This year’s San Diego Comic-Con is setting itself up to be an exciting one for Marvel fans, after the studio skipped the convention last year for the D23 Expo instead, with movies like Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and more all expected to have panels and show footage to the Hall H crowds this year. However, it looks like the convention will also be part of an important milestone for one of Marvel’s most iconic characters, Captain America.
To celebrate Cap’s 75th anniversary, Marvel has announced that it will be unveiling a 13-ft tall bronze statue of the character in San Diego this year, before then shipping it out to Brooklyn, NY, Cap’s hometown, for a dedication ceremony on August 10th.
Marvel will be updating their social media feeds all throughout the convention this year, which runs from July 20th – July 24th, to alert fans of where the statue is going to be. They will also be selling 750 limited edition, 12-inch bronze replicas and 100-made-to-order 35-inch pewter replicas, for fans to display at at their homes.
An early sketch of what the statue will look like was unveiled as well:
The Senior Vice President of Licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, Paul Gitter, commented on the announcement to USA Today as well, noting:
“For the past 75 years, Captain America has inspired generations of fans serving as the ultimate global icon for freedom, strength and doing the right thing. 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 statue, which features Captain America doing a pose that, according to Gitter was, “symbolically chosen to showcase the impressive strength of Captain America and his stoic form,” also features the “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn” line that perfectly encapsulates Cap as a character, and the 75th anniversary that the statue is being built in honor of.
Portrayed by Chris Evans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now as well, the character’s popularity has only grown over the past several years, and it looks like Marvel is planning on honoring one of their most iconic and beloved heroes in grand fashion this year.
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