Superheroes and Super Villains Who Use Guns
Guns? Superheroes with guns? Super Villains with guns? Should they even have guns or should they be banned? Growing up, superheroes did not have guns, they used their fists to fight and they used their willpower to fight with those fists. Then Iron Man came along and he fights with his fists, but also with gunfire every now and again and with other forms of fighting with machinery. Falcon also sometimes uses forms of fire or gunfire but does fight with his fists every now and again. There are some superheroes that use the ability to have both – most of them, of course, have military backgrounds. But, even with the military background, should superheroes use guns or super villains?
What Does Superheroes Using Guns Mean?
Daredevil does not use guns, he uses his fist and he is legally blind. Superheroes such as Black Panther, though, do use guns. And, Black Panther has been around a long time. But, at the same time he is known for using anything that requires armed and unarmed combat. Villains such as the Punisher do use guns and do use force by any means possible. Then again, he is a villain and villains have more control over what they use for that villainry. Superheroes are meant to be perceived as good guys, someone who saves the world the right way and that is why they tend to use fists a lot of the time. Villains are meant to be perceived as bad, automatically, so when they use guns we see that as something that is ‘the norm.’ Some of the anti-heroes also use guns, because they are that borderline of both the hero and the villain.
Should guns be used? Could that be the reason why millennials are mostly anti-guns when it comes to the political sense? Superheroes had fists when the millennial age was around in the 90’s and nowadays with the generations after us, they tend to use more guns as well as the baby boomers. The baby boomers had guns in TV shows and actions films that led them to believe that it was the norm. But, the millennials do not have much of that. So, what makes a superhero that uses a gun special? What makes them better than Captain America who does not use guns? There may not be much of anything that makes them better. The fight is not a fight when one has a gun and the other does not. Because, ultimately, you have a winner and it will be the superhero or villain with the gun. Human Torch throws fireballs, would you deem that as something that also uses other tactics to win? Despite him being an awesome character.
Superheroes and Super Villains Who Use Guns
First and foremost, Rocket Racoon – who is a prime supporter of using guns in any way shape or form. Granted, he is a raccoon so does he have the ability to defend himself without the gun? That is a question for anyone who enjoys Rocket Raccoon. Should Rocket use guns in order to defend himself as a superhero, he is with one of the most popular superhero groups Guardians of the Galaxy who stand for good and not bad. Do guns represent bad or do they represent different things depending on who is using the weapon? That latter could suffice more so than any of the other rhetorical questions because if a good guy is using a gun it would mean that they were using it for good, as opposed to the opposite. So what do we make of that? Should we say, as readers, no guns universally – or break it up between villains and heroes?
War Machine also uses guns as well, the super sidekick of Iron Man. How are we supposed to feel about that? Considering he was made for and by the government, it would seem ‘right’ that he would use guns. If you use this as a political standpoint, the government would give War Machine guns because of the fact that he needs to be on his defense at all times. And, what defends better than a gun, according to the government? But, War Machine also has automatic targeting – so, that alone give him more leverage than Rocket Raccoon depending on how good Rocket Racoon is at aiming.
We all know the use of guns when it comes to villains, but Crossbones is a good example of that. In Winter Soldier and Civil War, Crossbones uses different methods of guns and explosives. You don’t seem to think anything of that because he is a villain. He is supposed to be the bad guy, so for certain generations or for certain readers they don’t deem that as something that is weird or out of place. The villain is supposed to seem like the bad guy and that is what a gun does to that particular character. It is different seeing someone like War Machine using guns, you don’t really recognize it until you see he is using them. He is one of the good guys, one of the biggest good guys and it is weird that he would use violence in a manner such as using guns to defend himself. Rocket Raccoon was a mercenary before he was a good guy, so you can’t really say anything about Rocket.
Hellboy is another interesting example of a superhero who uses guns, but he also has a resistance to injury and a healing factor. So, in this instance would you approve of Hellboy using guns? Why would he, in particular, need to use guns for defense? This is one of those superheroes that you don’t really know how to go about because at the same time he can never really die, so why does he need guns? It’s that thin line. Gun control for superheroes all around, even ones tho don’t need it or for no one to use guns as far as superheroes go and only villains have that ability.
There is also Cable who uses guns as well as Deadpool. Cable is a character who has used guns since he was created. But, then again, Cable also uses any defense mechanism needed in order to eliminate his opponent. Cable has never been a character who has wanted to use just his fists, that is not the kind of superhero he is. By the time he was a superhero he was fairly older in age it seemed (he might’ve not been) but he has grey hair. Based on how his age appears to be, would it be safe to say he needs guns to protect himself as well as others he is fighting for? It is that thin line again. The use of guns with superheroes and who should and should not use them or have the ability to get them. Should they all be trained to use them? Yes. But should they?
Deadpool being a mercenary, of course, he would use a gun in every instance. He is known to be a huge anti-hero in the world of Marvel and he plays by his own rules. So, telling Deadpool not to use a gun would be like telling Ant-Man to stop being so tiny. He is going to do it no matter what and no matter how he gets a hold of it. Should Deadpool use guns? It depends. He is a hero, but he is also a villain. So, based on that it’s another thin line. He also has that healing factor, so does he deserve to use one? If he has the ability to heal himself in a matter of hours or days, why should he be able to carry a gun?
Should Superheroes and Super Villains Use Guns?
That is the question that needs to be answered. There are superheroes that use guns and there are some that don’t and that just depends on how their character development has progressed and where they have came from. Most superheroes that use guns did not just start using guns, they have used them since the beginning. But that blurred line of should superheroes use guns or strictly just villains is a question that has a difficult answer. Politically, even, that goes to show that bad people should be able to use guns and not good people? So, the answer to that question can be answered in a lot of different ways. How would you answer it?
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