Ant-Man and the Wasp debuts a month for now, and Marvel just released some new movie posters for the final stages of its marketing campaign. In addition to providing a great look at the main cast, the artwork demonstrates how costume designers have mastered the art of superhero clothing.
For some reason, when I saw Bounding into Comics post a story on the new Ant-Man and the Wasp posters, one of my first thoughts was, “Aunt-Mann and the W. A. S. P. ” would make a really interesting title for a completely different film. But after that I thought about how sharp the superhero costumes are for the characters in the forthcoming movie, and how sharp superhero costumes have become in general.
The previous standard for superhero costumes was spandex or tight clothing. Think of the 1950s The Adventures of Superman TV series, the 1960s Batman series, or even the Christopher Reeves-era Superman films. They never quite looked right, and definitely didn’t look anything like the muscle and contour-revealing costumes in comic books.
That sort of started to change with the 1989 Batman movie when sculpted body armor replaced skintight clothing. But it really wasn’t until the 2000s until costume designers began figuring out how to do superhero clothing right. That formula often still involves skintight clothing, but it also includes texture, layers, dimension, and body-complementing color variety. You can see exactly what I mean in the new artwork for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in theaters on July 6.