Online petitions are typically met with an eye roll, but it's difficult not to like this one: Two residents of Edmonton, Alberta, want the city to erect a life-size statue in honor of one of the provinces native sons ... James "Logan" Howlett. Yes, Wolverine.
"Not many popular or exciting fictional characters are born Canadian, but superhero and adventurer Wolverine isn't just Canadian, he's an Albertan too," Jesse Seitz writes on Change.org. "I think it would make a lot of people really proud to live in Edmonton and raise morale to erect a life size statue of this character in City Hall, or even perhaps Churchill Square or the Alberta Legislature Grounds."
His friend Christopher Olivier adds, "Wolverine has been a staple of Marvel Comics for the last 40 years, the X-Men film franchise for 15 and is now considered as popular as The Avengers and Spider-Man. We believe a statue of the X-Man will only draw more people to the city if not just to see it and would make fans of the character beam with pride."
If Metropolis, Illinois, can have a 15-foot-tall statue of Superman, then why shouldn't Edmonton have (a decidedly shorter) one of Wolverine? And what better way to memorialize the character's impending death?
Here's the text of the petition, which has just 66 supporters so far:
To:City Council/Mayor Don IvesonPlease consider the opinions of the citizens who have signed this petition towards the creation of a life sized Wolverine statue to be placed somewhere in this great city of Edmonton to be viewed by all who live here and visit, as Wolverine is a Canadian and Albertan symbol of strength, perseverance in the face of tragedy, and overall heroics.