Christopher Robichaud, a philosopher, answers the following question: Does Peter Park Have a Moral Responsibility to Be Spider-Man?
Walking down that path, I think that Peter is morally permitted to choose a career in science and a relationship with Mary Jane over a career as the wallcrawler. Most of us take seriously the importance of having the freedom to choose among various life pursuits. Given my argumentative inclinations, I might have made a great prosecutor and spent decades putting away guilty parties, perhaps some who otherwise would have walked and caused more harm. I chose education instead, as a professional philosopher. I like to think I’m doing good, but let’s suppose it’s not as much good as I would have done as a prosecutor. Am I doing something wrong by remaining a philosopher, then? It sure doesn’t seem so. Just as we think there is moral importance to bringing about good, we also think there is moral value to having the choice as far as what good we want to bring about, and how much sacrifice we’re willing to make in order to bring about that good.
Of course, having superpowers and not using them (or at least not using them as a superhero) may not be immoral, but it’s certainly less exciting. Except when Iron Man decides to dance:
A final question: is being a supervillain (that is, a villain with superpowers, or one who fits superheroes) more immoral than being a regular villain?