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Can Spider-Man climb ice walls with his hands and/or his web?

Are there examples where Spider-Man encountered ice, or other evidence of his superpower under cold conditions?

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    Quick, someone warn Jon Snow! The Others are coming with their Ice Spider-men! – Telestia May 15 '15 at 13:35
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    Can a regular spider climb ice walls? Because if THEY can, and HE does whatever a spider can... – Ryan Perry May 15 '15 at 17:05
  • @RyanPerry: But if a spider can't, it doesn't mean Spider-Man can't. – Jeff May 15 '15 at 20:17
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    @Jeff That's right. I've never seen a spider work as a freelance photographer. – KSmarts May 15 '15 at 20:32
  • Listen bud, he's got radioactive blood... – Valorum May 15 '15 at 20:34
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The Marvel Universe Wiki describes the wall-clinging ability as a "ability to mentally control the flux of inter-atomic attraction (electrostatic force) between molecular boundary layers."

Basically, his stickiness is due to a telekinetic ability to increase attraction between surfaces on a molecular level (akin to increasing the static charge on a balloon). Theoretically, he'd be able to do this enough to stick to literally any surface, regardless of how slippery the surface is. I'd imagine it would only take an increased concentration on "being sticky."

I read somewhere once that due to the telekinetic behaviour of his abilities, he isn't allowed to play poker with the Avengers.

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  • That point about poker is... strange. Telekinesis doesn't allow you to read people's thoughts, it lets you manipulate physical systems with your mind. The Spider Sense might be useful during a poker game, but that has nothing to do with telekinesis. – Nuclear Wang Oct 30 '19 at 13:17
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    @NuclearWang Telekinetic powers like the ones described in the answer, which make things stick to your hands, would help a dishonest player hold on to certain cards. – Ryan Veeder Oct 30 '19 at 13:27
  • @RyanVeeder True, but Spiderman would never actively cheat! Plus, it doesn't really help unless you practice the sleight-of-hand needed to hide the cheating, which most anyone can learn without superpowers. I'd be far more worried playing with the Flash or Superman. – Nuclear Wang Oct 30 '19 at 18:41
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As seen in The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1, issue 92, page 5, last panel... It's falling on your hindquarters that hurts ...Spidey can't stick to ice.

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    As an actual instance of spidey encountering ice, this seems superior to the accepted answer. – Harabeck Oct 30 '19 at 13:58
  • I'd question whether this actually presents an argument against Spidey being able to stick to ice. All this demonstrates is that when you suddenly ice over the spot Spidey is about to step, he can slip. There's no indication he was using his wall clinging ability on the ground at the time. – Jeff Nov 1 '19 at 13:01
  • @jeff he has superhuman reflexes and a spider sense on top of that... I'd say he slips. – Renan Nov 1 '19 at 13:04
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Ice is solid water. It has a low coefficient of friction when a layer of water forms between it and whatever is rubbing on it - think ice skate. Without the layer of water, it is just another solid.

Spider-man's climb is, in theory, about microscopic hairs that work like ice-climbers picks into all surfaces. The kind of friction normal hands have is about bulk-surface against bulk-surface. One of the consequences of the hair-bridge is that it is going to be a poor conductor of heat when contrasted against the bulk friction of a normal hand. Heat transfer is about cross-sectional area and the hair-area is negligible compared to the surface area of the hand.

Bottom line: If he can climb smoothed concrete, then he can climb ice. It is going to work better if it is not right at melting point or soppy-wet though.

Links to answers about how 'Spidey' climbs:

Microscopic hais on hands

In general they are muscle-control driven biological microstructures. The points above about applicability to concrete/solids, melting points, and heat transfer apply to the biological microstructures as long as they are not a biological analog of a heat-pipe.

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  • Spidey doesn't always climb via 'hairs', some versions have other adhesive properties. – Jeff May 15 '15 at 20:17
  • @Jeff yeah but that version was particularly lonely. – Renan Oct 30 '19 at 13:12
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Spider-Man cannot climb ice walls because his grip hairs freeze off. Its like licking a lamp post in winter. He can't move his hands.

Featured in issue of "The Amazing Spider-Man" #92

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    Do you have any images from that issue? – Jason Baker May 15 '15 at 20:26
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    I can't see anything in that issue that would support your statement. The closest he comes is that he slips on ice. – Valorum May 15 '15 at 20:30

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