Sorry, bub, but the Mexican Wolverine is officially cooler than Milverine
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Cold weather and icy sidewalks are currently keeping Milwaukee’s favorite shirtless superhero/power-walker Milverine off the streets and relatively subdued. Sure, the onetime billboard model can still be seen purposefully striding to and from the East Pointe Pick ’N Save or wherever, but with the temperature-dictated need for a warm winter hat and—gasp!—a shirt, Milvie has undoubtedly lost some of his faux-powers and become just another dude going about his business. Super-villains and/or opera-detractors can sleep well, if only for a few months.
So while Milverine cools his well-worn heels and quietly awaits the return of balmy weather, another dude who just so happens to kinda-sorta look like the X-Men hero is taking the pseudo-superhero spotlight—and he officially has our Milvie beat for sheer awesomeness. Gizmodo and Geekologie have the story of the so-called “Mexican Wolverine,” a 22-year-old man named Ricardo Fuentes from Mexico City who has clearly modeled his entire appearance on the fictional Logan Howlett. Hair? Check. Leather jacket? Check. Cigar? Of course. Adamantium-reinforced skeleton and retractable claws? Maybe.
But the Mexican Wolverine is much more than a cosplayer gone bad—he’s an actual hero, having recently saved several of his coworkers after an explosion at the Pemex oil headquarters. Sadly, 37 people died in the accident, but the Mexican Wolverine’s good deeds are still being celebrated. Geekologie has this translation from a Mexican news source, recounting Fuentes’ reaction to being photographed on the scene:
“Just when I was helping these people I was photographed. Resembling the character was no coincidence, as a teenager I liked the character from the comics.”
“All my friends call me Logan, since I was in high school, this up here (his hair) I comb my hair back and leave alone, then I laugh at these situations in the office because I said that it seems I have horns head and I reply that my hair well so they do not see me,” he laughs.
But Ricardo believes that comparisons are unnecessary when a coincidence put several factors at a site.
“It’s not because I’ve got to find fame, then demanded it, was what was needed and the guy who took the picture could be or could not be and the same would have gone unnoticed, was a series of coincidences which are giving.”
While we certainly hope a similar tragedy never occurs in Milwaukee, it’s clear that Milverine needs to step up his game in order to regain the title as the world’s favorite Wolverine lookalike. At the very least, a crossover meeting of the two men seems to be in order. Just imagine the lucrative T-shirt opportunities.