A1_1 Gwen Stacy’s Death, Physics or Just Storytelling?

M. Z. H. Syed, S. W. Farr, H.C. H. Dakin, L. Weightman


In this paper, we examine the physics behind one of the most iconic scenes from Spider-Man comics, the death of Gwen Stacy. For Gwen to survive her fall without suffering from the whiplash effect, her body needs to experience a declaration of no more than 6g. This is possible if the web string acts like a spring system that extends 16.7 meters beyond its original length and can handle the forces exerted on it.

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