Why the MCU’s new Statue of Liberty is gold

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Spider-Man: The final battle of No Way Home takes place in the Statue of Liberty, which is being reconstructed – but why is MCU’s Lady Liberty now gold?

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: No way home.

the Marvel Cinematic UniverseThe Statue of Liberty is now gold, but why? After a European escapade in Spider-Man: Far from home Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) latest adventure is set in New York in Spider-Man: No way home. To highlight his return home, the final act of Threequels is set on Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is shown gold compared to its green patina in real life.

Marvel Studios, like Marvel Comics, tend to use real-world locations in their films to ground the MCU’s stories. There are fictional places like Sokovia from Avangers: Age of Ultron, Wakanda in Black Panther, and Madripoor in The falcon and the winter soldier and other fictional MCU locations like Knowhere, Vormir, and Titan, but earthbound battles usually take place in real cities. However, no metropolis was presented as explicitly in the franchise as New York City. The Big Apple was where the Avengers first gathered; Several heroes originally come from here, including Spider-Man from Queens.

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In view of this, it is fitting that Spider-Man: No way homes story takes place in New York, especially after spending the last Spider-Man film overseas. The latest Jon Watts-directed movie ended in an epic battle between Holland, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men and various villains. The Statue of Liberty, which was converted to carry Captain America’s shield, acted as the backdrop to the battle, revealing that the figure is now gold, not green. Marvel Studios sometimes gets liberal when it comes to fictionalizing certain real-world locations, and New York is no exception as the Stark to Avengers Tower replaces the MetLife building in Midtown. In this case, however, there is clear narrative motivation for the change, however Spider-Man: No way home did not reveal any explanation for the change in the Statue of Liberty.


The Statue of Liberty is equipped with the shield of Captain America in Spider-Man No Way Home.

While Marvel Studios was already planning to give the Statue of Liberty a facelift by replacing its torch with Captain America’s shield, that still doesn’t explain why they had to change its color too, unless that suggests a narrative to come out in the MCU. One possibility is for the entire project to be funded by Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) and trying to position himself as one of the great rulers of the city. For context, Wilson Fisk officially debuted in Hawk Eye, followed by his archenemy Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) brief appearance Spider-Man: No way home.

Otherwise, it is also possible that the Statue of Liberty has just been restored to its original appearance. The figure is made of copper, but over time it oxidizes and changes its color to green. Its restoration could be a signal for the in-narrative world and MCUs in general to rebuild after the events of the Infinity saga. It is also worth noting that in What if…?, Surtur accidentally melted her arm that was holding the flashlight, and while he quickly soldered it back on, it’s possible that something similar happened in the live-action universe and Lady Liberty had to be brought back to basics.


Marvel Studios has mastered the art of incorporating small, seemingly insignificant details into their films that will become an important plot point in the future Marvel Cinematic Universe Projects. The Statue of Liberty is gold in Spider-Man: No way home could very well be another example of this. At least the audience can expect the franchise to explain why the character is now holding Captain America’s shield instead of her traditional torch, as that has narrative implications for Sam Wilson’s (Anthony Mackie) new role as the star-Spangled Avenger.

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