Spider-Man doesn’t murder. No way. Not possible. Spider-Man murdering would be like Bob Ross yelling: terrible and frightening.
To keep Marvel’s Spider-Man on the straight and narrow, Insomniac put in plenty of safety measures. If he kicks an enemy off of a building, they are automatically webbed to a nearby wall. When you go check on an enemy that’s stuck to nearby scaffolding, you’ll see them wiggling around. Even in the web cocoons, thugs are out-of-commission but still very much alive.
But what about when Peter Parker throws motorcycles at people? Or slams a man face-first onto the sidewalk from nine feet in the air? Surely that’s murder, right?
No. It isn’t. And I’m here to justify why not as well as I possibly can. Because Spider-Man is DEFINITELY NOT murdering anyone.
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