Another day, another petition. Unfortunately, TV shows, movies, and video games all have passionate fanbases behind them, and for better or for worse, disgruntled enthusiasts are always ready to complain, make ridiculous demands, and hurl insults at showrunners, directors, and writers, proving that some fandoms have become way too entitled and toxic.
In the past month, petition culture has hit a new low – campaigns popped up to replace Brie Larson as Captain Marvel with a person of color, remake the final season of Game of Thrones, and remove Robert Pattinson from the DCEU, where he was recently confirmed to be taking on the role of Batman.
While we obviously understand some supporters are generally upset with the direction their favorite franchises and series are heading in, it’s a little hard to take these campaigns seriously, and thankfully, it seems like most of Hollywood’s creative talent has chosen to ignore them as a whole. Of course, that won’t slow the fans down, as evidenced by a recent petition to resurrect one of the MCU’s most important characters.
As reported by multiple outlets, one “devoted” (I use this term loosely) individual has taken it upon herself to create a campaign in an effort to bring back Iron Man. The petition, which was started over at Change.org, is the brainchild of one Méline Loiseau and has already racked up close to 50,000 signatures. That being said, it’s been live for over a month at this point, so it’s not the runaway success some might have envisioned.
Méline’s initial pitch reads as follows:
MCU’s Tony deserves to come back fully alive. Tony Stark was always ready to risk his life, suffer, and sacrifice himself for anyone, without ever receiving anything in return. Since the beginning, since he was a kid. He can never be happy, and when he finally got what he always wanted, and deserved, his wife, his daughter, his family.. he died. He didn’t deserve this and it’s not fair, after everything he’s been through, and done for everyone, he deserves to live and see his daughter grow up.
He has helped so many people (in the mcu and in our world), he has helped people to live (including me) to overcome their problems, to accept themselves, to face life. He’s so important. He saved our lives and it’s our turn to save him.
We love him so much. We love him 3000. Without him, now, we are totally lost. For many people, he was their reason to live and hold on in life.
As has become standard for most “fan demand” petitions, the campaign to resurrect Iron Man will likely go unnoticed (and ignored) by the creative team at Marvel, but we’re interested to see just how much support this one can gain. If you have a prediction of how many signatures it’ll gather, be sure to let us know in the comments below.