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July 6, 2012 10:49 AM   Subscribe

Spider-Man's Less Impressive Super Power. [slyt] [via]
posted by quin (19 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
I dunno. Compared to how well most guys sew, that might count.
posted by valkyryn at 10:59 AM on July 6, 2012


It's a really complicated costume. Perhaps his spider-sense warns him when he's about to skip a stitch.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 11:05 AM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


He didn't sew anything. He wove the whole thing. He was able to invent the web shooters and the chemical that goes in them because he has special "spider knowledge" or something. Spiders weave webs so why shouldn't that mean that he can weave his costume?
posted by VTX at 11:21 AM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Superpowers did not include "tight editing."
posted by bicyclefish at 11:39 AM on July 6, 2012 [19 favorites]


I'm not sure how 'less impressive' it is. I'd put my ability to sew that costume and my ability to climb a wall at about the same level. And I think, given training, my wall crawling could eventually improve.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:47 AM on July 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Superman leads Doctor Bendorion while Wonder Woman busily stitches. (via)
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:49 AM on July 6, 2012


orb spider, funnel spider, costume spider
posted by SharkParty at 12:16 PM on July 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I always figured his Aunt May made him learn how to use a sewing machine and mend clothing. She grew up in the Great Depression, after all, so it'd make sense that she'd want to pass on those practical frugal skills.

* In the original comics, for at least a few more years before the sliding timescale puts paid to that.
posted by bettafish at 12:47 PM on July 6, 2012


Is the joke 'Men sure are awful at things that only women should do'?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:05 PM on July 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Spiders weave webs so why shouldn't that mean that he can weave his costume?

With his butt-cheeks presumably.
posted by bonehead at 1:06 PM on July 6, 2012


The Avengers parody includes blackface!
posted by KokuRyu at 1:07 PM on July 6, 2012


Is the joke 'Men sure are awful at things that only women should do'?

What? No. The joke is "sewing is hella hard."

A few Spidey writers -- Stan Lee himself, Peter David -- have brought up the sewing thing in the past.

One of the big things that sold Peter Parker on just blithely accepting alien symbiotic goo that spread all over his body as an acceptable lifestyle/clothing choice was that it was self-repairing. There was no end of "Gosh, it just transforms into my street clothes! Golly, no more late nights stitching up holes!" when it first appeared, with an appalling lack of "Hey, what the blistering fuck is crawling all over my body?"
posted by Shepherd at 1:10 PM on July 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Is the joke 'Men sure are awful at things that only women should do'?

No, not really at all. I think it completely avoids that route entirely.

In fact, despite the many, many times throughout the years, Spider-man has been shown sewing (which I'm sure is what inspired this video), I can't think of any times when it has been played for that angle. More in the "being a superhero sucks in ways you don't consider" angle (like this) because it's not like he can take his suit into a tailor or ask Aunt May to put some patches in.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:15 PM on July 6, 2012


The Avengers parody includes blackface!

Indeed. I closed that tab as soon as I saw that.
posted by King Bee at 1:29 PM on July 6, 2012


The Tailor of Queens, NY. He is a man of many talents.
posted by tilde at 1:31 PM on July 6, 2012


Is the joke 'Men sure are awful at things that only women should do'?

No, not even close.
posted by facetious at 1:48 PM on July 6, 2012


Hey, he's not only able to climb walls and sew costumes, he's also able to make a comfortable living as a news photographer, though, without full franchise immersion to back me up, I was under the impression he shamelessly exploited his ability to take staged photos of himself to get the ball going- but he had the talent to go from there.

I guess it's like Clark Kent being able to make it in print journalism even to this day, while the actual ability to get a job as a reporter gets harder and harder and requires more education. While conceivable that his farm family (given that modern farms are major industry and may be handling millions of dollars) could fund the rounds of unpaid internships and other hoop jumping that makes media jobs inaccessible to the average person, he's not just faster than a bullet, flying and lazing, he's also in a very small bracket of luck and talent with creative writing.
posted by Phalene at 1:52 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tinker, Parker, Soldier, Spy.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:05 PM on July 6, 2012


I was thinking more like

Tinker, Tailor, Spider, Guy.
posted by tilde at 8:23 AM on July 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


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