Super fans of the Marvel and DC universes may be happy to see their fave superheroes living side by side, in perfect harmony, but a Mexican park dedicated to the members of the Justice League and Avengers is raising eyebrows. Cinthya Montalvo Pérez, the mayor of Ixhuatlancillo – a municipality in Veracruz – created, essentially, an ode to the vigilantes with life-size figures at a park in Las Sirenas. Dubbed Los Superhéroes, the park features Batman, Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man.
The figures were revealed on December 21. “I feel very happy, because I’m a fan of these superheroes,” Montalvo, who wore a Batman shirt to the unveiling, said, according to Animal Politico. The superheroes cost about $20,000 and reportedly came from a Fondo de Fortalecimiento Municipal.
Montalvo, who has received a lot of backlash, argues that the park is there to bring smiles to children’s faces. But with the money coming from a fund designed to improve the conditions for a community, many wonder if that money wouldn’t have been put to better use in other ways. Ixhuatlancillo has a large indigenous population. Historically, indigenous populations are among the most disenfranchised.
As such, some criticized the move. Check out a few reactions below:
Porque los #SuperHeroes lo valen…OkNo
La alcaldesa de Ixhuatlancillo, Veracruz, invirtió 360 mil pesos del… https://t.co/SbPCWPKFBR
— América Rdz (@AmeRdzz) January 2, 2018
— Ramón DLS (@monchodls) December 31, 2017
Ixhuatlancillo es un pueblo en Veracruz, México en donde el 60.4% de la población vive en pobreza y el 14% en pobreza extrema, y sus autoridades municipales acaban de inaugurar el parque de los Advengers. https://t.co/XB3WgKHloR
— Ammyt (@Yossicha) December 30, 2017