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This guy built a working Spider-Man web shooter
Well, except for the “web” part.
Pretty much anyone who’s seen Spider-Man would love try out his famous web-slinging wrist doohickey—you know, that thing that rockets out a matrix of spidey goo whenever Peter Parker flicks his wrist just right.
Well, comics fans, you can thank Germany, YouTube, and lasers for bringing about the closest real-world equivalent to the web shooter yet. (And it’s just in time for the latest Spider-Man blockbuster, no less.)
Admittedly, this guy’s custom-made apparatus kind of misses the whole “web” part—it’s basically a mini-harpoon, good for little more than snagging a styrofoam box and then yanking it back. So maybe it’s more Scorpion from Mortal Kombat than Spider-Man? Well, regardless, it’s just a prototype! And as far as we’re aware, super-hero grade spider silk is still just a glimmer in the eye of mad scientists the world over.
And besides, with a few tweaks, that harpoon could be made into a nasty little weapon. I mean, just imagine what the comic books been like if, instead of covering the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus with harmless web stuff, Spider-Man simply had impaled them with a harpoon. Certainly would have made his job a lot easier.
That giant laser gun-looking thing in the background, by the way, is actually a giant laser gun. The guy who made the spidey shooter also runs an online storefront that specializes in steampunk-style weaponry.
H/T GeekOSystem / Screengrab via AnselmoFanZero/YouTube
Kevin Morris is a veteran web reporter and editor who specializes in longform journalism. He led the Daily Dot’s esports vertical and, following its acquisition by GAMURS in late 2016, launched Dot Esports, where he serves as the site’s editor-in-chief.