An Italian Town Commemorates Iron Man With a Statue

Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Wong in "Avengers Infinity War." Photo by Walt Disney Studios/Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock (9656345d)

Robert Downey Jr. is alive and well and will remain so for many years we hope, but one of his famous characters Tony Stark, a.k.a Iron Man, is no longer with us. But it seems the character was important enough to garner a memorial.

An Italian artist named Daniele Basso created a statue of the superhero posing in his iconic landing posture from the first movie. The statue now stands on a marble pedestal in Forte de Marmi.

The statue contains an inscription that says: “The first monument dedicated to Iron Man in the year of his cinematographic death celebrates Tony Stark, the man who used his great wealth to fight for the ideals in which he believed. Reminding us that we are the protagonists of our era. That the future of humanity depends on our decisions … that all of us must be heroes!”

Basso told SYFY wire that he likes the stark character because of its imperfection. “he was not always right but he used all his influence and power to help others.” According to Basso the reason that he chose to commemorate a fictional character is that “Superheroes talk to the child we always have in our souls. They remember us the sense and the meaning to do the right thing.”