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Spider-Man would need size 114 shoes to stick to walls, scientists say


Continuing a centuries-long crusade to crush childhood fantasies, science has determined that Spider-Man as we know him couldn’t actually exist. It turns out the superhero’s body is far too big, and his hands and feet way too small, to permit him to adhere to surfaces, making that “wall-crawler” moniker pretty tough to pull off.

Well, it’s not only Spider-Man, whose body and feet seem to be normal-sized, but all humans (sorry, Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Silk, et al). There goes the Spider-Verse.

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia determined that Spider-Man couldn’t do whatever a spider can — specifically, scale walls — unless 40 percent of his body was covered in sticky pads, and he possessed enormous feet.

What qualifies as “enormous”? Try size 114 shoes. Add to that roughly 43-inch hands.

“We’d need about 40 percent of our total body surface, or roughly 80 percent of our front, to be covered in sticky footpads if we wanted to do a convincing Spider-Man impression,” explained Dr. David Labonte, Cambridge University’s Department of Zoology.

Those evolutionary limits leave geckos (significantly smaller than Spider-Man) as the largest creature that can adhere to walls and ceilings, followed by tree frogs and, yes, spiders.

That darned Parker Luck strikes again!

(via BBC News)



Yabbut, geckos don’t have radioactive blood.

CheckMATE, science!

Life, and super powers, finds a way.

It’s physics, b!tches!

Wall-Crawling: Spider-Man’s exposure to the mutated spider venom induced a mutagenic, cerebellum-wide alteration of his engrams resulting in the ability to mentally control the flux of inter-atomic attraction (electrostatic force) between molecular boundary layers. This overcomes the outer electron shell’s normal behavior of mutual repulsion with other outer electron shells and permits the tremendous potential for electron attraction to prevail. The mentally controlled sub-atomic particle responsible for this has yet to be identified. This ability to affect the attraction between surfaces is so far limited to Spider-Man’s body (especially concentrated in his hands and feet) and another object, with an upper limit of several tons per finger. At one point, Spider-Man was able to prevent Anti-Venom from taking his mask off by making it stick to his face.


@DP “The mentally controlled sub-atomic particle responsible for this has yet to be identified.” So it’s basically magic…

Much like Wolverine’s origin, it loses the appeal if you try to explain it, so just enjoy the fantasy world. Besides, it’s a world where the existence of giant that eats planets is common knowledge, and there is are several dudes made entirely of rocks walking around. Our science doesn’t necessarily equate to Marvel universe science. So sit down, and shut up Dr. Labonte.
This is a link to a video of a gecko inspired climbing system developed for the military. It only uses two pads not much bigger than the climber’s hands. The foot platforms are supported by the hand pads so in fact one pad supports this man’s weight at points in his climb.

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