In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter stows his old suit and his extra web fluid under/behind a bank of fake lockers (I can't find an image online of the frame where he does this, but he lifts it from the bottom on 2 separate occasions in the film). This event is referenced in this recap.

Why would his school have a wall full of fake lockers?

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    A real person can't lift a bank of real lockers by hand. A Spider-Person could. That's kind of the point/joke.
    – phantom42
    Jul 12 '17 at 13:48
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    @rosends: You can't know that they were attached to the wall in the first place. Just because you haven't seen a freestanding locker, does not mean it does not exist. We had them in our school, for example.
    – Flater
    Jul 12 '17 at 14:18
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    I don't now - they kept their secret superhero identities a secret. If we use suspension of disbelief as a blanket answer, then anything is possible and Spiderman can walk through walls. When we read stories, we expect certain in-universe consistency.
    – rosends
    Jul 12 '17 at 15:01
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    There might or might not be, depending on the type of lockers. A universe which has weight and friction (as evidenced in other scenes) and which has building built like the "real" universe's buildings would expect something from the lifting up of real lockers in a wall. A high school with aware students would have people who might notice lockers have been moved. Peter's backpack keeps getting thrown out with the garbage so people are aware of surroundings and not magically blind for convenience's sake.
    – rosends
    Jul 12 '17 at 15:18
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    it sounds to me like you've decided a priori that you found a logical flaw in the movie and refuse to accept that maybe you didn't. That's not a very good way to go about asking questions.
    – KutuluMike
    Jul 12 '17 at 16:15

They're not fake lockers. It's a row of real lockers that Peter has somehow detached from whatever holds it in place, and is lifting up in the air. In Peter's school, the lockers are inset into the walls in between the classroom doors, as are the ones in this photo:

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Note that this is a single piece of metal: the lockers have been welded together and there's a single pane of metal covering the entire row. It's also likely there's a single supporting base across the entire bottom.

When Peter lifts the lockers up, he grabs the bottom lip and lifts straight up. There's about a two foot gap between the lockers and the ceiling, and they slide upward as he lifts. As is typical with super strong heros, Peter also has an impeccable sense of balance, allowing him to lift and hold the lockers one-handed without them tipping forward. (The same power lets, e.g. Superman hold an airplane up by it's nose.)

On the walls to either side of these lockers, there are very clear scratch marks and gashes in the drywall. This indicates that the sides of the locker are scraping against the walls, which you can also hear when he lifts them up. That makes it unlikely that he's installed any kind of device to help smooth the movement -- he's just brute-forcing it.

  • I don't have a still from the film, but I recall thinking that they were recessed, more like hallowell-list.com/images/lockers/accessories/…
    – rosends
    Jul 12 '17 at 14:24
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    the fact that Peter lifts them up in the air without breaking the walls or ceiling would strongly indicate that you're misremembering.
    – KutuluMike
    Jul 12 '17 at 14:25
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    Yes, let's nitpick the physics and realism of dust in a movie about a boy who gains superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider.
    – phantom42
    Jul 12 '17 at 14:28
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    Asking how the Flash's powers work is not even remotely the same as nitpicking the amount of dust kicked up by lifting lockers.
    – phantom42
    Jul 12 '17 at 15:27
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    To be fair, the school custodial staff keeping things dust-free-clean would require the greatest suspension of disbelief out all issues raised relating to this question. Jul 12 '17 at 16:50

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