Would Spider-Man's movements be possible in real life?

In the world of seventh art, it is common for many things not to be questioned as to their veracity and the laws of physics - especially since all who go to the cinema understand that what is portrayed there often seeks to show in images what we would consider be impossible.

Action and superhero movies fit this very strongly. And it was following one of the great feature films of the moment that Emory University analyzed - in the series "Emory [University] Looks at Hollywood" - the Spider-Man movie. In more detail, math teacher Skip Garibaldi assessed the superhero's locomotion between buildings to see if this would really be possible in real life.

Is it or isn't it possible?

And the answer, surprisingly, was yes. Marvel Comics had already stated that the silk force used by Spider-Man would be 120 pounds (54 pounds) per square millimeter. According to the professor, this force is very similar to the silk found in nature's spiders and also similar to the strength of steel.

Thus, the silk used by the superhero would be more than enough for him to slip from one building to another without physical shocks.

Spider-Man's moves are not that impossible ... (Image source: Playback / Sony Pictures)

Another movement analyzed was in relation to the previous film of the franchise, in which Spider-Man stops a train using silk. For Garibaldi, that would also be possible. In this case, such a feat would only require the equivalent of five tennis balls made of silk - something that, according to the professor, is a huge amount.

The only thing that would happen in this attempt, however, is that such a mischief could rip out the arms of a normal person. But at that moment comes the charm of the seventh art: making the impossible possible before our eyes.

Source: Gizmodo and YouTube | EmoryUniversity