Making a Real and Functional Spider-Man Web

Could the web that made spider man so famous actually be replicated in reality?
Loukia Papadopoulos

Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Does whatever a spider can! But the question is: can we replicate Spider-Man's web in real life?

YouTuber Built IRL tries to do so in this exciting video. At first, he tries creating artificial silk from scratch. Although he does produce a string it's really not sturdy and breaks as soon as you barely touch it.

So the YouTuber moves on to the next best thing: pre-made ultra-strong fiber. He uses inspiration from velcro to find a way to ensure the rope attaches to a foundation he can swing from.

Velcro is way too weak for this but he uses steel hooks to mimic the process of attachment of velcro. He attaches these hooks to his fiber string and then tries it out on a stunt man.

It works quite well and he manages to throw the stuntman to the floor on several occasions. But the real test comes next: can he swing from a pole?

It turns out he can at an almost 100% success rate. Both the YouTuber and the stuntman test the new rope over and over again almost flying in the air and landing gracefully. It turns out Built IRL's Spider-Man rope works after all!

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