One of the most iconic aspects of the Captain America uniform, traceable all the way back to the character’s origins, would be his shield. While Cap’s first shield was a triangular, badge-shaped number, most people will describe the circular shield that debuted in “Captain America Comics #2” when asked to describe Cap’s shield. Despite the iconic nature of the circular shield, it had no presence in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Instead of a circular disc, Wakanda’s King T’Challa bestowed a futuristic shield upon the Sentinel of Liberty. As Kenneth Spivey, the creator of the prop tells things, creating the shield that made it into the film was a major time crunch.
Spivey has been responsible for constructing many of the props for Avengers: Infinity War, including various weapons and the Infinity Gauntlet. He shared that Captain America’s shield was one of the more difficult jobs he was given for the film. The reason for the difficulty? Receiving last-minute orders to alter the shield’s design. Beyond his triangular and circular shields, comics Captain America has wielded six different shields.
Spivey remarks that his original design entailed a long mass of metal that rose past Cap’s elbow and featured claw-like extensions in homage to Wakanda’s panther god. While Spivey was given three months to produce the claw, with a great deal of secrecy, he received new orders after constructing the prop shield. The new orders left him with a single day to create Cap’s Wakandan shield and necessitated designing it from scratch.
The final product was a mass of shaped sheet metal, made hollow and mostly composed of aluminum in order to minimize Chris Evan’s difficulty in wielding the prop. Despite Spivey’s work in producing a second shield, Marvel Studios designed to go another route and layer a lot of CGI over much of Spivey’s second shield.
Currently, Spivey still enjoys a working relationship with Marvel Studios but has kept to the usual trade secrecy about ongoing projects. While his work hours are filled with props to be made for various productions, Spivey has high hopes that he will get the chance to work on a “Star Wars” project. Even if he only got to craft some basic blasters, Spivey would be overjoyed to work with such a storied franchise. Considering the relationships between Marvel, Disney and Star Wars, it stands to reason that Spivey may get his chance in the near future.