Hindsight, desperate to distance himself from them, began releasing their secret identities, and almost as many were killed by lynching as by the explosion in Stamford. When Cap refused to support the Superhuman Registration Act aboard the S. One supporter, however, was not yet public: Spider-Man was reluctant to reveal his identity.
Tony Stark (Iron Man) was among those working to prevent passage of the act.He even hired a new Titanium Man to attack him immediately after his testimony before the Commission on Superhuman Activities, hoping it would hammer home that the act would make the nation less capable of dealing with rogue or foreign superhuman threats. Other heroes joined them or were liberated after their arrests.In a battle between Nitro and the New Warriors, Nitro exploded, seemingly killing the entire team and a huge number of civilians (including 60 school children nearby).This led the United States government to introduce a "Living Weapon of Mass Destruction" registry for all super-powered individuals.The logical extension of the often-proposed, never-passed Mutant Registration Act, the Superhuman Registration Act arose following the devastating attack on Manhattan in reprisal for Nick Fury's "Secret War" Following M-Day, 90% of the Earth's mutant population found itself spontaneously depowered.
With the mutant population suddenly far less visible and extremist groups claiming the event marked a turn in the tide of growing mutantdom (if not divine punishment against all mutants), sympathy for the group was near an all-time low.The anti-registration camp seemed to be making headway, and may have even defeated the bill by the narrowest of margins, if not for the events that took place in Stamford, Connecticut. The Young Avengers, Cloak, and Dagger were some of these later heroes to join the group.Villains Nitro, Cobalt Man, Speedfreak, and Coldheart had been holed up in a house in Stamford when the New Warriors located them. Yet, she had no right to do so, for the Act had not been passed yet, so Captain America was not yet a superhuman illegal combatant. Iron Man, on the other hand, felt that it was reasonable that heroes have proper training and oversight, that the casual self-policing the superhero community had enjoyed until now was insufficient, and (most importantly) that it was now impossible to resist this change in the political landscape.Many of the remaining mutants -estimated at first at 198 individuals- were gathered up and forced to relocate to the Xavier Institute for their own protection.These events put public support for the registration bill at around 50%.Initially conflicted, he happened to meet a fleeing Aegis (Trey Rollins), who was being pursued by capekillers after stopping a purse-snatcher.