The X-Men Are Not Human Under Real U.S. Law. No, Seriously.

As we all know, a big part of the X-Men continuity is whether or not mutants are people or some freaky new species that has to be destroyed with giant robots as part of the U.S. Government’s commitment, in the 616, to solve problems in a more awesome and impractical way.

What you may not know is that in actual, honest-to-god, U.S. law, the X-Men are not humans. Seriously. There’s a ruling on it and everything!

It’s a little complicated, but the ruling came about over X-Men toys. Thanks to a quirk in U.S. import law, if it’s a “doll”, it’s got a tariff twice as high as a “toy”. And the X-Men were ruled to be “toys” because they, well, weren’t human.

This podcast has a much more detailed look at it, but we guess that kind of settles all those registration arguments once and for all.

[ via ComicsAlliance ]