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Marvel characters at Universal receive super costume updates

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By Darcie Vance

A super hero is defined by their trademark costume. The garment must be able to protect its owner and look good on the front page of a newspaper. The updated costumes introduced this month on Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands of Adventure provide all the heroes (and villains) with a new, detailed sleek look. Let’s take a look at the before and after photos of each.

Old Costume

New Costume

Captain America can now hold his shield as opposed to having it strapped to his back. The letter “A” is placed above his eyes instead of the top of his head, so it will not be missed in photographs. The star on his chest is smaller and adds as an accent piece to his upper body. The detail to his upper body has been improved tremendously.


Old Costume

New Costume

Storm’s costume change is also very noticeable. She has traded her white and yellow one piece costume for a black and silver fitted garment. Storm’s upper body is no longer hidden under white fabric.


Old Costume

New Costume

Rouge now wears a floor length brown coat. She has also exchanged her fabric and plastic belt for a sleek modern upgrade.


Old Costume

New Costume

The ears on Wolverine’s costume have been made smaller and more streamlined. The sides of his costume are more defined replacing the black triangles with yellow ones.


Old Costume

New Costume

Cyclops has been given a blue mask to cover his hair, along with a new floor length coat. The yellow border around his eye piece has vanished to provide a polished overall look.


Old Costume

New Costume

Spider-Man’s eyes have been made larger and elongated. And the iconic spider on his chest has been updated.


The villains of the island also have received upgrades.

Old Costume

New Costume

The Green Goblin’s new purple fringed clothing is more detailed than the previous pink outfit. His skin is also solid green versus the old green and black fishnet look.


Old Costume

New Costume

Doctor Doom has received a full transformation. His face has become more interactive allowing guests to peer into the eyes of evil. His hands look more like joints with movable fingers and less like silver painted gloves. All of Doom’s joints are more intricate. His cape is now the same color and includes more detail. Even Doom’s shoes have been made to look like part of the costume and instead of silver painted boots.


The heroes have also upgraded their mode of transportation.

Old bikes

New bikes

The ATVs with large flags have been replaced with Can-Am Spyder roadsters. These new three wheeled motorcycles allow the heroes to move around Super Hero Island faster. In addition to speed, the heroes can also make tight turns with ease.


Here’s a video showing the new costumes in action. Below that is a video showing some of the older costumes.

New Costumes:

New costumes for Marvel super heroes and villains at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Old Costumes:

Meet the heroes of Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park

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17 comments

Brian June 11, 2011 - 1:19 pm

I like how Disney is now directly improving the show quality at Universal. 🙂

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Roddy Barros (MKCustodial) June 11, 2011 - 2:55 pm

The old costumes resembled their look in the 90’s, made famous for “civilians” by the several animated series. The new look comes straight from the comics.

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sean June 11, 2011 - 7:20 pm

The New Looks are from the Web head ride (2012 Debut) ft the goblin, movies(Fantastic 4 and Fantastic 4 Rise of the Silver surfer), and X-Men T V Series (2009 Wolverine and the X-Men)

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sean June 11, 2011 - 7:20 pm

add The Punisher and Daredevil and The Fantastic 4 with Magneto

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sean June 12, 2011 - 8:21 am

My Mom thinks it looks sharp even the bikes.

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Nadi bishop June 13, 2011 - 10:19 am

Captain Americas looks awesome! Can’t wait to see all the new costumes in October, shame they didn’t do more with wolverine.
I really wish they’d add “Thor” I’d queue for that guy! 😉

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sean June 17, 2011 - 2:38 pm

Could they at least add LOKI and THOR, Nadi?

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Trevor June 17, 2011 - 9:19 pm

Why does Rouge look like she’s 45 years old?

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sean June 18, 2011 - 1:31 pm

Trevor she is supposed to be from Wolverine and The X-Men on Nicktoons. She looks like she is a hot babe in her 20s.

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Nadi June 19, 2011 - 3:23 pm

And iron man surely Sean! Tony stark rocks! I’m surprised they haven’t got a hulk tho,

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sean June 21, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Damn straight Nadi. Did you see a building marked Stark Industires behind the web head ride? Might as well add the hulk for next year for the Avengers to Hit the Big screen.

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sean June 22, 2011 - 2:49 pm

Nadi hello what about hulk and iron man with hawkeeye cause of the AVENGERS Movie and add more Villians walking around.

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sean July 11, 2011 - 1:42 pm

dudes this is th coolest thing i SAW

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