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I remember the scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 where Gwen falls from the clock tower and Spider-Man uses his web to catch her before she touches the ground, and he did catch her.

But I still don't understand what exactly she died from.

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    Her neck snapped. She decelerated too abruptly, with her torso held by Spidey's web, that her neck couldn't possibly take that force. – Gallifreyan Jul 21 '17 at 16:38
  • ^^ Untrue. Well, it may be partially true. – Johnny Bones Jul 21 '17 at 17:21
  • Absolutely...you can hear the snap! youtube.com/watch?v=A6if4GOyWqs – Paulie_D Jul 21 '17 at 17:24
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    She doesn't snap her neck, she hits the floor with her head. If you don't believe me, you can look at this freeze frame – Ghoti and Chips Jul 21 '17 at 17:30
  • Actually, now that I think of it, if it was an internal decapitation her spine would probably be sticking out of her neck after a tv:0 deceleration.. – Johnny Bones Jul 21 '17 at 17:30
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I'm at work so I can't upload images due to internal security, but if you freeze-frame the exact moment the web that caught her pulls taut, you can see she clearly hit the ground. Her head hits the ground and so do her hands.

So, while it's possible her neck snapped, it's also pretty clear that part of her body lands with a thud.

Try to freeze this video at the 51 second mark and you'll see it.

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    You're right (and the commentors claiming she snaps her neck are wrong). I took a freeze frame of the moment it happens. Mind you, it's possible she snapped her neck, too, but it's not a completely accurate answer. – Ghoti and Chips Jul 21 '17 at 17:31
  • This is right. I conflated the film with the source comic (The Amazing Spider-Man #21), in which her neck snaps. – Gallifreyan Jul 21 '17 at 17:50

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