, the new spider-arms were used sparingly in the film, or else we wouldn’t know if he was Spider-Man or Doctor Octopus.
17. WORST: CAPTAIN AMERICA
After the amount of nonsense that the DCEU received because of Superman’s dark blue costume, it would be hypocritical to not point out the exact same thing about Captain America’s attire in Avengers: Infinity War. Granted, he’s supposedly no longer America’s favorite hero, but his recent attraction to dark colors is about as edgy as the Joker’s “damaged” tattoo. The question is, is the costume really that dark or hasn’t he washed it in a while? If it’s the latter, that’s pretty gross, man.
While everyone is raving about the longer hair and beard, let’s be honest here: Thor’s scruffier style is much better. Sure, the facial hair makes Steve Rogers appear much stronger than the average man (which he already is), but wouldn’t it have been even cooler to see this look with his helmet on? Speaking of his previous attire, the star-spangled shield is gone, as per the events of Captain America: Civil War, and Black Panther has given him two Wakandan shields as a replacement. Truth be told, Rogers now looks like a character out of 1989’s Golden Axe and not the recognizable hero of before. Cap without the trademark shield is like Superman without the cape – you just don’t do it.
16. BEST: THOR
Thor’s absence in Captain America: Civil War was worrying. While he’s one of the most powerful heroes in all of Marvel Comics, his MCU appeal was waning quick and fast. Fortunately, Thor: Ragnarok reinvigorated the character and gave him a new lease on life. No longer was he the bland, handsome guy in the Avengers, but he was now also the true OP God of Thunder – plus, the Walter Simonson-inspired comedic stance really helped his profile. His Avengers: Infinity War look took cues from his previous appearance, keeping the same costume and guise (including his eye patch).
Luckily for Thor, his newest BFF, Rabbit (aka Rocket), organized him a new eye, so he has two fully functional ones (for now).
For those still mourning the loss of his mighty hammer, Mjolnir (R.I.P.), the God of Thunder has a brand-new weapon to cause havoc – and boy, does it cause some serious carnage. Crafted by the master forger Eitri, Stormbreaker is an ax that almost single-handedly destroyed Thanos’ Outriders army in Wakanda. That battle scene alone was worth the admission price of the movie three times over. Furthermore, if Thor had been smarter and smashed Stormbreaker into Thanos’ head, we wouldn’t need Avengers 4.
15. WORST: BLACK WIDOW
The only major change in Black Widow’s look was the color of her hair from red to blonde. Look, it’s not really important, because she probably didn’t have time to dye her hair while she was dodging the government after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Still, it’s disappointing to see that she didn’t receive a bigger makeover in this movie. While most of the other Avengers have had upgrades or aesthetic changes, Natasha Romanoff just went from Black Widow to Black Canary with the hair color. Okay, we’re kidding there, but seriously, does Marvel even care about this character at this point?
There’s another thing that bothers us. Black Panther gave a new arm to Bucky Barnes and a pair of shields to Cap, so why did he ignore Romanoff and give her nothing? She literally went to war against an alien army with regular weapons, while everyone got cool, new gear to protect themselves. What’s up with that, T’Challa? Credit to her where it’s due, because she stayed alive and took down those thugs with her guile and prowess, but why doesn’t anyone like her enough to give her some high-tech weapons? Poor Romanoff’s only true friend seems to be Hawkeye.
14. BEST: DOCTOR STRANGE
Besides the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch missed a good chunk of the shooting due to The Current War‘s scheduling conflicts, Doctor Strange looked better than ever in Avengers: Infinity War. For this, the Russos owe a huge thank you to actor Aaron Lazar, who was Cumberbatch’s stand-in for when he wasn’t on set. There wasn’t a radical change or redesign to Strange’s outfit, and it proved to be a good decision by all the parties involved.
Ultimately, Strange is one of the most comic-accurate characters in the MCU, so there’s no point in messing with a winning formula here.
One of the best parts about his costume was his levitating cape, which had a mind of its own à la the magic carpet in Aladdin. We’d seen some of the magic potential of his outfit on display in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange, but the Russos pulled out all the stops to show that Strange’s clothing isn’t only for aesthetics but also serves a practical purpose. That said, his costume housed one of the most important Infinity Stones of them all: the Time Stone. So, it goes without saying that his gear was probably the most important of the lot – except for maybe Vision’s head.
13. WORST: BRUCE BANNER
One of the most disappointing characters in Avengers: Infinity War was Bruce Banner. We got to see him transform into the Hulk in the opening minutes and clash with the Mad Titan, but then he had performance issues for the rest of the film. Maybe the producers ran out of money for all of the Hulk’s expensive CGI and said stuff it? Jokes aside, advertising the Hulk and then keeping him out of the battlefield is quite the cop-out here, so hopefully the big, green monster returns to the fold in Avengers 4, or we might have some angry fans leaving the cinema.
What we received instead was Banner dressed in his middle-aged clothing for the bulk of proceedings, and then taking the controls of the Hulkbuster armor for the Wakanda action scene. Now, while we enjoyed watching the Hulk and Iron Man in the Hulkbuster do some damage to downtown Johannesburg in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the appeal of the armor wasn’t as great in this film. It’s likely due to the fact that we’ve seen it all before and we were swerved with the marketing for this film, which showed the Hulk alongside Cap, Black Widow, and the Wakandan army.
12. BEST: BLACK PANTHER
A few fans were left disappointed by the lack of minutes that Black Panther had in Avengers: Infinity War. Considering he just had his own solo film and the necessity to include an abundance of characters into one movie, however, we should’ve tempered our expectations and been more realistic about his screen time. That said, what we did see of T’Challa was worthwhile and a fantastic continuation of where Black Panther left us back in February. If anything, we saw more of an emphasis on T’Challa’s agility versus raw power in the Wakandan fight scene.
It would’ve been interesting had they chosen to display an alternate costume for Black Panther.
The Russos used Ruth Carter’s costume design for the character, keeping in line with what we’d seen a few months earlier in Ryan Coogler’s box-office-crushing picture. However, it would’ve been interesting had they chosen to display an alternate costume for Black Panther, which had been designed by artist Ryan Meinerding. Posted on his Twitter account, Meinderding revealed a slightly different look to the hero, with droopier ears and a more catlike face. While it didn’t make the final cut of the film, elements of it were used for Killmonger’s Panther outfit. Nonetheless, you can’t fault the current Black Panther design. If it works, don’t mess with it.
11. WORST: WAR MACHINE
Remember how excited we all were to see James Rhodes become War Machine in the Iron Man film series? Well, it’s gotten a little old now and the excitement has evaporated. Apart from his tragic fall in Captain America: Civil War, Rhodey is on the periphery of things and has become one of the dullest heroes in the MCU. Why is he even an Avenger at this point? Unfortunately, the insipid nature of the character has spread to his costume design as well. It’s not bad, per say, but it’s frankly boring. There’s nothing new or fresh here to his design (bar a little red here and there), and it’s more of the same old from before.
Moreover, Stark is a pretty terrible friend when you think of it. He designed a fantastic, new nanotech suit for himself, and Spider-Man, but not for Rhodey? For someone who’s supposed to be his best friend, Stark seems more concerned about himself and a kid from Queens than a man who could’ve done with this technology before his accident. While everyone else is getting a new suit or upgrade, Rhodey is still stuck with his PlayStation 2 processor and power in his rusted armor. Why does Stark do this to him?
10. BEST: ROCKET
Look, we’re just gonna come out and say it: Rocket rules. There’s no way that this fluffy creature could feature on the worst list even if he dressed like Family Matters‘ Steve Urkel. Luckily, he doesn’t. He dresses rather sparingly, which is okay since he has a lot of fur to keep him warm and decent. At the same time, he carries a few, little surprises around with him, such as a new eye for Thor. Why he had it at hand might seem a bit convenient for narrative purposes, but he is a raccoon after all and these animals tend to collect all sorts of junk.
The events of Avengers: Infinity War leave Rocket in a precarious position.
All his Guardians of the Galaxy teammates are dead after Thanos’ finger snap. He’s the sole survivor, meaning that he has to assume leadership of the team. Of course we all know that his friends will find a way back to reality for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but it’s up to the little rascal to steady the ship as its official captain now. Could this mean a newer costume for him in Avengers 4, too? Anything is possible in the MCU.
9. WORST: SCARLET WITCH
It’s a little difficult to translate comic-book costumes to the big screen. In fact, Bryan Singer rejected the whole yellow and blue spandex in X-Men and gave the heroes some black leather suits instead, even if Matthew Vaughn showed it is possible to make the outfits classy and accurate in X-Men: First Class. Still, you can’t help but yearn for something a little more resembling the original costume in the case of Scarlet Witch. There’s nothing that indicates Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff is the same character as the famous Avenger in her appearance. Rather than look like a comic-book hero, she comes off as the long-lost member of Evanescence with that leather coat and cutoff gloves.
Once again, there was no drastic outfit change for Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Infinity War. The red and black motif from before stayed, and Olsen made sure to pull the same sulky faces as she has for the past few movies. Frankly, the filmmakers could’ve at least given her the traditional headpiece. If they wanted to give it a bit more of purpose rather than be seen as a fashion accessory, they could’ve explained it as a way for Maximoff to channel her energy and even have it designed by Shuri.
8. BEST: RED SKULL
Not one person expected Red Skull to make his return in this movie – and that shows the difference between the MCU and DCEU. Warner Bros. has a problem with leaks and snitches, and would do well to identify those people before they do further harm to the franchise. The Russos and everyone involved kept this secret appearance on lockdown and viewers only experienced it in the cinema and not via the dirt sheets. However, it wasn’t Hugo Weaving in the red-skulled role, but The Walking Dead‘s Ross Marquand. Truth is, Weaving was never really keen on returning, so it worked out for the best here.
What’s truly incredible is that not many people picked up that this was a new actor. Many thought it was still Weaving in the role.
Nonetheless, it was Marquand playing the part of Cap’s infamous foe – and the villain looked good after so many years trapped on Vormir. In fact, he even gave off a bit of a Skeletor vibe with that cloaked disguise, and anything that looks like the man formerly known as Keldor is perfect in our books. The question is, was this only a cameo or will the Red Skull return to the MCU in a larger capacity?
7. WORST: HEIMDALL
You know, we understand why Heimdall looked the way he did in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. With Asgard gone, he no longer had the fancy-schmancy golden armor in his arsenal. His banishment probably didn’t help much, either, as he was stuck looking like an ordinary Asgardian, who could’ve been ripped straight out of Lord of the Rings. Even so, it sucked to see Heimdall perish the way that he did. Wouldn’t it have been better to see him go down in flames while wearing his sweet, battle armor and clashing with Thanos?
That said, he did do one final good deed by using a shred of magic to send the Hulk to Earth. It proved to be his last act, though, as he met his maker right afterwards. There’s still a question around whether or not his death will stick, since there certainly will be a host of characters coming back in Avengers 4. Well, at least if Heimdall’s death is permanent in the MCU, it frees up Idris Elba to portray John Stewart in Green Lantern Corp and then James Bond in Bond 27, because we all know those are the right things for him to do.
6. BEST: EBONY MAW
It was funny when Stark referred to Ebony Maw as Squidward in Avengers: Infinity War, but make no mistake about it: this villain looked styling. In fact, this could be a situation where the live-action adaptation is better than the comic-book version. We’re sure that his creators Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña won’t be too bothered by this statement; instead, they’ll probably be pleased with how the evolution of their baby turned out in this movie.
Apart from Thanos, Maw is probably the standout villain of the flick.
Kitted out in the same black apparel as his fellow members of the Black Order, Maw looked reminiscent to a Sith Lord as he paced around with his hands behind his back. His receding hairline and snake-like face also added a sense of nefariousness to the otherwise sycophantic disciple of Thanos. His powers proved to be largely impressive as he bested Doctor Strange in magical combat and put the good doctor in a bit of a bind (and something that Hellraiser‘s Pinhead would absolutely adore for his own collection of traps). While our last sight of Maw was him getting sucked out of his ship into space, we’re still hoping that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him in the MCU.
5. WORST: STAR-LORD
Well, Peter Quill has never been the brightest of the bunch – and no, we’re not talking about how he’s to blame for everything that went wrong in Avengers: Infinity War because he is. It’s his outfit. When you go up against the biggest villain the MCU has ever seen, would you do it wearing your regular Sunday casual? Honestly, we don’t know how he survived for as long as he did. Judging by his attire alone, Thanos should’ve crushed him with his pinky and then fed him to his Rottweiler, Bowser. Mind you, the Mad Titan only kept him alive because of his daughter Gamora’s infatuation with him.
For Pete’s sake, you’d think that Star-Lord would at least have worn some armor to protect himself from this galactic threat, but nope. He was almost inviting death – all because he wanted to show off and try to outdo Thor as the manliest man in the galaxy. Sure, Drax chooses to not wear a shirt, but he’s a real warrior. The only thing that Quill has conquered is making mix tapes a popular thing again in this decade – oh, and killing off half the MCU because he couldn’t follow a simple instruction. Idiot.
4. BEST: VISION
One of the nicest surprises of Avengers: Infinity War was seeing Vision, in his human form, trying to live a happy, normal life with Scarlet Witch in Scotland. Despite being an android, he’s figuring out what it takes to be a human – a little like Westworld‘s Dolores without the desire to murder humanity and cause havoc. In addition, we witnessed Vision in his traditional getup, looking every bit like the hero who first made his appearance in The Avengers #57 back in October 1968.
He had an important part to play in this story and his appearance needed to be spot-on, which it was.
Sadly, by the end of the movie, Vision looked more like The Walking Dead‘s Glenn Rhee after Thanos popped open his skull for the Mind Stone. It was brutal and ugly to see. While it’s likely that Vision will somehow return in Avengers 4, there’s also the possibility that his AI might inhibit another body or form. In a world where Shuri (presumably still alive), Banner, and Stark are around, there’s still hope for Vision. It would be cruel to kill him off when he and Scarlet Witch have just found each other. Everyone deserves a happy ending, right?
3. WORST: PROXIMA MIDNIGHT
The danger of bringing Proxima Midnight to Avengers: Infinity War is that certain parts of her costume are reminiscent of Hela’s. Considering the proximity between this film and Thor: Ragnarok, an accurate depiction of the comic-book costume might’ve confused the average movie goer. So, there was a little bit of a tweak to the headpiece, to remove any comparisons to Hela. What the filmmakers didn’t realize, though, was this change made her look like the edgy, Marilyn Manson-esque Riddler from The Batman animated TV series. Heck, it felt like a bit of a throwback to the mid ’90s when MTV still played music and the “M” meant something more than “moronic” or “mind-numbing”.
Costume aside, Proxima Midnight had a strong showing in the film, cementing her status as a legitimate opponent and threat for the Avengers to defeat. As portrayed by Carrie Coon, Thanos’ disciple gave Black Widow and Okoye a hard time in battle. It wasn’t an easy fight, but the villain pushed them to the limit before she finally met her end and went to hang out with all the other Avengers wherever they are. Hey, maybe she’ll also come back if the timeline is changed in Avengers 4?
2. BEST: WHITE WOLF
One of the biggest conundrums of Avengers: Infinity War was the status of Bucky Barnes. Would he still be the Winter Soldier, White Wolf, or the new Captain America in the movie? As it turns out, his time in Wakanda calmed him down and he accepted the name of White Wolf given to him by the people. He had one little issue, though: Stark ripped off his metal arm in Captain America: Civil War and he was still armless. Well, not only did he get free boarding and lodging as well as a brainwashing reversal, but he also received a brand-new arm from Wakanda. What a sweet deal! No wonder there’s so much patriotic pride when everyone boasts “Wakanda forever!”
What we did see we liked, as his new gear (read: arm) looked good on him!
We didn’t get to see much of Barnes throughout the movie, though, as the bulk of his screen time was limited to him shooting a gun in the Wakandan battle scene. What we did see we liked, as his new gear (read: arm) looked good on him and he appeared reborn, even if it wasn’t a complete radical makeover. We’ve been promised more of Barnes in future movies, so let’s hope that the MCU continues to build on the good work it has done with the character so far.
1. WORST: FALCON
Much like War Machine, Falcon’s arc has gotten a little stale over the past few movies. Name us one important thing that Sam Wilson has done since Captain America: The Winter Soldier… Exactly, nothing. At this moment, he needs Cap to die so he can take over the mantle more than anyone else. Similarly, nothing much has changed with his appearance. The Russos could use stock footage from their previous movies and no one would be the wiser about it. Naturally, with such an ensemble cast, we shouldn’t have expected too much to happen with Falcon, but the fact that you can’t even remember him is troubling.
While the world calls for more of Hawkeye and Ant-Man, Wilson has been forgotten in the pack. He needs a major rejuvenation and this can only be done by him becoming the next Captain America. As it stands, Bucky Barnes will be able to stand on his own as the White Wolf, but Falcon is quickly becoming a peripheral figure in need of some salvation. A new suit and storyline could be what it takes to make him an MVP in the MCU. If not, we fear that he might disappear into the realm of irrelevance.
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