Science may have tried to take our beloved Spider-Man away from us, but my god if science didn’t just give him back! Although, just be prepared, because he is slightly slower than we probably all remember him.
It was just a few weeks ago on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that we heard about a study from Cambridge University that said it would be “scientifically impossible for Spider-Man to walk on walls.” It was not news that Colbert took very well.
However, American heroes/scientists from Stanford University responded to the study with a little Spider-Man-influenced creation of their own. To disprove the Cambridge University’s claim that a man-sized creature could not get enough adhesion from their hands to cling to a wall, they sent in a video of them using a little invention: “Spider-Man gloves” that allow a human to climb a glass wall.
Uh, I mean, yeah, on its own those gloves are really cool. It’s just that…they don’t seem very conducive to saving people. Or being a superhero.
Or making it to the second floor before it gets dark out.
At the very least, we now know that multiple institutions of learning around the globe are dedicating their real time and real energy into a fictional superhero that gained his powers after being bitten by a spider. When the ice caps melt we’ll have enough to worry about, so I’m glad we can put this debate to rest so it isn’t another thing to deal with later.
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