Does Spider-Man pass the physics test?

I’ve recently discovered a blogger that tackles the tough questions of movie physics. Rhett Allain is an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University and the author of the Wired magazine science blog Dot Physics.

His blog covers many questions near and dear to the animator’s soul, at least when it comes to physics. I recently came upon his blog post about Spider-Man’s pendulum motion. I invite you to have a read, and decide for yourself if Spider-Man could actually do the things he does without some special pass from the laws of physics. Then check out Dr. Allain’sĀ other blog posts for more insights into entertainment physics.


Post Author: Michele Bousquet

Michele Bousquet is the author of Physics for Animators. A longtime animator, teacher, and writer, Michele has written more than 20 books on computer graphics. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University.