As mentioned by numerous contributors on Quora (not to forget his character in the MCU, the animated series etc. etc.), Spider-Man made his own webbing using a bunch of chemicals. Although I was not able to find the exact chemical list (that would obviously be impossible!), one of the component that I found was a form of imbibed ester that helped webbing dissolve after an hour.

Speaking about Esters, they do have a distinctive fruity smell. So could it be possible that Spider-Man's webbing too smelled "fruity"?

So does Spider-Man's webbing have actually an odour? I'm open to all forms of answers (comics, Animated series and even the movies)

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    A possible source for this might be someone tracking Spider-Man through scent, such as Wolverine or Kraven.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Sep 17, 2018 at 17:34
  • It's possible that spider man uses a long-chain ester. which wouldn't smell nearly as much. Though since the purpose of the ester is to help the webbing dissolve i find that unlikely
    – Ummdustry
    Sep 17, 2018 at 18:07
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    @Ummdustry well, i'm not sure about the purpose of esters in the webbing either. I just mentioned what i found on the link in Quora.
    – Shreedhar
    Sep 17, 2018 at 19:07
  • To the best of my knowledge, instances of people using scent to track Spider-Man haven't ever mentioned using his webbing's scent. As I recall, Kraven (in particular) was more often likely to attract Spidey's attention, rather than actually tracking him (with the possible exception of the "Kraven's Last Hunt" storyline). One expects he would be easier to track as Peter Parker, in which case tracking by web-scent is much less likely.
    – RDFozz
    Sep 17, 2018 at 19:46
  • I (vaguely) remember an episode in the animated series when Kraven is tracking down Spidey and he smells spidey’s webs to track him back to his house. But was it the web-scent or just spidey’s stinky suit, idk 😝
    – Shreedhar
    Sep 18, 2018 at 8:13

2 Answers 2


It definitely has an odour, although I couldn't find anything on how it actually smells beyond "weird". The web fluid also goes rancid if unused for a while, and presumably smells foul as a result.

The web smells "weird".

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 1 #310

Rancid web fluid

Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1 #700

Credit to Valorum for finding an image of the relevant page from Amazing Spider-Man (see comments).

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    – Valorum
    Jan 20, 2019 at 20:18
  • @Valorum Ahh, thank you! I'll edit this into the answer with a credit of course
    – Ongo
    Jan 20, 2019 at 23:23
  • If anyone finds or has somewhere to read Amazing Spider-Man, Vol 1 #700 online don't hesitate to edit a hyperlink into the question the way I have for the other comic.
    – Ongo
    Jan 20, 2019 at 23:36
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    Actually I've edited out the illegal filesharing link you put in
    – Valorum
    Jan 20, 2019 at 23:38
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    @Ongo "illegal" probably depends on the country (although as a rule of thumb, this did probably violate copyrights), but that site also has pretty much NSFW ads, ahah! In any case that's a good find, +1 :)
    – Jenayah
    Jan 20, 2019 at 23:44

After quite some time, I did find an answer to my own question. In Marvel Knights : Spider-Man (2004) # 1, Peter tells Aunt May that he had to wipe his foot marks off the window and had to use a room freshener to get rid of the smell of his web fluids.

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Marvel Knights Spider-Man # 1 (Page 25); click image to enlarge

You know, I used to check the glass for footprints every morning before I left for school? And you wouldn't believe the money I spent on air-freshener to hide the smell of web fluids

indicating that the webbing had a distinctive smell and probably stank.

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