It doesn't get more American than Captain America himself.
The young boy who would go on to become one of the world's greatest superheroes grew up as the completely normal Steve Rogers in Brooklyn during one of America's greatest times of hardship, the Great Depression. Then, as a super soldier, he fought in World War II and helped lead America to victory.
Even though he's a fictional character, Captain America is an American icon, with the recent success of Marvel's films only causing the hero to become even more popular. It's with that in mind that Marvel is looking to celebrate the hero's 75th anniversary with a special statue to be erected in Steve's home borough.
As detailed by USA Today, the 13-foot-tall bronze statue of the first avenger will be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con later this month, before making the cross-country trip to its new home in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. The statue will be dedicated on Aug. 10 and depicts Captain America holding his iconic star-spangled shield high above his head.
Steve's humble origins have been mentioned numerous times in various comic books and movies, and most recently came up in Captain America: Civil War. It was in Captain America's most recent movie that he and Spider-Man met for the first time, exchanging their New York City home boroughs in the process. The quote to be used on the statue is taken from Captain America's first Marvel cinematic universe film, Captain America: The First Avenger, where he says, "I'm just a kid from Brooklyn."
Fans interested in getting their own miniature version of the statue will be able to do so, though supplies are extremely limited. Comicave Studios is responsible for crafting the statue, and it will be selling 12-inch bronze replicas and 35-inch replicas of hero's Prospect Park statue. Only 750 of the 12-inch statues will be made, while the 35-inch replicas are limited to only 100. No details are currently available regarding preorders.
It's cool to see a fictional hero being celebrated in his completely nonfictional town. The idea of Captain America has always been that he could have been anybody. All it takes is the courage and strength to the right thing, and that's a message that is more than worth displaying in one of Brooklyn's parks.