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If I Pass This Way Again – The Secret Villain Behind Civil War

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If I Pass This Way Again – The Secret Villain Behind 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 the mysterious villain who helped orchestrate the events that led to Marvel’s Civil War.

The other day, I showed how precarious the state of the Superhuman Registration Act was in the months leading up to Marvel’s Civil War.

In Amazing Spider-Man #531 (by J. Michael Straczynski, Tyler Kirkham and Sal Regla), we see that Tony Stark actually paid Titanium Man to 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…

That’s how close things were. Some bad publicity would tip things over into the side of registering superheroes and some not so bad publicity would likely leaves things where they are.

As you all know, the tipping point came in Civil War #1 (by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines)…

So that seems straightforward, right?

Here’s the thing, though. Nitro has always been a powerful villain, but he hasn’t been THAT powerful. Heck, in the previous storyline featuring Nitro, look what he does, in Daredevil #26 (by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev)…

In Wolverine #43 (by Marc Guggenheim, Humberto Ramos and Cesar Cuervas), Wolverine hunts down Nitro…

Earlier in that same issue, we see Nitro speaking to someone mysterious…

And in the following issue, Nitro explains to Wolverine how he was able to do what he did…

So who gave it to him?

Go to the next page to find out!

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