Here's the next Avenger in my redesigned line-up: Captain America!
Now I have done a Cap redesign before, for a previous P:R fan-art friday. But as I'm doing an Avengers team redesign, and I can't imagine the team without some form of Cap in it, I thought I'd revisit it and tweak it.
Here again, I'm focusing on one core element of the character: in this case, Cap as a patriotic symbol.
I wanted him to be more of a faceless national mascot: let's say in my continuity Steve survived being frozen for 70 odd years, but was horribly disfigured as a result. He's either really scarred or literally rotting away, depending on your own creepy imaginations. Thus the full face mask. He's not really a person anymore, but more like a living flag or crest: I removed the 'A' and tried to make his costume look as much like he's wrapped in the star-spangled banner as possible.
Plus, I figured the 'heroic on the outside, scarred on the inside' angle might work well as a metaphor on any form of nationalism/patriotism: it looks grand and makes you feel nice, but often hides something dark and scary just below the surface.
So there you have it! All feedback welcome.
Thanks for reading,