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> He was selfish because the costs of registration impact him, not the common citizen.
That’s easy to say. Not being anonymous not only invites threat to even your downtime, but can make your downtime so stressful that it’s hard to keep up or stay alive at your superhero job. A dead superhero is useless to the common citizen and an unmotivated/weary superhero is less useful to the common citizen. Most supers will bad intentions are not going to register anyway, so the main supers that registration affect are good supers, those who the common citizen has less reason to know their identities anyway. I can easily see a person willing to be a superhero if they can remain anonymous but not otherwise. Selfish or not, it’s their choice what they’re willing to sacrifice to protect the common citizen, and registration makes life harder for good supers – sometimes to the extent of their lives or willingness to be a superhero – while not impacting bad supers nearly as much. Sure, registration is going to save some lives, but how many lives would be lost for the supers who scale back their superhero work, perform their superhero work less well, or are dead as a direct result of registration?
The registration list can be used by any super villain or villain organization to go after any super hero at any time, even in the dead of night, including those supers who are not as fortunate as Tony Stark to have billions of dollars invested in protecting him at all times, or Peter Parker who has spidey-sense. Seriously registration is such a bad fucking idea to the entire notion of superheros. The entire superhero culture would change immediately for the worst, starting with many supers deciding not to register and dropping their superhero dayjobs to avoid conflict with the law/Tony Stark tyrannical regimes. They would just live the rest of their lives in obscurity. Whew, got a little rant-y there for a moment, forgive me.
All the focus in the conversation has been put on preventing bad supers from doing bad things with little focus on enabling good supers to do good things, which is especially troubling because most bad supers can just avoid registration anyway.
>Yeah, it could be handled different, but he reacted on emotion instead of taking the time to analyze the situation. He went rogue two weeks before congress voted on the measure. He didn’t supply input, he just reacted because he didn’t like the idea.
Cap did plenty of things the wrong way, but that doesn’t mean his main position was wrong. The registration law was rash, not well thought out or planned out, little was made in the way of concessions to supers who would have to register, and the law was overly-aggressively enforced.