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"Would you like to see more options? You have 576 possible web-shooter combinations."
Karen to Spider-Man[src]

The Web-Shooters are a pair of wrist-mounted mechanical devices developed and used by Spider-Man to project Synthetic Webbing.

History

Creation and Use

"Is this stuff coming out of you?"
Sam Wilson[src]
Old Web-Shooter

Peter Parker's first Web-Shooter

The Web-Shooters and Web Formula were designed and built by Peter Parker himself using homemade materials and chemicals found in typical high school level chemistry classes. Shortly after he gained his powers, Parker then started using them to fight crime in New York City.[3] When Tony Stark met Parker to recruit him for the Clash of the Avengers, the web-shooters were the only part of Peter's original costume which Tony Stark didn't mock. When Stark mentioned that he might tell May Parker about Parker's double life, Parker used the web-shooter to web Stark's hand to the door handle before awkwardly helping him remove the webbing. After obtaining the Spider-Man Suit from Stark, Parker replaced his old Web-Shooters with the more advance ones included in the suit, but still kept the older ones which he used again after Stark confiscated the suit.[4]

Upgrade

Spider-Man Civil War 06

Spider-Man shooting his webs

"Mr. Stark really overdid it."
Spider-Man[src]

The Web-Shooters were upgraded by Tony Stark after Peter Parker joined him against Captain America. A holographic "Spider-Signal" was added to the shooters along with communication options.[3] Parker used them in the Clash of the Avengers, notably using them to traverse the battlefield and snatch away Captain America's Shield. He then employed them against Falcon and the Winter Soldier, webbing them to the floor of the airport terminal. As he dueled with the Captain himself, he used the web-shooters to keep him off balance until Captain America broke out of the webbing. When Ant-Man used the Pym Particles to become a Goliath, Parker used the web-shooters to save War Machine from crashing into a fuel tank. He then used them to tangle Ant-Man's legs, allowing Iron Man and War Machine to knock him down.[3]

Capabilities

First Web-Shooters

  • Regular Web-Shooting: The web-shooters are capable of shooting thin strands of extremely durable and elastic web-like substance. The high tensile strength of the synthetic webbing is sufficient to support the weight of large vehicles such as buses and trucks. Spider-Man is able to use the web-shooters offensively by "webbing" his opponents, and can also use them for transport by swinging on web-lines. The web-fluid impressed Tony Stark who exclaimed the tensile strength was "off the charts". The amount of force that the web-fluid can be fired at is enough to send a person flying off the ground, as Peter demonstrated when he knocked Herman Schultz off his feet while webbing him against a bus.

Second Web-Shooters

Spider-Man Suit A.I. (Web Shooters - SMH)

The different web combinations for the Web-Shooters

Web Selection: The upgraded Web-Shooters provided by Tony Stark are capable of dialing different web combinations at Peter Parker's command. The different combinations can be activated either by voice command or by a gesture, and each web-shooter can seemingly utilize different selections at a time.

  • Regular Web-Shooting: The web-shooters are capable of shooting thin strands of extremely durable and elastic Synthetic Webbing much like the previous Web-Shooters.
  • Ricochet Web: The Ricochet Web setting fires a strand of web that bounces off an obstacle and sticks to a target.
  • Splitter Web: The Splitter Web allows the web-shooters to fire more than one strand of webbing at a time, ensnaring multiple targets at once.
  • Web Grenade: The Web Grenade setting allows the web-shooters to eject a cartridge of web-fluid at a target, with the webbing spraying around the target, or in a concentrated stream.
  • Taser Web: The Taser Web shoots out a strand of webbing very similar to the regular web, only when successfully hitting the target, the Spider-Man Suit sends out an electric current through the webbing, electrocuting the target. The Taser web could be activated from regular web shooting on vocal command even after the normal webs are fired, if still active.
  • Rapid Fire Web: The default setting of webbing when the Spider-Man Suit is in 'advanced combat mode', rapid fire webbing causes the web-shooters to quickly shoot out balls of webbing to stun enemies.
  • Spider-Tracers: This version of the web-shooters demonstrates the ability to launch small GPS trackers, which Peter can track via his suit's systems.
  • Spider-Signal: The Spider-Signal is a light emitted from Spider-Man's upgraded web-shooters, projecting a signal very similar to the mask of his new costume.

Trivia

  • This version of Peter Parker has web cartridges attached to the waistline of his suit, allowing him to easily refill his web-shooters whenever he runs out.
  • According to Peter Parker, the web fluid lasts about 2 hours before it dissolves. In the comics, his web fluid lasts for about 1 hour before it dissolves.
  • The web grenade's ability to fire ordinary webbing on a target before reacting and quickly ensnaring the target is a similar concept to the "impact webbing", which was first used by Peter's clone Ben Reilly, aka the Scarlet Spider.
  • The Web-Shooters, as seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, borrow traits from the most recent version in the Amazing Spider-Man comics from the All-New All-Different Marvel event, in which they are equipped with different settings utilized by vocal commands.
    • Additionally, concept art for the Web-Shooters reveal an alternate design for their holographic interface that was similar in style to smartphone applications and internet search engines.
  • Web-Shooter combinations featured but not showcased in Spider-Man: Homecoming include the Hook Web, Timer Web, Sticky Web, Stun Web, Spear Web, Venom Web, Arrow Web, Shield Web, Grap Web, and Net Web.
    • The Venom Web is a possible callback to Miles Morales's ability in the comics to deliver a bio-electrical shock to his enemies, an ability dubbed his "Venom Blast".
  • The upgraded Web-Shooters are capable of self-assembling onto Peter's wrist.[5] Also, the trigger for activating the firing mechanism is able to retract into the main body of the Web-Shooters, allowing Peter to wear them inconspicuously with his normal clothes.

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