The boy from Brooklyn is finally home.
Marvel fans from the tri-state area gathered to watch the unveiling of a Captain America statue on Wednesday, August 10 at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Hosted by Lorraine Cink, actor and host of “THWIP! The Big Marvel Show” and “The Marvel Minute,” along with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics Axel Alonso, fans embraced the rain to be the first in Brooklyn to see the statue. After its world debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego, fans are excited to see the statue up close.
“While I’ve only seen the movies, this is a great moment,” said Marvel fan Matthew Soberman, who took two trains from Long Island to get to the ceremony.
The 13-foot-tall, one-ton statue will grace Prospect Park for two weeks before moving to the plaza outside of Barclays Center at Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues in September. In October, the statue will be moved to Sunset Park for the opening of Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Local Brooklynite and YouTube star Pete DeLuca from the show “Pete’s Basement,” which discusses comic books in a comedic fashion, was excited to finally see the statue after seeing pictures when it was first unveiled in San Diego.
“The pictures just didn’t do it justice,” said DeLuca.
Deluca and his friend Age Velez have been reading the Captain America comic books since they were children. DeLuca and Velez feel that the statue represents much more than a beloved comic book character.
“Captain America, while fictional, had a lot of weight to hold on his shoulders,” said Velez. “He’s someone people look up to and who represents what America stands for.”