Countless comic heroes have made the transition from paper to cinema thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many fan-favorites have been completely redesigned, while some instead continue to wear the iconic outfits they wore when they were first created.
The MCU has allowed its characters to evolve in relation to their surroundings. With every threat that invades the universe, they must adapt, which means many heroes will have to change their approach if they hope to be victorious. Some will seek to upgrade their costumes, others will fall victim to their classic attire, refusing to believe that she plays as important a role as she does.
Before meeting Tony Stark for the first time, Peter Parker was a low-level crimefighter trying to make his way in an unforgiving world. Each Spider-Man portrayed in the cinema had to create his own crime-fighting suit, and while Tom Holland’s version is never seen during the creation process, the end result is downright comical.
After trying to stop the Vulture alone Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony Stark strips Peter of his upgraded suit, forcing the young crime-fighter to return to his roots. Unlike his more iconic Spider-Man costume, Peter’s first outfit was more reminiscent of pajamas than a crime-fighting suit. It was an eclectic mix of brightly colored fabrics that presented him as a target rather than a hero.
7 Doctor Strange
After abandoning his medical specialty, Doctor Stephen Strange embarked on a journey to unlock the magical powers that reside within him. Though it took some time for Strange to become one of the most powerful wizards of all time, his possession of incredible power doesn’t excuse him from his poor fashion sense.
He dresses as one would imagine a magician, with elegant robes and a cloak. His position of power requires him to dress appropriately, but his choice of attire can only help him to a limited extent in a combat situation. Although his cloak has saved him many times, it is far from practical to wear a living being around your neck, no matter how loyal it is to the wearer.
6 Bruce Banner/Hulk
It’s refreshing to see what heroes do in their free time, especially when an audience can relate to their efforts. Hulk’s portrayal in Avengers: Endgame serves to reveal a much more humanistic side to his hulking alter ego, but perhaps he should have invested in a new set of clothes before transitioning.
Before the events of endgame, the Hulk is usually only seen with his shorts torn after his transformation. Though Bruce attempts to correct this portrayal of himself, his choice of off-duty attire presents him as far less menacing than he used to be. While he has every right to wear what he feels comfortable in, it might have been wiser to prepare something more appropriate for the final battle against Thanos.
5 Green Goblin
When Norman Osborn isn’t parading around in one of his formal business suits, he’s usually seen soaring through the sky in a ridiculous green armor on his glider. After migrating to another universe, Norman destroys his goblin helmet to negate the suit’s influence on him, but this newfound freedom doesn’t do much to his fashion sense.
After destroying his mask, Norman decides to cover his armor with clothing to hide the power he wields. The clothes are quickly torn and torn during his first fight, but he refuses to take them off. Each strand hangs by a thread, but Norman finds it necessary to keep them attached to his armor no matter what.
4 hawk eye
Hawkeye’s placement in the ranks of the Avengers is due to his impressive archery skills. He is quick and nimble, two traits that allow him to rise to great heights quickly. This, coupled with his impressive aim, allows him to finish off enemies from incredible distances.
Hawkeye has gone through several costume changes during his time in the MCU, and with good reason. Although his original choice of clothing encouraged mobility, it undoubtedly made him vulnerable to oncoming attacks from his enemies. The lack of sleeves also makes it much more likely that he’ll injure himself while climbing. If he hadn’t changed at some point, this outfit could easily have been his undoing.
3 Black widow
Introduced in iron man 2, Natasha Romanoff has become one of the most iconic Avengers on the team. She is a trained Black Widow, meaning she is a skilled assassin that only a select few can defeat in battle. Though she lacks the otherworldly abilities of her comrades, that doesn’t detract from the raw human power she harbors.
Natasha became a much more powerful presence in The Avengers where both she and her team were tasked with defeating Loki. Most of her comrades go into battle with effective protection, but Natasha decides to show up in a catsuit. This outfit might look good, but it served very little purpose in combat.
2 moon knight
Steven Grant once lived the life of an ordinary man, but he eventually learned that another, darker version of himself lives within his mind. After discovering the alter ego that resides within him, Steven is forced into a world of peril that forces him to retrace his steps and uncover his origins. Unlike his more confident colleague Marc Spector, Steven is unfamiliar with the world of crime and the chaos that reigns within.
To protect himself from his enemies, he invokes Khonshu’s powers and materializes an outfit to aid him in battle. Marc used those skills to create a costume that instilled fear in those who opposed him, but Steven decided to do something more challenging. When Steven is in possession of his body, he wears a gorgeous white suit and mask. While it may earn him some points at a fashion show, it’s far from a practical choice for attire to fight the forces of evil.
1 Scarlet Witch
Seen in before her much needed costume change Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Wanda Maximoff wore simple outfits that made her appear ordinary. Her development in the MCU has made her one of the most powerful characters in the franchise, so it was time to give her the appropriate attire to convey that.
Before embracing her full power, Wanda fought alongside the Avengers in simple clothing that did little to help her in battle. The outfit she wears Captain America: Civil War consists of a corset with a long blazer-style coat partially covering it. This odd outfit choice is designed to limit her movement and thus reduce the overall power she wields. Despite being one of the strongest beings in the MCU, her impractical and overly sexualized costume design attempted to limit the power she could unleash.
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