Captain America will Fight for your Civil Liberties

200703221755Captain America is dead. At least in the current Marvel timeline.

What I found interesting is how he took a stand against he US government in favor of civil liberties.

Apparently, terrorists attacked a school and in response the US government decided to require that all super heroes register their powers including their real identity.

In the 2006 Civil War crossover, Captain America opposes mandatory federal registration of all super-powered beings and leads the Anti-Registration faction and resistance movement. He becomes a fugitive and opposes the heroes of the Pro-Registration movement, including his former friend Iron Man. He adopts the alias “Brett Hendrick”, a mall security guard, to avoid government detection. As the War continues, Cap works with several people he might not ally himself with under less extreme circumstances such as the Punisher (though he does not condone the man’s willingness to kill) and the Kingpin (albeit reluctantly). At the climax of a battle between Registration and resistance proponents, realizing that his fight against the Registration Act is endangering civilians, Cap removes and drops his mask, surrendering as Steve Rogers.


Apparently this is part of a series called Civil War:

The act requires any person in the United States with superhuman abilities to register with the federal government, (which includes revealing his/her true identity to the authorities), and receive proper training. Those who sign also have the option of working for S.H.I.E.L.D., earning a salary and benefits such as those earned by other American civil servants. Characters within the superhuman community in the Marvel Universe split into two groups: one group advocating the registration as a responsible obligation and the other group opposing the law on the grounds that it violates civil rights and the protection that secret identities provide. Some compare the act to a form of slavery. Others compare it to the way police and soldiers must operate. The genesis for this idea sprang from conversations between Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis, and Bryan Hitch.[2] Within the story the adoption of sides by characters builds into the titular “civil war”. Although the series can be read as allegorical commentary in the wake of 9/11 and The Patriot Act, writer Mark Millar has noted:

“The political allegory is only for those that are politically aware. Kids are going to read it and just see a big superhero fight.”

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