Nrama: It might be too probably reading too much into it, but with the cutaway, and only Captain America out and out saying that Spidey killed Massacre, is he definitely dead, or is there some deliberate ambiguity there?
Slott: Massacre's dead. I think what people are reading as ambiguous is what we can show you in a Spider-Man comic. We can't show you brain matter shooting out of the back of a head.
Early on in "Big Time," there's this sequence where Montana falls to his death as the Fisk towers crumble. Editor Steve Wacker went to me, "Are we really killing Montana? This is a Lee/Ditko character." I'm like, "Uh, Terrible Tinkerer finds him, builds him a robot body, he's a robot cowboy now." "That's what happens?" Sure. Am I ever going to do that story? No. But someone could.
If someone did a story where Massacre came back, I wouldn't blink. The Hand found him, and did their Hand ritual on him! Now he's back! Who cares? But as long as I'm on the book, he got shot through the head.