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At the end of Man of Steel, Superman breaks the neck of General Zod. My question is, how could he do that so easily? And why did none of the Kryptonians think about doing that to him? Especially, considering that they are a lot more ruthless and don't pay attention to morality, etc.

To be honest, I was a little confused when Superman broke Zod's neck because I thought it is not possible.

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noted. sorry :) –  BreakALeg Jun 18 '13 at 23:04
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Superman is not a killer, however capable he is of the deed, it's never his intention. In general Zod's case, he knew no other way to stop him but to kill him once he had him in the position to break his neck. Superman's evolution on earth had rendered him more powerful than Zod, but not as skilled of a fighter. After seeing no end to the constant bludgeoning between them, it left him with no other choice...and this is why he cried out after doing so.

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Zod does say at one point - "I was born a warrior. I have had a life of training and adapting" and he proceeds to hover. But the point is that, he was still learning to function in Earth's environment whereas Kal has 33 years to do the same thing. I think it is very safe to say Kal was more powerful than Zod.

You may ask, how come the last fight took so long then? Again, this is the first time Kal is engaging in battle whereas Zod has probably been in numerous battles. So it was a good match but in the end, adaptability won.

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Superman was more powerful than Zod. In one scene Zor-El says to Zod that his son was twice the man he is. He also states that due to living on Earth, adapting to Earth's environment, his son has become more powerful. So Superman had the strength which other Kryptonians didn't have and that is why he could break Zod's neck.

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I would expand and say it's due to the amount of time he's spent on earth! –  Liath Jun 18 '13 at 7:59
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I think he meant more powerful in a mental matter, saying that his son has more morality than the war-born Zod. Physically I'd say they were pretty much matched –  TylerShads Jun 18 '13 at 12:48
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being twice the man has moral implications rather than strength –  kicker86 Jun 22 '13 at 17:09
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It's just the case of adaptability to earths environment and also evolution. It made Superman powerful as his skin soaks in the sun's radiation unlike Zod's. Also, a human can break a fellow human's neck but not a dinosaur's, similarly a Kryptonian breaks another Kryptonian.

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I'd venture to argue that it's possible for a human to break a dino's neck, just would be harder. –  TylerShads Jun 18 '13 at 12:51
    
we have seen jurassic park and godzilla @TylerShads but I intend to say with bare hands.. –  Yasasvee Atreya Jun 30 '13 at 3:01
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Superman doesn't kill anyone. DC Comics and Christopher Nolan were not convinced with what Goyer and Snyder had come up with but later they approved of that move. Superman is powerful on Earth than Zod but in many ways Zod is stronger than him. Superman did not want to kill him because he just wanted to stop him from doing what he wanted to and both of them wanted Krypton to be build but Zod wanted to do it on Earth, killing all humans which Kal-El disapproved of.

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Not exactly sure what kind of point this is trying to get across. –  TylerShads Jun 27 '13 at 13:07
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Kryptonians on earth are immensely powerful, not invincible, not immortal. Kal-El was able to snap Zod's neck because he alone had the power to do so. As to why Zod could not do it- It requires great skill and power to twist someone's neck. This cannot be done easily and requires some sort of a lock on the opponent. Kal-El never had any fight experience, while Zod was a veteran. Though their powers were on a similar level, Kal-El would always be more powerful due to the long exposure of sun on his body. Zod was barely granted powers and he could take on Superman. While Kal-El always refrained from his powers at a mental level. The scene where Zod tries to kill those people with his eye-lasers, sent Kal-El into a mental desperation to stop him. Not wanting to be a repeat of the situation where Uncle Kent died, Kal-El used all he had to try and stop Zod.

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I think them being indoors could be significant, in direct sunlight they seem evenly matched but out of the sun Superman would retain his powers whereas Zod would diminish slightly and become vulnerable.

This is what I'm hoping, otherwise he should've snapped all their necks before they made a real mess of Earth!

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What make you to come to this conclusion? –  Ankit Sharma Jun 23 '13 at 17:58
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