In the Marvel Universe, while mutants argue that they are human and deserve the same rights, the Slash Film website notes how the company's lawyers are actually insisting the opposite for financial reasons.
In the non-fictional world, our world, Marvel is taking the position that mutants are not humans at all. But this isn't an ideological or a moral stance. Instead, it is a financial one. Toys manufactured in other countries and imported into the US are subject to taxes, but those taxes are lower if the toys represent non-human characters. That has led to Marvel lawyers arguing that an action figure representing, say, Wolverine, is actually "representing animals or other non-human creatures (for example, robots and monsters)." This argument leads to a good conversation on the questions of humanity and acceptance that have long been part of the X-Men storyline.
I didn't know there were different taxes pending the type of toy one was importing.
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