The Science Behind Gwen Stacy’s Death

Gwen death: No, Spider-Man was unable to help her.
Spiderman’s webbing caught Gwen Stacy just as she was about to strike the ground when she was falling rapidly, giving him little time to stop her even after he dove down to catch her (as shown in the movie).

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Even while the adage holds true for all superheroes, it can be safely noted that some superheroes have suffered greater losses to their loved ones than others. The list of these superheroes is headed by Spiderman. Gwen Stacy, his girlfriend, died after she fell from a high building after being knocked off by Spiderman’s worst foe, Green Goblin. It was a sad occasion, especially for the superhero’s devoted followers.

But did she truly pass away as a result of falling to the ground? Is it possible that Spiderman (clearly, unintentionally) played a part in her demise?

Let’s examine what the scientific community has to say about this contentious movie topic!

What Exactly Are We Discussing?

I should start by mentioning that Marvel Enterprises has produced two distinct series of Spiderman movies for the benefit of the uninitiated. We’re going to discuss The Amazing Spider-Man, the second batch of Spider-Man films. There have been two films in the series to date, and we will address a specific, crucial occurrence in the second one (The Amazing Spiderman 2).

We’ll examine how Gwen Stacy passed away before attempting to scientifically determine whether there was anything Spiderman could have done to avert the tragic outcome.

Gwen Stacy’s Death: What Caused It?

In movies

The scene is as follows: As is customary, a brawl breaks out between Green Goblin and Spiderman that spills over roofs and into windows. But in this specific fight, they wind themselves on top of a clock tower, where Green Goblin indirectly forces Gwen Stacy to lose her footing and fall to her death. The instant she reaches the ground, Spiderman fires his web to capture her, which it does. She hit the ground before the web had a chance to capture her, according to a distinct ‘thud’ that can also be heard.

In comic

She is thrown off a bridge by Green Goblin in The Amazing Spiderman #121. Spiderman catches her with his webbing as she falls, preventing her from hitting the water. But just as the webbing unexpectedly stops Gwen’s free fall, there is a “crack,” signifying that her neck has been broken.

Why is Falling from a Height So Deadly?

Why are people who are not suffering from a mental illness so afraid of falling from tremendous heights? Take some time to consider it even if it might initially appear to be rather obvious. What truly transpires when someone jumps from a lofty building and lands on the earth (or the water’s surface)?

You are travelling rapidly towards the ground as you fall through the air. Your velocity decreases as you reach the ground, going from a very high value to zero in a couple of milliseconds. Your entire body experiences a powerful force from the impact that is similar to a force many times your own body weight. The issue is in that area.

We can use the phrase below to determine Gwen’s velocity when Spidey’s webbing captures her.


where h is the height she has already fallen from (for example, 300 feet or 92 metres), v is her speed, and g is the acceleration caused by gravity (9.8 metres per second squared). Her speed, calculated by plugging all these numbers into the calculation, is 95 miles per hour (150 kilometres per hour).

The force needed by the webbing to bring her to rest, or lower the velocity from 95 mph to 0 mph, must now be determined using another equation, Newton’s second law of motion.


Assuming Gwen weighs 110 pounds (50 kilogrammes), falls through the air at 95 mph, and is brought to rest by the webbing in, say, 0.5 seconds. What is the force acting on her body in the context of those factors? How much pressure is she feeling?

enormously large! In actuality, the force she feels is almost ten times her own body weight. Unsurprisingly, her neck “snaps” as a result of such a strong force being applied to her body in the space of 0.5 seconds. This is why bungee jumpers give enough space so that their stretching rope can expand sufficiently; by doing so, they make sure that they don’t suffer a strong rebound force in only a few milliseconds, but rather that the force is dispersed over a longer period of time.

How did Spiderman (inadvertently) cause Gwen’s death?

The entire risk of falling from such a huge height is that it will stop abruptly, causing all the internal organs to become disorganised and, due to the tremendous force, fatal injuries. Because of this, a large number of suicide victims who leap into rivers and canals die by breaking their necks rather than drowning.

Spiderman might have caused Gwen’s death, despite the fact that the idea is completely illogical when seen from a scientific standpoint.

She would have still felt a lot of force when her free fall abruptly stopped owing to the pull of the webbing, so catching her in his webbing and effectively bringing her to a rapid stop wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Despite the fact that his webbing is flexible, which is a good thing, there was not enough time for it to elongate and spread the force of the hit over more than a few milliseconds, which would have given Gwen a chance to avoid falling.

Could she have been saved by Spider-Man?

Normally, when he had more time than in that situation, he could have stopped the victim from falling by grabbing them in his web, grabbing them in midair, and then swinging them to safety. This would have dispersed the force over several seconds, if not minutes.

Spiderman didn’t have much time to slow her down, even after he dove down to capture her, because she was falling quickly and his webbing only caught up to her as she was about to strike the ground (as shown in the movie).

It was clearly not Spider-day, Man’s even by scientific standards.

He appeared to have taken note of this incident because later, in a specific issue of the comic book, he is depicted saving a man falling from a building in precisely the same manner: Spidey uses his webbing to slow the man’s fall, catches him, and then swings along with him to safety! Examine this scene from Spiderman 3 to see how Spidey saves a girl by first capturing her and then swinging to safety.

A true superhero shows us how to succeed even in the face of failure, learn from our errors, and fight back!