Real Iron Man statue paying tribute to Tony Stark's 'Avengers: Endgame' death has fans ready to visit Italy: 'Passport and baggage assemble'

Ethan Alter
Senior Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. (Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Marvel Studios/Courtesy Everett Collection)

We know we say this a lot, but there’s fresh proof that this really is Marvel’s world and we’re just living in it. In yet another case of life imitating Marvel Cinematic Universe art, Italian sculptor, Daniele Basso, has taken a page from the many Iron Man murals that populated Spider-Man: Far From Home and paid tribute to Robert Downey Jr.’s fallen Avenger in a new monument that made its debut as part of the Oltre Verso art exhibition in the Tuscan seaside town of Forte Dei Marmi. The artist shared images of his creation on Instagram recently, and fans are already loving it 3000.

Cheekily entitled “Man of Steel” — a reference to Iron Man’s Distinguished Competitor in the DC Extended Universe — the sculpture preserves Tony Stark’s classic three-point landing in all its metallic glory. Basso sculpted Iron Man’s image out of mirror polished steel and glass. A plaque that accompanies the piece speaks of Downey’s alter ego in the most glowing of terms.

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 life’s 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!

Based on the Twitter reactions, the Oltre Verso organizers might want to prepare for a new influx of tourists.

Your move, Norway: We expect to see a heavy metal sculpture of Thor by the end of September.

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