There has been much discussion of late concerning the use of lethal force by “superheroes” in comics, TV and movies.
It’s one thing when “antiheroes” such as Deadpool and the Punisher kill. They are far more morally dark characters so it is not unusual to see them kill.
But there are characters who we associate with not killing like Superman, Spider-Man and Batman though in their long histories in print and on screen, they are responsible for deaths. It may not be murder in some cases, but manslaughter still ends with the same result: a dead body. In some cases, it could be considered self-defense but the result is still the same.
I look at Marvel’s Secret Invasion event from a few years back. Heroes were killing Skrulls left and right without a second thought. The Skrulls were sentient beings, not mindless robots.
Should it be considered acceptable that heroes kill or at least let someone die? Or should the hero always make every effort to see no one dies? When they are dealing with and invading force like Secret Invasion, should it become “rules of war” and all bets are off?
The times and attitudes have changed over the course of many characters’ existence. Are we at a point where it is okay for any character to kill, regardless of the medium they are appearing in?