#920: Dormammu! I Have Come to Arbitrate!

April 27th, 2018

Like a blogging Ghostbuster, I tend not to cross the streams.

While I’m proud of my professional life as editor of a legal trade magazine, aside from a few nods to working in news, I try not to mention work here or blog there. But a story I edited this week — and the impending cinematic thunderkick of “Avengers: Infinity War” dropping today — is too good to pass up.

Reporter David Thomas talked to lawyers to ask how much deep legal muck a real-life superhero would be in.

Among the things Dave learned:

  • Police could use illegally obtained evidence from Spider-Man but not from Captain America.
  • Iron Man breaks export control law every time he leaves the country.
  • Dormammu’s best recourse against Doctor Strange is in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • You could sue both Diamondbackand Luke Cage for trashing your van.
  • Loki’s scepter is likely a UN-protected item of cultural significance.
  • Like a superheroic Lethal Weapon 2, Black Panther has diplomatic immunity.
  • I am Groot.
  • Good Samaritan laws don’t protect crimefighters.
  • Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents is a real thing in the real world.
  • Captain Barrington Township isn’t.

So read the story, ogle the amazing Kirby-esque art by Alexis Ziritt and I’ll be back Monday with — if weather cooperates — a look at a mass grave for Cubs fans. Excelsior!

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