In the world of superhero comics, artists and writers are always trying to put a fresh spin on concepts that have been around for a long time. Superheroes often switch costumes, due to utility, major story events, or just keeping up with the latest fashions. Usually, the changes are minor and don’t have a fundamental effect on the way the character is perceived, but sometimes we get gobsmacked by awesome new costume designs. Here is a list of the coolest alternate superhero costumes:
10. X-Force Wolverine
Wolverine has never looked better; black and gray with red eyes. This is a seriously hardcore look. X-Force does what needs doing to protect mutantkind when no one else will. Master hunter Wolverine leads the X-Men’s secret assassination squad.
09. Captain America S.H.I.E.L.D.
Captain America’s fourth uniform was a stealth uniform, given to him by S.H.I.E.L.D. for secret missions. The suit was a navy blue, utilitarian-style suit with a Kevlar-based ballistic component that could protect Captain America but at the same time function like a military black-ops uniform. It was used to retake command of the Lemurian Star and to escape from the Triskelion. It was awesome to see the suit used in the live-action Marvel films. It remains one of the coolest Captain America suits.
08. Batman’s Suit Of Sorrows
Batman has many, many, many cool suits (did we say many?). And the Suit Of Sorrows was one of the best. It was created in 1190 during the Crusades, and given to a Knight, Sir Geoffrey De Cantonna who was supposedly pure of heart. The suit drove him insane, and he slaughtered several hundred people in a remote Alpine valley. To protect the knight’s reputation, there was a cover-up that claimed that the Moors were responsible. The Suit was retrieved by the Order of Purity, a splinter sect of the Order of St. Dumas. It is said that the suit is able to impart strength and speed to those who wear it, but it will destroy anyone who is not pure. Years later, the armor was bestowed upon Batman by Talia al Ghul as a gift, and although it made him significantly stronger and faster, he was forced to stop using it when he began to believe it was somehow corrupting him and making him more violent.
07. Spider-Man’s Future Foundation Outfit
Spidey probably has more suits than any other comic book hero. Think about it. He changes for artist to artist really. He was given this cool costume after joining The Future Foundation, a team of the smartest superheroes. The costumes have a white and black color scheme costume and is made from third generation unstable molecules. Also, any Future Foundation suit can also go into a black “Stealth Mode” if the user wants it to – which made it so cool for Spidey.
06. Iron Spider
After Peter Parker was resurrected from a battle to the death against Morlun, his friend and teammate Tony Stark built him a new suit, using Stark Tech, and obviously influenced by the colors of Stark’s Iron Man Armor. Let’s hope we get to see something similar in Civil War.
05. Agent Venom
When Flash Thompson gives Spider-Man a surprise assist during a battle with a Venom-powered Scorpion, Flash is unknowingly exposed to the Venom symbiote, and to everyone’s surprise, the two form a permanent and heroic bond. Using his new powers, he begins his training with S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Venom. Just have a look at the costume… pure awesomeness.
04. Hellbat Suit
Bruce Wayne designed the Hellbat armor for the purpose of being able to engage with large scale threats. The armor was built with the help of his teammates of the Justice League, who agreed to do it because they worried that he was the only human being among them. The suit drains energy from Batman’s metabolism and Batman could die if he use Hellbat for a long duration. The armor is extremely durable and Batman was able to defeat Kalibak and an army of parademons with it.
03. Iron Man Hulkbuster
The Mark 44 (XLIV), also known as the “Hulkbuster”, is an Extra Heavy-Duty Modular Armor created by Tony Stark, as part of Veronica’s system to take down a rampaging Hulk. The armor works by attaching itself around the base armor of the Mark 43. Although we’ve all seen it in Age of Ultron, it remains one of the coolest suits Stark has ever had. It’s a pity we didn’t see more of it. Where was it when he was facing off Ultron?
02. Superman’s Godfall Outfit
Superman: Godfall was a 2000s story arc in the comics featuring Superman in adventures through the bottle city of Kandor. Although Superman has had multiple alternate costumes over the years, he never looked as cool as he does in Godfall. Everything just screams sci-fi future.
“Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.” Jack Sparrow ain’t got nuthin on this. Deadpool ceased to exist, he’s given his good-byes, he’s driven his car into the ocean. They’ll think he’s dead, but he’ll sail away. Then, he becomes a pirate! While we’re not sure we’d trust Deadpool at the helm of a ship, we’re pretty sure he’d hunt for booty like a pro in this pirate outfit.