Spoiler Alert! Tom Holland returned in Avengers: Endgame as the Amazing Spider-Man intent on defeating Thanos and his cronies but seems to be receiving a lot of criticism for it.
Do people have a problem with the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man killing? Spider-Man during the final battle in the Endgame was required to keep the infinity Gauntlet away from Thanos and his army. Spidey, in an unprecedented move, activated his instant kill mode which was jokingly featured in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
On activation, Spidey’s appearance completely darkens and he quite frankly looks more like a villain than a hero, with darkened eye-pieces and waldoes that stab and kill anything that comes to close. Spidey leaves a trail of bodies as he moves through the battlefield.
This act bred outrage with many Spider-Man fans since Spidey, like Batman, is known to have a no kill rule. Even though Spider-Man has killed a handful of times in his comics, these cases are both rare and irregular stories that are generally ignored by the wider universe. Additionally, for each of Spidey’s kills in the universe, the hero felt extreme guilt and the weight of his action where as in Endgame his kills were born out of a running joke. This leads fans to believe that Spider-Man has been cleaved in two: one aspect is our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and the other is an entirely darker killing machine, making him more akin to the dark knight than himself. Spider-Man’s no kill rule has endured in all his movie adaptions and has been a defining aspect of his chapter, and to move from that to an instant kill robot seems to be too drastic of a change.
Alternatively, one can argue that the circumstances which lead to Spidey’s use of lethal force were called for since he quite literally had the future of humanity on his shoulders in addition to his enemies not being human. It seems that Spider-Man has joined all the other ‘heroes’ of the Marvel Universe who go about killing without guilt or remorse.