Thanks to the useful wealth of spoilers that is Peter Parker’s actor, Tom Holland, we recently got an explanation for instant kill mode that was evident in a couple scenes of Homecoming.
In an interview at a recent red carpet event with HeyUGuys, he was asked whether he would,
“…wisecrack while getting chokeslammed by Thanos or use the “Instant Kill” function to save the universe”.
He replied saying,
“I don’t actually think the Instant Kill function does what everyone thinks it does, I think it simply just shuts off electricity. I actually don’t think it’s a killing piece of tech. I don’t think it is to murder people. I don’t think Tony Stark’s that dark.”
Which I may slightly disagree only because Tony has a history as a weapons manufacturer and has made an absurd number of suits with a variety of capabilities. However, I agree that Tony probably wouldn’t give a “murder mode” to a fifteen year old kid who at the time wasn’t even a year into having his powers.
This is interesting as it means the function works similarly to the EMP grenades that we saw in Black Panther and when considering some of his rogues gallery does employ technological weapons like Shocker, Doc Ock, The Goblin and his glider. It may have a purpose down the road.
He also followed up his answer by saying,
“I don’t know if Instant Kill would work on Thanos”
Which if what he states is true about what the function does, an electronic shut down would be pretty useless against the Mad Titan who can warp reality.
So it seems like we were all wrong and that “Instant Kill” wasn’t as literal as we thought it was. Hopefully we will see down the road what it is fully capable of and how Peter incorporates it with his arsenal of other Stark-gifted capabilities.
Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. Do you like that instant kill mode is actually, non-lethal? Strangely I kind of wish it was but within context it makes sense.
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