'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Spoilers: MCU links Hawkeye, Captain America with Liberty Avenger
Spoilers for 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'
Fans who watched 'Hawkeye' Episode 5 will surely have their spidey senses tingling when they finally see the post-blip Statue of Liberty in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'. The state now rebranded as the 'Liberty Avenger' sees the colossal neoclassical sculpture holding a huge Captain America shield in one hand. The Disney+ series hints at the new statue after Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) tells Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) that she wants to see the "new Statue of Liberty."
The final climax scene in 'No Way Home' sees all the three Spider-Men — Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire fight the baddies, Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), Dr Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and Electro (Jamie Foxx) on the Liberty Avenger eventually decimating with the shield serving as the final battle stage. The showdown between Goblin and Holland's Peter finally ends with the latter curing him of the Goblin possession instead of killing him after he kills Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) earlier in the movie
The rebranded statue is actually a fitting tribute to Captain America, the world's first Avengers who were announced as one of the superheroes who died fighting Thanos in 'Avengers: Endgame' although he actually went back in time to live his life out with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). This is the MCU's Phase 4 paying off their respects to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a key hero in MCU's first three phases. The Liberty Avenger has had quite a few appearances sans the shield. It was previously shown in 'Agent Carter', 'Luke Cage' (miniature), 'The Punisher', 'Cloak & Dagger' (picture), and 'What If...?' and 'Hawkeye'.
Only time will tell if the damaged Liberty Avenger will indeed be fixed in the upcoming movies. The dropping of the shield also has significance with Peter Parker (Holland) showing that he was a Queens kid with a heart — just the same as Steve Rogers, a kid from Brooklyn. The Liberty Avenger is one of the many easter eggs in 'No Way Home' and answers the question that 'Hawkeye' asked.
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' releases December 17 in the US.