I really liked Cyclops’ look from Marvel Now! The red and black is a little meaner and shows that he’s not just the wussy boy scout anymore.
Wonder Woman’s New 52 update was subtle, but I liked the dark blue and silver changes on the suit. Made it feel more modern while keeping the classic look.
Lady Thor! It has the distinct colors and features of Thor while also being totally her own hero.
Olivier Coipel’s redesign of Thor brought him into the modern age. The mail armor and yellow lightning bolt-looking details are a nice touch.
Annihilation took Drax the Destroyer from goofy looking 70s cosmic character into an awesome edgy look. Plus Dave Bautista totally ruled in Guardians of the Galaxy.
One of my favorite parts of Ed Brubaker’s classic Captain America run was Bucky taking up the shield. It combined a distinctly “Captain America” look, but the black part incorporated his spy/black ops history into the design.
It’s no secret that Captain Marvel is my favorite woman superhero (can’t wait for that movie!!!) and a large part of it is her awesome costume design from Jamie McKelvie (and later tweaked by Kris Anka). It’s modern, functional, incorporates both her military background with her high flying superhero role, and is just plain cool looking. I’m especially excited to see how it looks when the movie comes out!
Spidey’s black suit is one of the coolest redesigns ever. It’s slick and kind of intimidating (especially with Venom) but still distinctively Spider-Man.
When the Punisher changed up his costume to honor Captain America after Civil War, it was a really cool change. Especially because he immediately went after a bunch of white nationalists and kicked righteous butt in the name of America.
Iron Man’s Extremis armor redesign by Adi Granov was not only a great modern take on an old classic, but it helped influence the movie version of the armor.
The Future Foundation version of the Fantastic Four’s costumes were really cool since they really played up the super-science/explorer aspect of the characters that had been missing for a while.
One of the superhero costume changes that I’ve enjoyed witnessing has been most recent: Captain America. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the iconic value of the original especially the obvious symbolism of him in the Star-Spangled Banner suit punching Hitler, which is a very quintessential image. However, I don’t think that version of the costume would be of any help to Captain Rogers today during covert military operations; attempting to lurk in the shadows with a brightly colored suit would be futile. The contemporary design, to me, is more becoming a soldier, more practical. The patriotic symbolism is still evident in the updated suit, just not as pronounced, which again is quite logical for espionage work. Captain America is an essential character not just for the sake of the Avengers, but for the Marvel Universe, as well, so I’ve enjoyed seeing him receive a long-overdue updated costume that didn’t belie his contemporary significance.
Storm with a mohawk. ‘Nuff said!
Falcon becoming Cap was great because it combined the red, white, and blue with the functional design of Falcon’s modern suit.
Tim Drake’s modern Robin costume looked really cool because the long red tights helped to set him apart as his own character from the other Robins.
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