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  Reply # 2086844 10-Sep-2018 12:41
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I always thought it was glands as well, but the last few movies etc, seem to have it out of devices. He can walk up walls "naturally" as I understand it, so glands would make more sense. Also you'd need some serious tencile strength to stop a train/helicopter!

 

 


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  Reply # 2086847 10-Sep-2018 12:57
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From memory Spider man in the comics always had web shooters and it wasn't until the Tobey Maguire version that he developed glands...

 

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Original abilities

 

When Peter Parker was bitten by a lethally irradiated spider, radioactive mutagenic enzymes in the spider's venom quickly caused numerous body-wide changes. Immediately after the bite, he was granted his original powers: primarily superhuman strength, reflexes, and balance; the ability to cling tenaciously to most surfaces; and a subconscious precognitive sense of danger, which he called a "spider-sense."

 

Additional abilities

 

Spider-Man's web-shooters were perhaps his most distinguishing trait, after his costume. Peter had reasoned that a spider (even a human one) needed a web. Since the radioactive spider-bite did not initially grant him the power to spin webs, he had instead found a way to produce them artificially. The wrist-mounted devices fire an adhesive "webbing".

 

Organic webs

 

In the "Disassembled" storyline Parker undergoes a transformation that results in the ability to produce organic web fluid from his wrists, and is able to fire his webbing in much the same manner as his artificial web-shooters. According to the new 2007 Spider-Man handbook, Parker has grown spinnerets in his forearms that terminate in small pores at the junction of his wrists. By pressing down with his middle fingers to his palm, he causes the pores to open and the spinnerets to eject the organic fluid with a force equal to or greater than that of his web-shooters.

 

So yeah it really depends on which version you follow. Personally I like the web shooter version as it just seems more geeky :-)






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  Reply # 2086848 10-Sep-2018 13:03
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In some canon I think the web shooter gadget is there to focus the naturally occurring web that Peter Parker creates.  So it's more of an augment than the thing that creates the web.  Which probably helps in your example of stopping a helicopter - i.e. the web is still connected to Peter directly but through the shooter gadget, meaning all the strength isn't relying on the strap around his wrist connected to the web shooter. :)




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  Reply # 2086861 10-Sep-2018 13:27
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I can't really imagine Spiderman without the webshooters.

 

I like the idea of the shooters being a way to direct what he creates naturally.

 

 


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