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26 Post author: Qiaochu_Yuan 20 February 2013 08:34AM

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Comment author: MugaSofer 20 February 2013 01:11:03PM -1 points [-]

Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (Civil War comic arc): dedicates a lot of effort to the Superhero Registration Act, in order to make superheroes accountable for their actions. Is ultimately proven wrong, I guess.

Doesn't he act in characteristically supervillainish ways during that arc? Cloning Thor and all that. </nitpick>

Comment author: Bugmaster 20 February 2013 07:56:53PM 0 points [-]

He does, it's true, I forgot it was him who did that. In Iron Man's case, thinking like a supervillain had worked out... poorly.

Comment author: MugaSofer 21 February 2013 03:03:57PM -2 points [-]

IIRC, there was an Elseworlds comic where he acted slightly differently and it worked out fine. It was framed with a Mysterious Stranger offering to show him what would have happened if he chose differently, as I recall. So it was just bad luck, I guess?

Comment author: Bugmaster 21 February 2013 08:52:11PM 0 points [-]

I don't know, I haven't read the Elseworlds version. People tend to make their own luck though, good or bad...

Comment author: MugaSofer 25 February 2013 07:31:31PM -1 points [-]

checks

If he hadn't threatened Captain America just before Clor went crazy, Cap would have joined forces with him to fight the Thor clone, ended up joining the pro-registration side, and he's so damn trustworthy that everyone would have signed up. So yeah, it was basically karma.

Oh, and it was actually a What If?, not an Elseworlds. Those are DC, aren't they?