How Would The U.S Government Deal With a Superhero?
Growing up I believe at some point every one of us has thought how cool it would be to be a superhero. We admire them, want to grow up just like them, we want the powers and the ability to just feel like a good guy. However, the one question the one question that needs addressing is how would a government and in this case weíll say the United States government respond to an everyday superhero? Now for argument sake Iíll not make this superhero have any particular powers and for now Iíll say there is only one superhero who is doing typical superhero activities such as helping catch criminals, aiding when disasters arise, etc.
Personally I feel that the U.S government would not take kindly to the creation of a Superhero. Now this may seem surprising considering in theory our government wants nothing but the best for us however the legal ramifications of a Superhero could be huge. As we have seen throughout time a Superhero typically launches a miniature ďassaultĒ on a given villain before making sure they are incapacitated and canít fight. However, in legal terms is this not assault? Is this not an attack on personal rights considering the superhero is attacking firstly without authorization and secondly without evidence not to mention that this superhero would most likely not be registered as an actual authority figure in the U.S government? Now this leads to the initial question how would the government react to such an action. Would they swoop in and grant special authoritative rights to this superhero or could the superhero be chastised for in theory breaking the laws of the country?
Personally I think the U.S government would initially be grateful for a superhero however thereís always going to be those who preach that if weíre made equal then we should all have equal laws. Would the government try and restrict this superhero into doing only what they ask of him? As seen in Marvel Comics with the Mutant Registration Act this is what the government wanted and is something that caused a civil war amongst mutants. Now I realize in this scenario there would only be one superhero but should the government actually be allowed to control someone who is granted special gifts. I ask all these hypothetical questions because I donít have answers, clearly in comics and in real life restricting the sovereignty of a human being causes indisputable conflict. Clearly having to register with a government and them controlling when you could use your powers would be a controversial subject and something that I feel would be greatly debated. Also as seen mentioned before in comics what if someone doesnít want to be saved? Last year on a vacation in the Bahamas I aided in a situation where someone was drowning in the water and the oddity of the situation was having to ask can I save you? Can I touch you? Would the government allow someone to have full control over if someone should be saved? Clearly the answer most would say is sure a superhero should be able to save. Iím not quite certain of that either.
Clearly, when dealing with superheroes itís not cookie cutter clear what a government would do. Should the superhero become a military weapon, a sovereign protector, or a government controlled agent? All of these could be argued for or argued against and I donít think thereís a clear answer. But for sure there are many opinions and Iím curious as to what is yours?