Spidey’s Statue of Liberty Unveiled
In a series of Tweets sent on Thursday, January 13th, 2022, Marek Okon, a freelance concept artist who worked on Spider-Man: No Way Home sent a series of Tweets that included images from his time in pre-production designing the updated Statue of Liberty we saw in the most recent Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
If you guys don't mind today's #SpiderMan #NoWayHome concept art update will be slightly more technical
I spent Most of my time in preproduction designing refreshed Statue of Liberty and construction site around Liberty Island pic.twitter.com/2iwzgwHaCC
— Marek Okon (@okon_marek) January 13, 2022
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In the movie, the Statue of Liberty has been redesigned in the wake of the Blip, which is how the world interprets the events that saw the snap of Thanos disintegrate fifty percent of the universe’s population, until they were brought back five years later by Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and the rest of the Avengers working together in order to reverse the effects of the cataclysmic event.
In the early moments of Spider-Man: No Way Home, we even hear someone on a radio or television talk show, calling in to comment on the addition of Captain America’s shield to the iconic statue.
According to the Tweets sent by Okon, his goal in designing the new Statue of Liberty was less to make something aesthetically pleasing and more to create an engaging set in which the characters could play (and fo those of us who saw No Way Home already, we can assure you, Okon succeeded in this endeavor).
As for the world outside your window, the real-life Statue of Liberty is a neoclassical sculpture that is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbour. The statue is a gift from the French people to the American people, given during the Revolutionary War. According to Edouard de Laboulaye, a French political thinker and abolitionist who proposed the statue in 1865, it was a symbol designed to encourage those French individuals who were still loyal to the monarchy to consider following in the footsteps of the American Revolution.
Laboulaye approached sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, who agreed that while LIberty was viewed as a “violent and revolutionary” figure by many, she must be the subject of the statue, which was built and presented to the United States in 1871. The full name of the statue rebukes those who would accuse her of being a symbol of violence: “Liberty Enlightening the World.”
The statue was dedicated on October 28th, 1886, and subsequently designated as a National Monument in 1924.
Statue of Liberty
This is only the second National Monument to feature prominently in a MCU Spider-Man movie, as the Washington Monument in Spider-Man: Homecoming served as the centerpiece in an action sequence.
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