One of the magical things about watching a movie is how it can inspire you in the real world once the credits stop rolling. Watching a fictional (or sometimes historical) character overcome seemingly insurmountable odds can give hope to people dealing with everyday challenges.
There have been a variety of fictional heroes whose stories are so inspirational, it almost makes them seem real. One of the most notable examples of this is Rocky Balboa from the Rocky movies. Actor and writer Sylvester Stallone created such a well-realized character, that the fictional statue of the boxer from the film series, now actually stands in Philadelphia. It's a prime example of life imitating art and it looks as if it will be happening again.
This year at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel will unveil a 13-foot bronze statue in the likeness of Captain America in celebration of the character's 75th anniversary. On the front of the statue will read the inscription, "I'm just a kid from Brooklyn..." A phrase that Steve Rogers first uttered in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.
Following the convention, the statue will embark on a cross-country tour across America to its permanent home in New York. Where it will be presented in a dedication ceremony, in Brooklyn's Prospect Park on August 10th. The senior VP of Marvel licensing, Paul Gitter, explained to USA Today why the hero will forever be memorialized in Brooklyn.
“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.”
This summer, Captain America let the world know loud and clear where he is from during his encounter with Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. It's no mystery why Marvel would be in support of the statue. It's ground-level marketing that unlike a billboard, will not get covered up or replaced. The studio has just started its third phase of filmmaking and this is a monument that will ensure kids grow up literally in the shadow of Captain America.
Captain America: Civil War will be available on digitally on September 2nd and on home video on September 13th, 2016.
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Source: USA Today