Robert Downey Jrs Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it and in Avengers: Endgame, he sacrificed himself for the greater good.
But his Tony Stark will live on forever, not just in our memories and our DVDs but also as a statue that has been erected in Tuscany, Italy.
Designed and created by artist Daniele Basso as part of a month-long exhibit called Oltre Verso, the statue is part of a 40-piece collection in the town of Forte Dei Marmi.
Basso named the statue – which features Iron Man in his classic three-point landing pose – Man Of Steel, not to be confused with DC Comics hero Superman, who is also known under the same moniker.
The plaque which runs alongside the statue is in Italian but translated reads: The first monument dedicated to Iron Man in the year of his death in the cinematic world, we celebrate Tony Stark as a man who dedicates his lifes fortunes to fight for the ideals he believes in… reminding us that we are all the protagonists of our time – that the future of humanity depends on our decisions … that all of us must be heroes!
Taking to Instagram, artist Daniele added: Iron Man is alive and well…and he is in Forte dei Marmi!!
Iron Man has a magnetic heart, but I have a sensitive artists heart! And the enormous appreciation I am receiving for my sculpture thrills me!
Thank you all and remember: the future of humanity depends on our choices…all of us must and can be heroes!
Endgame is thought to be Downey Jrs last outing as Iron Man with the MCU moving into phase four which will focus on the new guard of Avengers including Black Panther and Captain Marvel.
However the upcoming launch of new streaming service Disney+ will allow for more Marvel stories to be told, and it has been reported that Downey Jr will return as Tony once more in a voiceover capacity for rumoured new series Ironheart.
Ironheart follows Riri Williams, the teenage genius who continues Tonys legacy in the comics, and according to We Got This Covered their source alleges that the company has got Downey Jr on board to voice Tony who will appear as an AI – similar to Paul Bettanys J.A.R.V.I.S – and wilRead More – Source