While considered an “upgrade” by cinematic Spider-Man standards, the webbing underneath Spider-Man’s arms, which he can use to glide through the air, is actually a call back to Spider-Man’s original costume design by co-creator Steve Ditko.
So how do “web-wings” work exactly? Rhett Allain at Wired Magazine breaks it down, using gliding physics to model a trajectory for Spider-Man.
"What happens when Spider-Man jumps off a building? I can model his motion by assuming he has three forces acting on him—gravity, air drag, and lift," Allain explains in the article.
We’ll leave the science explaining to Allain. The full article is a fun and worthy read.
Those wings are bound to come in handy when Spider-Man battle the flying villain called the Vulture, aka Adrian Toomes (played by Michael Keaton) in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first Spider-Man movie to made in concert by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland made his debut as a teenaged Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War when Tony Stark recruited Peter Parker to his side to help shore up his ranks against Captain America's team of Avenger.s
Spider-Man: Homecoming returns Peter Parker to his roots as a high school student and will see him trying to balance his responsibilities as a high school student and to his Aunt May with his "extracurricular activities" as a web-slinging superhero. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the first in a series of new Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man movies.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts, from a screenplay by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters on July 7, 2017.