Unlike other superheroes, he is generally depicted as skinny and unimposing physically. Due to the constantly changing strength classifications of super heroes I've lost track of where he fits in.

I remember back in an 80s comic he's shown crushing a steel handrail on a bus by just squeezing it and was depicted as roughly equal to the Thing in raw strength. Where does he fit in now?

Edit: We already know he's much stronger than non-superheros so this is not a duplicate about how Doc Oc can survive his punch. As that answer points out that he pulls his punch. That doesn't answer the question posed here.

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    Possible duplicate of How did Doctor Octopus survive even one punch from Spider-Man in Spider-Man 2?
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 22:27
  • That question has only one of the answer that only partially address this question, and that is only one half of one sentence burried in the text. It basically says that Spiderman has to hold back against non-superhero opponents. No reference or mention at all about how he stacks up against other superheros.
    – Morgan
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 23:13
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    Seven. He is seven strong.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 23:33
  • In the 80's animated series, when Spidey is first infected with the Venom symbiont, he mentions that before it he'd have trouble lifting a small car.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 0:38
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    @wadcheber - Wrong. He's 4 strong. See below.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 8:00

4 Answers 4


According to the official Marvel power-grid for Spiderman, he is classed as "super-human" (placing him in a category with those able to lift between 800lbs and 25 tons).

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Although his raw strength is portrayed pretty inconsistently in the comics (including feats of lifting up to 40+ tons), he's usually expected to be able to lift somewhere between 10-20 tons with relative ease.

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    I'm guessing that panel isn't recent
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 22:18
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    @AncientSwordRage - Nope. It's from the 80's as far as I can recall. There's another panel where he lifts an entire building at one point. I generally ascribe these to over-eager writers and insufficient canon control
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 22:33
  • Between 800 pounds and 25 tons?! That's like saying a house cat is roughly as tough as an African lion.
    – Morgan
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 23:25
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    @Richard great research as usual but this doesn't tell us how he stacks up strengthwise against other superheroes/villains. From the looks of it he may be one of the weaker ones, barely ahead of 'normal' people.
    – Morgan
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 0:03
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    @SonOfSam - I have all of the official handbooks including the 2004, 2005, 2005 (Spider-man and the Fantastic Four) and 2006 (Spider-man Back in Black) handbooks. His power chart is totally consistent throughout, although the 2005 does mention that his lifting capacity has risen to 15 tons, from 10 tons. i.sstatic.net/yYpME.jpg
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 21:15

In the original Marvel Super Heroes role-playing game, Spider-Man had Incredible (40) strength, which was described as the ability to press 10 tons.enter image description here


In the movie with T. Maguire, Spidey stops a subway train with his net and his arm while standing on front (stupid to think the net wouldn't crush the wall) and not trying to cut of the power.

So he is standing there and is trying to stop an accelerating train. Some math?


Or someone did it before


So it would need 300.000kN of Force. Or something at 300 metric tons.

Ok inconsistent, as someone said above he is ranged around - 10-20t normally.

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    Without knowing how tensile his web is, those figures are largely guesswork.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 13:22

Spider-Man can lift about 3600 tons, as you can see in this scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming where he holds together a boat. The boat that he held up is actually called "Spirit of America Staten Island Ferry" and it weighs 3600 tons. Tom Holland, the actor who plays him, weighs about 140 pounds. So using these figures, Spider-Man can lift at least a bit more than 48,000 times his own weight.

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    Well, he didn't actually lift the ferry, he simply stopped it from being pulled apart. That too with the aid of his webbing being placed on the structural strong points of the ferry, and only for a small amount of time before spoiler showed up.
    – Möoz
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 2:54
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    Also, telling people to "go google it" is the anti pattern of this site.
    – Möoz
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 2:55
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    Also, what does 3600 tons times his size mean? Like, he can lift 3,600 times his size, or 3,600 tons times his body weight?
    – Möoz
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 2:56
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    This answer is based on an incorrect premise, he doesn't actually lift the boat, so it's not a good example of how much he can lift.
    – Obsidia
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 3:21

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