Never doubt Marvel’s footprint on the real world. The entertainment giant has just announced plans to unveil a 13-foot bronze statue of Captain America in celebration of the hero’s 75th birthday this year. The statue will be presented at San Diego Comic-Con then shipped to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, afterwards. For those less comic savvy, Steve “Captain America” Rogers is a proud native of Brooklyn. Once the statue arrives at its final destination there will be a dedication ceremony on August 10. You can view the sketch below.
The statue reportedly weighs a ton (literally). Inscribed on a plaque beneath is a line from Captain America: The First Avenger: “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.” Paul Gitter, senior vice president of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media told USA Today the heroic pose was: “symbolically chosen to showcase the impressive strength of Captain America and his stoic form. Captain America’s signature shield also takes prominence, paying homage to his heroism, indestructible power and determination.”
Gitter said that the statue is also a tribute to Cap’s creators, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, who first introduced the world to the Star Spangled Man With a Plan in 1941. Gitter also added:
“We hope that when fans see the statue, they will think back to a favorite comic book, treasured action figure or even be transported back to a special time and place in their lives where Captain America’s values played influence.”
The cool part is Marvel plans to keep fans up-to-date via social media on Cap’s journey cross-country from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Comicave Studios, who designed the statue along with Marvel, will also be produce and sell a limited batch of 750 12-inch bronze replicas of the statue. They will also offer a limited 100 pewter versions 35-inches tall.
While it remains to be seen whether the statue will feature the countenance of Chris Evans (his onscreen portrayer) or a more generic comic book version, we don’t have long to wait. San Diego Comic-Con runs July 21-24.
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