The Sokovia Accords had an impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the Avengers and other superheroes subject to its various laws and restrictions. The Sokovia Accords, first seen in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, are the MCU’s version of the Superhero Registration Act, which first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Civil War storyline.
To this day, the Sokovia Accords remain the rule of the land in the MCU, including the most distant points in the chronology seen thus far, WandaVision, Ant-man and the Wasp, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
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[This article contains spoilers for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Episode 8]
How did Sokovia Accords come into effect in the MCU?
The Sokovia Accords: Framework for the Registration and Deployment of Enhanced Individuals were inspired by a failed Avengers operation in Lagos, Nigeria in 2016. Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) utilized her powers to stop Brock Rumlow from committing suicide and hurting others by detonating an explosive device in a public market at the start of Captain America: Civil War.
Rumlow burst next to a building after Maximoff underestimated her magic, killing 26 people, including 11 Wakandan relief workers. Soon after, Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross delivered the Sokovia Accords to the Avengers. The Accords, which were ratified by 117 countries, including the United States, Germany, and Wakanda, were intended to establish responsibility for all “enhanced” (i.e. superhuman) individuals, with a particular emphasis on the Avengers and their operations.
Several of the Avengers, including Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), saw the necessity of the Sokovia Accords and decided to sign on, the most vocal opponent was Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans). Baron Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) then used the rift between the Avengers to split the superhero squad apart.
MCU’s Sokovia Accords are no more
The most recent episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law was the most awaited one as it included fan-favorite Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock. While representing Luke Jacobson against Eugene Patilio, alias Leap-Frog, the fan-favorite lawyer ended up battling toe-to-toe with Jennifer Walters in court. However, it is not the case itself that has become the most problematic aspect of the situation. Instead, Murdock nonchalantly drops this nugget “the Sokovia Accords have been repealed”.
While the accords have been last mentioned in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we might get to see what exactly happened to them in the Thunderbolts. Without the Accords, one would imagine that the Avengers would be up and running, but there haven’t been any indications of that. Perhaps Captain America: New World Order will investigate the superhero organization in this new world order.
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