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If I Pass This Way Again – Iron Man’s Real Reason for Supporting His Side in Civil War

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If I Pass This Way Again – Iron Man’s Real Reason for Supporting His Side in Civil War

Every installment of this feature is about odd comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced.

Today, we look at Iron Man’s secretive “real” reason for supporting the Superhuman Registration Act in Civil War.

The first time we see Iron Man discuss the Superhuman Registration Act was in Amazing Spider-Man #530 (by J. Michael Straczynski and Jay Leisten), when he goes to Washington D.C. with his new protegee, Peter Parker, to try to convince Congress NOT to pass the law…

While there, Tony testifies and Peter butts in…

Later, Tony testifies some more…

In the following issue (by J. Michael Straczynski, Tyler Kirkham and Sal Regla), Tony actually pays the Titanium Man to attack him so that he could trick Congress into not pursuing the Superhuman Registration Act, as Titanium Man clearly states that the bad guys would love for the government to register their superheroes…

However, the bad public relations of the Stamford incident clearly tip the law back in favor of the act.

In Civil War #1 (by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines), the mother of one of the victims of the Stamford incident berates Iron Man…

When heroes are discussing the issue later in #1, Iron Man seems to be down with the Act just as a matter of principle…

At the end of the first issue, Iron Man embraces the Act wholly with the government.

That support continues in the following issue…

For the rest of the series, Iron Man is pretty much gung ho on the Superhuman Registration Act being the right thing.

However, late in the series, one one-shot delivered an up-to-this-point hidden reason behind Iron Man’s backing of the Act. Go to the next page to find out what it was!

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