Nine years on, I am hereby declaring it’s okay to watch this trailer again

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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4 Responses

  1. Miles Vorkosigan says:

    At the very least, hug somebody. A little more love in the world can help fix a lot of problems.

  2. Allyn Gibson says:

    I’d heard about that trailer, but I’d never seen it before. When it started, I thought it was an outtake from the opening sequence of The Dark Knight.

    Then I started thinking through the physics of what Spidey does, and I decided that, no, that wouldn’t work that way, and if it did Spidey could easily have brought the Towers down with that stunt. You have to consider the tensile strength of the webbing; it’s strong enough that it can pull a helicopter under forward power backwards and at some speed. That kinetic energy is going to be transferred into the web net when it hits, which will transfer into the Towers. And then the helicopter is going to continue moving backwards, stretching out the web net and stressing the points on the Towers where the webbing is affixed.

    The Towers were basically stacked dominoes. Spidey’s stunt would have pulled dominoes out of the stack on both Towers, and that would likely have destabilized each stack, and we saw on 9/11 what would happen if the domino stacks were destabilized.

    Spidey would have brought the Towers down.

    Otherwise, it’s a cool trailer.

  3. Miles Vorkosigan says:

    At the very least, hug somebody. A little more love in the world can help fix a lot of problems.

  4. Allyn Gibson says:

    I'd heard about that trailer, but I'd never seen it before. When it started, I thought it was an outtake from the opening sequence of The Dark Knight.Then I started thinking through the physics of what Spidey does, and I decided that, no, that wouldn't work that way, and if it did Spidey could easily have brought the Towers down with that stunt. You have to consider the tensile strength of the webbing; it's strong enough that it can pull a helicopter under forward power backwards and at some speed. That kinetic energy is going to be transferred into the web net when it hits, which will transfer into the Towers. And then the helicopter is going to continue moving backwards, stretching out the web net and stressing the points on the Towers where the webbing is affixed.The Towers were basically stacked dominoes. Spidey's stunt would have pulled dominoes out of the stack on both Towers, and that would likely have destabilized each stack, and we saw on 9/11 what would happen if the domino stacks were destabilized.Spidey would have brought the Towers down.Otherwise, it's a cool trailer.