Out of all the the Avengers or, really, any of the characters in any comic book movie universe, the one most likely to get a real-life statue is definitely Chris Evans’s Captain America. And, well, it is now so — Marvel recently announced that the First Avenger is getting the 13-foot-tall bronze statue treatment he deserves, in none other than his hometown of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Except… as most die-hard Cap comics fans know, Steve Rogers is actually from a different borough entirely. Say what?
That’s right. In a clear-cut case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe taking precedent over its comics forbearers (I’m joking but… also not really), the statue will draw its inscription from a quote in Captain America: The First Avenger: “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.” But comics fans are rightly irked by both the original film line and now the statue’s homage to Steve Rogers’s film birthplace because in the comics, he’s actually from Manhattan, specifically the Lower East Side.
Look, it’s a small detail, and most folks won’t notice. But it does raise an interesting point about how the comic book film universes are outright changing popular perceptions of certain cultural icons. Could you imagine if a Rocky statue were in any place other than Philadelphia? For that matter, could you imagine if someone tried to place a Spider-Man statue in somewhere other than Queens? (Just try, Marvel and/or Sony.)
It’s a small quibble, to ask to give Cap his due in the place of his original origin. But for many of us, our hometowns are sacred, or at least unshakeable, parts of our identities. For comics!Steve Rogers, no longer the most popular version in the Marvel canon, his is something to be remembered only by the most dedicated fans.