Captain America is getting quite the birthday present. Marvel will celebrate 75 years of the star-spangled Avenger by unveiling a 13-foot tall bronze statue of the character at San Diego Comic-Con. The statue will then be shipped to Steve Rogers’ hometown of Brooklyn for a dedication ceremony on Aug. 10.
“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,” says Paul Gitter, senior vice president of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media told USA Today. Marvel revealed a sketch of the sculpture’s final design, included below.
The statue weighs a literal ton and has inscribed a quote from Captain America: The First Avengers that reads, “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.” The pose was “symbolically chosen to showcase the impressive strength of Captain America and his stoic form,” Gitter says. “Captain America’s signature shield also takes prominence, paying homage to his heroism, indestructible power and determination.”
Marvel will update their social media streams to alert fans to the statue’s location during Comic-Con, which takes place July 20-24. They will also be selling 750 limited edition 12-inch bronze replicas and 100-made-to-order 35-inch pewter replicas of the statue for fans to display home.
“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,” Gitter says.
Captain America was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon in 1941. The character is played by Chris Evans in the Marvel cinematic universe. Captain America: Civil War, the third Marvel Studios film headlined by Cap, has so far topped this year’s box office.