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Brooklyn to welcome Captain America statue for superhero's 75th anniversary

Brooklyn's Prospect Park will house the 13-foot Captain America statue, after an initial unveiling at San Diego Comic-Con.

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This year, Marvel celebrates the Captain's 75th anniversary.
Marvel

Brooklyn will soon honor the 75th anniversary of global superhero (and local native) Captain America with a bronze statue in Prospect Park.

Marvel Studios will take the wraps off the statue in San Diego, California, first during the city's annual comic convention, which takes place July 20-24. The statue will then make its way home to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, where a dedication ceremony is set for August 10.

Captain America, also known as Steve Rogers, proudly hails from Brooklyn. In the 2011 movie "Captain America: The First Avenger," Rogers (played by Chris Evans) says, "I'm just a kid from Brooklyn." The quote will appear on the statue itself.

Why is the Captain receiving such an honor? "For 75 years Captain America has inspired generations of fans as the ultimate global icon for freedom, strength, and doing the right thing," said Paul Gitter, a senior vice president at Disney Consumer Products. The statue was designed "to honor and celebrate his enduring legacy."