Talk:1415: Ballooning

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Ballooning is a legitimate and natural type of movement for spiders Sebastian -- 05:49, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

I personally saw several spiders swinging on web cords. The problem with Spiderman usual method of moving is that spiders can't shoot web so far. Also, I suspect that they use the swinging not as method to travel, but as part of building web. -- Hkmaly (talk) 09:57, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

That sounds a lot like the "Pendulum Traverse" (Google that for a good description if you need it, Wiki just has it as a sub-item under a glossary), although I'm personally an expert in neither arachnology nor rock-climbing so I might be wrong. For those spiders you mention, whether they're swinging with an actual aiming point at hand or it's just a behaviour that creates a random opportunity to extend the web size (along with breeze-assistance, it must explain a number of web-bridgings you can encounter) and thus is an evolved activity that has net benefit... I don't know. Like I said, I'm not an expert. ;) (But I bet if anyone can find an actual paper on the subject, it'd be a good inclusion for the article above!) 10:40, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Am I the only one to think that the general concept of ballooning would actually be cool to see in a Spiderman movie, comic or video game? For example, in a situation where Spiderman is in a location that offers no support to swing anywhere, and a villain has overpowered him (e.g. he is fighting Sandman in a desert, and losing). So, apparently, he has no way out, except that he survives by building a kite out of his web and flying away! And to drive the point home further, he exclaims: "Yes, I can do WHATEVER a spider can!" 18:41, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Isn't it far more likely that "Mary Jane" is a reference to Peter Parker's love interest? I doubt that was intended as a reference to the Tom Petty song. 11:03, 7 November 2014 (UTC)