I am currently working on a super hero short story in which a hockey player (the protagonist) suffers a brain injury in the first scene which leaves him in eternal pain. In the quickest explanation possible of his powers: this injury becomes his super power when he realizes he cant feel it when people punch him since he is already in pain.
What are the psychological ramifications, for both the protagonist and audience, if the injury inflicted is an accident versus a malicious attack by another character?
The big thing I can see for the character would be in one example he has a specific person(s) to blame, in the other example he has no one to blame and might be angry at a god or something similar.
I'd like to hear the pros and cons relating to plot and character development for these two scenarios as it would apply to his condition and which is the more likely scenario that would lead him to becoming a vigilante?
Extra info that I am not sure will affect answers: a) I am shooting for a "PG-13" rating. The person who inspired this story is only 14 and I want it to be an appropriate story for that age group. b) It will be a graphic novel and not a traditional prose piece.