Remember that line in the first black leather-clad X-Men movie, when they joked about wearing yellow spandex? Doesn’t seem so funny now, does it? After The Avengers, superhero movies have been less afraid to go more comic accurate with their costumes, or at least reference them. Let’s take a look at times the MCU has had homages to original costumes.
In the her solo comic Alias, before Jessica Jones was a bitter alcoholic private eye, she was a plucky pink-haired wannabe-Avenger named Jewel, complete with diamond-bedazzled blue and white suit. In the show Jessica Jones, she doesn’t wear a costume and never has, eschewing the superhero lifestyle. She’s kind of always been the way she is – but that didn’t stop her rich friend Trish Walker from having very familiar suit designed for her in hopes of her taking up heroism as a hobby.
The Incredible Hulk is know for wearing only one thing: large, ripped purple pants. Where did he get them? Did they stretch with him? Does Bruce Banner always have loose purple pants under his trousers? We will never know. The film The Incredible Hulk (canon, even though it didn’t star Mark Ruffalo) has an homage to this, when Bruce Banner scoffs at the idea of wearing large purple sweatpants to avoid losing his clothes so often.
The Clairvoyant isn’t actually a character in the comics – instead, John Garrett is a super-spy of the Zodiac under the codename “Aquarius”. Never a comic villain, Garrett is rebuilt as a cyborg with S.H.I.E.L.D. technology. In the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., fellow agent John Garrett is revealed to be the mastermind The Clairvoyant – the original cyborg Deathlok from the Deathlok Project (Codename: C.E.N.T.I.P.E.D.E.). After being restrained by S.H.I.E.L.D. he finally assumes his full cyborg comic-book form before being quickly disintegrated by Coulson with a blast from the Tesseract-powered weapon, the Peruvian 0-8-4.
Recent comics aside, only one thing separates Thor from his comic counterpart: his shiny winged helmet. Thor reportedly doesn’t don the helmet due to it’s difficulty during fight scenes. He does, however, briefly wear it during his crowning ceremony at the beginning of his eponymous movie. Rumor has it he will take up the helmet once more in his upcoming third film, Thor: Ragnarok.
We’re not done! Stay tuned for Part III!