When the summer movie season kicks off in May with Captain America: Civil War, fans will get their first look at the new Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland. The character will return in a new reboot, produced by both Marvel and Sony Pictures, which is scheduled to hit theaters on July 7, 2017. While we wait for this adventure to hit theaters, scientists at both Cambridge University in the U.K. and California's Stanford University have offered contrasting theories about whether or not an actual Spider-Man could exist. Their theories don't address any radioactive spiders or web shooters, but this hero's ability to scale walls.
This scientific rivalry, of sorts, started when Cambridge University released a study that claims the largest creature with the ability to scale a wall is a gecko. The study added that, if a human were to scale a wall, the person would have to have 40% of his/her body covered in adhesives. Stanford University, however, refuted this claim by showing off a unique device they have developed.
Some of the university's engineers put together a video that they sent to Late Show with Stephen Colbert, after host Stephen Colbert mentioned the Cambridge study in his monologue earlier this week. The Stanford video shows one of their engineers literally scaling a wall with "gecko gloves," although he doesn't necessarily do so with the speed and precision that Spider-Man does. Still, these gloves prove that a human wall-crawler is possible, and you don't have to be bitten by a radioactive spider to do so.
While Captain America: Civil War has already wrapped production, with the May 6 release date looming, production is expected to begin sometime next year on Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man reboot. It would be interesting if the production actually used these special gloves designed by Stanford as part of the movie itself, but, as you can see in the video below, they may not exactly mesh quite well with the Spidey costume, since they seem to be quite bulky. It's possible that Tom Holland may use these gloves for training, but it isn't known if the producers have contacted Stanford as of yet.
While we wait to get our first look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker, take a look at these videos from Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Stanford University below, as we get closer and closer to Spider-Man's July 7, 2017 release date. Would you like to give these "gecko gloves" a shot and scale buildings like Spider-Man? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on Spider-Man.