35 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Marvel Movie Costumes

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So that’s why they all look super amazing!

There’s so much to love about Marvel movies — the fan theory–sparking post-credit scenes, the mind-boggling special effects, the entire cast of Black Widow — but none of it would be the same without the costume department. It’s amazing how much time, effort, and imagination they put into not only the superhero suits, but also the Avengers’ everyday clothes.

Here are 35 ~super~ interesting facts about the costumes in the MCU:


In a 2018 interview, Elizabeth Olsen expressed her desire to modify her Avenger costume so it “would just not be a cleavage corset,” and her wish was soon fulfilled when she got to help design her new Scarlet Witch costume for the WandaVision finale.

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“She knows what she has to do better than anybody, having done this for years now,” WandaVision director Matt Shakman told Entertainment Tonight. “I showed her the art as it was coming along, and she loved it.”


The ribbon on Wanda’s ’70s pregnancy dress — which is called a cinta ribbon — represented the way she hid her pregnancy.

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Rubeo told Awards Daily, “In Spanish, when someone is pregnant, they call it ‘en cinta.’ That ribbon is there to be discreet, and you can hide the pregnancy longer. The same thing happened to Wanda.”


The main colors of the WandaVision design palette represented two important characters — red for Wanda Maximoff, and black for Agatha Harkness.

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“Wanda’s crimson red, a very, very strong red, almost like a black cherry red, and that went into her tops, into some colors of the ’70s and ’60s. Her lipstick. Halloween. Everything,” wardrobe designer Mayes C. Rubeo told Awards Daily. “Then the mystery of the black. It sounds so cliché, but It was also an opportunity to portray Agatha Harkness. When we did the 1950s show, the first time that we see Agatha. If you see this scheme of colors, it is all very beautiful, blended nicely, soft. Suddenly, that knock on the door.”


Wanda’s wedding dress was an homage to Audrey Hepburn’s wedding dress in Funny Face.

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In a media kit, Rubeo said, “The suit Vision wears and the wedding dress we made for Wanda for the opening titles were my favorite creations from that episode. … They were both made from scratch, and Paul [Bettany] loved the suit and tie so much he was sad it couldn’t be used for the whole episode.” 


Sophia Di Martino gave birth a few months before production began on Loki, so her Sylvie costume was designed with strategically placed zippers to make breastfeeding easier.


Loki’s TVA pants were made from authentic 1950s sharkskin fabric, which made them difficult to stretch and easy to rip.

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“It’s a miracle that [Tom Hiddleston] made it through with only my 15 pairs of pants,” Wada told ScreenRant.


The designer sourced vintage fabrics to add authenticity to Classic Loki’s spandex costume.

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She told ScreenRant, “It was also just really fun to put somebody like Richard E. Grant in that and also to just find the right cape design for him, somebody who can really manage a costume like he can.”


Brie Larson’s suit for Captain Marvel was altered to fit her body, and it changed due to the exercises she did to prepare for the role.

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“We worked with her actual body, and [the way she moved] … her body changed drastically while filming, so it was a lot of tweaking,” Captain Marvel costume designer Sanja Milkovic Hays told PopSugar.


For Carol Danvers’ ’90s-era street clothes, the wardrobe team decided “grunge is the way to go” because it fit with “that almost tomboyish image and attitude that she has.”

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Hays told PopSugar, “We see her at a rock ‘n’ roll concert and wearing ’80s band T-shirts, so…we decided that rather than going for neon spandex or something equally silly, that grunge was the best way to go.” 


There was a lot of back and forth about which band shirt Carol would wear, but they went with Nine Inch Nails because the logo was “kind of sweet and subtle.”

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“It’s there, but your eyes don’t keep going down, dragging your attention from her face,” Hays told PopSugar.


Sam Wilson’s Captain America suit in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was predominantly white to make him stand out as a “completely new, separate Captain America” and a “ray of light.”

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Costume designer Michael Crow told Gold Derby that the suit incorporated elements from both Sam’s Falcon suit and Steve Rogers’ Captain America suit to “get the history of both of those costumes in one.”

“Because there’s so much darkness in the show and [because] we’re dealing with so many issues we’re struggling with in reality, we wanted him to be…this hope at the end of the show,” Crow told Syfy.


John Walker’s Captain America suit, on the other hand, was designed “to feel darker and more threatening than the Captain America that had come before him.”

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“Wyatt [Russell] definitely brings that to the character anyway, but we wanted the costume to help that,” Crow told Syfy.


Bucky Barnes’ street clothes were designed to be “a darker reflection of Steve Rogers [with] an Americana kind of look.”

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Crown told Syfy, “I know Sebastian [Stan] kept pushing me to lighten it up a little bit and I just wouldn’t give him that.”


Zemo’s iconic fur coat was supposed to be an old Sokovian military uniform, so the costume designer took inspiration from Slavic traditional clothing and Polish and Russian World War II overcoats.

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“At the same time, we wanted him to feel wealthy, like a baron, and obviously, the fur is part of the character from the comic books and that adds a lot to that look,” Crow told the Motion Pictures Association.


The costume department for Avengers: Endgame required 120 workers, including people making the clothes, agers, dyers, technicians, and specialty costume leather makers.

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Costume designer Judianna Makovsky told CNN, “It’s probably the biggest crew I’ve ever had.”


The superhero suits may look like spandex or leather, but most of the time, they’re actually made with stretch cotton.

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“We can dye and we can print on and give it a texture. Make it look like Kevlar, make it look like something else,” Makovsky told CNN.


The most difficult Avenger to dress is Spider-Man because his suit has to fit without showing wrinkles or seams.

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“They look so simple, like leotards, but they’re not. … They have to fit over the head, but [Tom Holland] has to [be able to] move in it,” Makovsky told CNN.


Since Banner Hulk’s hero costume digitized, the wardrobe department created a scale model — which is called a maquette — for the visual effects team to use as a reference.

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“As far as his other clothes, we gave them fabric, we gave them styles, we gave them stitching samples,” Makovsky told Film School Rejects.


While they were being fitted for Tony Stark’s funeral scene in Avengers: Endgame, the actors were told they were filming a wedding scene, so the wardrobe designer explained their all-black outfits away as “a concept” they just needed to trust her on.

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Makovsky told CNN, “They knew I wouldn’t divulge anything, but mostly they just didn’t ask.”


In Black Panther, the embroidery on T’Challa’s palace outfit was taken from a few Nigerian embroidered tops that the wardrobe department found.

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“He has royal blood and he is inheriting the throne from his father, so he has a huge responsibility on his shoulders. That’s why his outfits always have a tailored feel and a sense of royalty,” costume designer Ruth E. Carter told the Mary Sue.


The embroidery patterns that T’Challa’s ancestors wear in the astral plane were inspired by various cultures from across the globe to “represent royalty that you find all over the world.”

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Carter told the Mary Sue, “I feel like the dream sequence is one that most people were thrilled to see because it relates to so many beautiful embroidered patterns in different cultures.”


Some veining of the Wakandan language circles T’Challa’s Black Panther suit, and a small triangle pattern was added between the line work to help it “feel like the roller prints you see in so many African patterns and printed fabric.”

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“Now, he’s not only a superhero, but he’s also an African king,” Carter told the Mary Sue.


Chadwick Boseman wore a silver muscle suit under his Black Panther suit to give the illusion it was made of vibranium, which was inspired by Superman’s suit in Man of Steel.

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Carter told the Mary Sue, “I saw that you could see the steel suit underneath [Superman’s] superhero costume, so the muscles look like they are made of steel. I thought to myself, ‘Well, Black Panther’s main suit is made of vibranium, so let’s do that.’”


Shuri’s lab outfit was inspired by “Stella McCartney’s ability to recycle fabrics, and the idea of taking recyclable materials and creating new fabrics.”

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“I decided that the overlay would be a type of material that is protective, cool, and fun. I felt like it should look like it was made from recyclable fabric or recyclable materials,” Carter told the Mary Sue.


For Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directors Joe and Anthony Russo wanted the costumes to look realistic, “as if Captain America walked outside in Washington, DC, nobody would really look twice.”

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“We try and think of them more as clothing rather than costumes in a funny way. We do look at a lot of real-world things,” costume designer Judianna Makovsky told Film School Rejects.


Even though Tony Stark is incredibly wealthy, his Avengers: Age of Ultron wardrobe wasn’t all designer — the wardrobe department got his clothes and shoes “from anywhere and everywhere.”

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“Sometimes I go flamboyant, sometimes practical…[I] put something together that isn’t cliché and is individual to [Tony],” costume designer Alexandra Byrne told Esquire.


For Captain America: Civil War, there were indoor and outdoor versions of some costumes.

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“I work closely with the director of photography and test the fabric in every light. … We don’t have unlimited budgets, so we test, test, and test until we find the color that will work in all situations,” costume designer Judianna Makovsky told Desde Hollywood.


For Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff’s suit was redesigned with comfort in mind — the designer added a rubber base and an elastic seam allowance so it wouldn’t feel too tight.

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“I was so happy to hear Scarlett [Johansson] say that it was the most comfortable outfit,” costume designer Jany Temime told Variety.


The idea for Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova’s white suits came from pictures of Russian and Norwegian soldiers wearing white in the snow.

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“Since Yelena came from Russia, I looked at it from a different point of view,” Temime told Variety. “Also, they pick up their ‘father’ in the snow, so I thought that would look gorgeous.”


Their coordinating suits were designed to show “the difference between Russia and the USA.”

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Temime told Variety, “I wanted [Yelena’s] outfit to be more functional and more army-like. I used double fabric with cotton and nylon stitched together, gave it volume which had this sportswear look to it. … [Natasha’s] white suit was made from similar fabrics used on scuba diving suits — that’s what gave it a rubbery look.”


Yelena’s green vest was based on “post-’50s sportswear fashion.”

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Temime told Variety, “She says in the film she bought this vest with all those pockets, and the idea was that she had come out of that brainwashed spy world, and buys that. So, I made something easy to wear, sturdy, practical…” 


Red Guardian’s old-fashioned helmet was inspired by “those guys who are shot out of cannons at the circus.”

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“[David Harbour] didn’t mind being slightly ridiculous as long as you get the effect, especially in that sequence where he is trying on the costume for the first time and it’s so tight,” Temime told Variety.


Marvel’s team of conceptual artists work with company president Kevin Feige to develop a strong concept for each hero’s onscreen suit before the costume designers are allowed to begin their work.

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“My job is to work with that concept and make it into reality so that it can actually move and function and be indestructible,” Ant-Man and the Wasp wardrobe designer Louise Frogley told Refinery29.


Typically, whenever a hero cameos in another hero’s standalone movie, the wardrobe department designs a totally new costume for them instead of reusing one from a previous film.

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Frogley told Refinery29, “The assumption is the character has progressed a bit or their life has changed a bit. They can always go back to the originals, but usually after the film, they’re pretty tired.”


And finally, once the movie wraps, all of the costumes go to Marvel’s secret warehouse, and from there, they’re sent to museums and exhibitions.

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“They do exhibitions all over the world. They very carefully curate all of the old costumes,” Frogley told Refinery29.

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