Superhuman Registration Act

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The Superhuman Registration Act is a law that features in Marvel Comics.



On the night before Registration, Iron Man and Carol Danvers went to the home of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones to convince the pair to register in accordance with the new law. They were warned that opposing it meant being unregistered and that this was grounds for them to be labelled as criminals that were to be arrested. The pair refused with Jessica going out of the States to Toronto with the pairs daughter Danielle to escape arrest whilst Luke decided to stay behind and fight. He fought against S.H.I.E.L.D. Capekillers with him nearly being overwhelmed until the neighbourhood supported him and Captain America with his Anti-Registration forces arrived to fight off the agents with Cage joining their ranks. (New Avengers v1 #22)


Under Section 53-A, Subsection I of the Act, an appointed agent was allowed to de-mask an unregistered superhero upon their arrest. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #550)


Alternate Versions

In other media


  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Superhuman Registration Act made numerous appearances in the animated television series. In the episode "Alone Against A.I.M.", Director Maria Hill attempted to get Tony Stark and the Avengers to submit to registration.
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Sokovia Accords was referenced in the live-action television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • In Marvel Future Avengers, superhero regulation law was referenced in the setting of the animated television series. It was proposed by Norman Osborn after the Hulk went rogue and began damaging the city whereupon he felt that the activities of superheroes had to be regulated. Despite opposition from Reiner of the World Security Council, the law went into motion as it quickly gained support from the public and key figures. It was eventually discovered that Osborn was secretly the masked supervillain called the Green Goblin and that he was using the law to remove opposition to his plans from heroes.


  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, registration made a number of appearances in the shared continuity setting.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, the Sokovia Accords appeared in the live-action film that referenced the events surrounding Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the destruction of Sokovia, the United Nation's looked towards passing a set of internationally ratified legal documents that provided regulation and a framework for military/law enforcement deployment of enhanced individuals. This required superhumans to register in order to continue operating with it becoming a dividing line in the Avengers between Captain America and Iron Man.

Video games

  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, the Superhuman Registration Act appeared in the video game. During a fight with the New Warriors, the supervillain Nitro detonated leading to the death of 600 civilians leading to the immediate implementation of the act against super-powered individuals. This creates a divide in the superhero community between those of Pro-Registration headed by Iron Man along with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Anti-Registration headed by Captain America with a resistance group called White Star. The Pro-Registration forces used nanotechnology on captured supervillains that bolstered their ranks whilst captured super-powered beings were detained in Prison 42. However, the nanotechnology developed sentience creating a hive-mind life form called the Fold that sought to take over the world leading to an end in the civil war.


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