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. Jul 21, 2017 at 16:38
  • ^^ Untrue. Well, it may be partially true. Jul 21, 2017 at 17:21
  • Absolutely...you can hear the snap! youtube.com/watch?v=A6if4GOyWqs
    – Paulie_D
    Jul 21, 2017 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 Jul 21, 2017 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.. Jul 21, 2017 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. Jul 21, 2017 at 17:31
  • This is right. I conflated the film with the source comic (The Amazing Spider-Man #21), in which her neck snaps. Jul 21, 2017 at 17:50

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