Brooklyn plans supersized homecoming for Cap

Brooklyn plans supersized homecoming for Cap

Marvel via USA Today

Marvel via USA Today

This year, Marvel’s first Avenger will turn 75. The fictional superhero will be honored by his nonfictional hometown of Brooklyn, who will celebrate Captain America with a 13-foot-tall bronze statue in Prospect Park.

Steve Rogers would become a super soldier and lead America to victory in World War II, but he grew up as a normal kid on the streets of Brooklyn.

The base of the statue features Cap’s response during an exchange with the Red Skull in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

“What makes you so special?”

“Nothing. I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”

As unveiled in USA Today, the statue will make its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. The location hasn’t been reveled yet, but it will presumably will at Marvel’s booth on the exhibit floor.

As a character created in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Captain America has inspired generations of comic book fans. Paul Gitter, senior vice president of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer products and Interactive Media, told USA Today that the statue is to remind fans of the character’s history. He stated:

“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.”

After SDCC, the bronzed Cap will make his 2,778-mile journey across the country. Marvel will document the road trip via social media. The statue is set to arrive in New York on Aug. 10 for an official dedication ceremony.

For those who can’t make it to San Diego or Brooklyn to see the statue in person, Comicave Studios (who designed the statue along with Marvel) will be selling replicas online. Only 750 12-inch-tall statues will be available, cast in bronze available to order, alongside a smaller run of 35-inch-tall replicas, cast in pewter.