Death is viewed as something of a revolving door in the world of comic books, with characters seemingly dying and subsequently being resurrected on the regular. Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski detailed the process that goes into making the decision to kill off a particular character in the Marvel universe.
"You know, death is a part of comic book universes, particularly a part of the Marvel universe," Cebulski said at a convention in Sweden. "Every character has been killed off and come back at some time or the other. We always say there are two characters that will never come back and that's Gwen Stacy and Uncle Ben. We even said back in the day that Bucky would never come back and now we have the Winter Soldier."
"But the process of killing off a character is not an easy one, and a lot of people think death is something that we don't take seriously in the Marvel universe but it really is," he continued. "There's a lot of debates that happen because if a writer suggests that we should kill a character, it always has to be story driven first. It can't just be for shock value and normally it's a decision that we have between first the writer and the editor and then the writer and the editorial team, so the process of killing off a character really is a group decision, and it's made always with the best story in mind."
Cebulski also explained that while characters have been resurrected in the past, that doesn't mean that was necessarily always the intention, saying, "A lot of people think that, 'Oh, well Marvel killed someone,' so they think they know that character is going to come back eventually and that's not true. Sometimes when we kill characters we really think they are dead for good."