Why Spider-Man Fights Like That | Fighting Styles in Games Explained

Why Spider-Man Fights Like That | Fighting Styles in Games Explained

[Wrestling Noises]
Every body knows the story of spider-man. Nerdy orphan from queens,
radioactive spider, superpowers. But here’s a question most of overlook. Why is that when peter parker, a scrawny nerd
becomes spider-man, a buff superhero he fights like this. In the case of the new game from insomniac,
spiderman’s fighting style appears to be a hybrid of three influences. The first influence gives us acrobatic dodges
like this, and dramatic strikes like this. These techniques are borrowed from capoeira,
an afro-brazilian form of martial arts that’s part dance, part game, and part legit head-rocking
fighting style. Capoeira is all about narrowly avoiding enemy
attacks and seamlessly transitioning into your own,
and contemporary styles are especially acrobatic. The flashy, fluid movements have made capoeira
fighters an exciting addition to action films and games. The Protector featured a very dramatic capoeira-infused
showdown between Tony Jaa and Lateef Crowder. And Eddy Gordo’s been repping capoeira in
Tekken since 1997. But capoeira’s not all flash. These unpredictable kicks can come from unexpected
angles at frightening speed, and have given us a few brutal MMA knockouts,
like this one. Spiderman borrows a number of techniques from
Capoeira. He moves backwards away from danger with the
Macaco Em Pe, and lashes out a Martelo de Negativa kick. While he borrows a handful of specific techniques
from capoeira, the influence on his movement style runs deeper. Like a master capoeira practictioner, his
stance is low and mobile. He rarely plants his feet to execute straightforward,
thrusting strikes. instead, he’s constantly spinning- using centrifugal
force to turn his feet and fists into high-speed bludgeons. Borrowing from capoeira makes sense for an
agile, graceful hero like spiderman. But it’s not the only fighting style Spiderman
borrows from. And I’ll tell you about the other one, if
you’re ready… [RANDY SAVAGE VOICE] BONESAWWW IS READYYYYYY Spidey’s very first comic book appearance
featured a matchup in the squared circle against one Crusher Hogan. (renamed bonesaw mcgraw when famously portrayed
by Randy Savage in the 2002 film directed by sam raimi starring Tobey Maguire. Spider-Man: with great power comes great responsibility) Insomniac’s Spiderman hints at his days
moonlighting in the wrestling ring with this flyer in his apartment. But the wrestling moves Spiderman rocks in
the upcoming game come from a specific discipline of pro wrestling: lucha libre. This is Ophidian. He’s been performing and teaching Lucha Libre
for 10 years. Lucha Libre is a variant of professional wrestling. It is a very acrobatic, stylistic, high flying
version of what we consider pro wrestling in america- but based out of mexico. It’s full of colorful characters, and masks
like you see on myself. It has a very Super Hero aesthetic. Lucha Librea was popularized in the US largely
by WCW luchadores like Psicosis, La Parka, and most of all, Rey Mysterio Junior. Much like Spiderman, Rey was a slender little
dude in a world of Giants. His in-ring style leveraged momentum, speed,
and high-flying lucha techniques to tell the story of an undersized hero using skill to
overcome his stature. Spidey busts out a handful of lucha techniques
including dropsaults, headscissor takedowns, and perhaps the nastiest-looking one – the
poisoned hurricanrana. The poisoned rana is a variant of a very popular
lucha libre move known as the hurricanrana. When sitting on your opponent’s shoulders
you have to be able to swing your body underneath them and land in a position where you yourself
don’t get knocked out. That means being able to bridge mid-air to
land in between your opponents legs so that they can travel backwards over the top of
you. And to have that kind of aim and precision
takes years to teach. While spider-man is definitely strong for
his size, his character has never been about raw power. He’s quick and he’s nimble, and he’s lithe,
which are the qualities you need to do what he’s doing. I don’t think it would make sense for spider-man,
given his size and weight, to do anything but Lucha Libre. So drawing from Lucha Libre makes sense. It’s a style of pro wrestling that makes you
believe, or want to believe that a 5-6, 130 pound guy like Rey Mysterio could take down
the Big Show. Spiderman doesn’t always have the strength
to overcome his enemies, but he’ll always have the agility of a lucha libre superstar. Hell, he’s even got the mask. He’s also got a half-century of comic books
to his name, which is more than enough time to have established a distinct style and persona. Spidey is synonymous with dramatic, acrobatic,
and extremely bendy poses… … and the influence on Insomniac’s spider-man
is clear. Spidey will rush through the motion of a move,
then linger in a trademark pose at the end. Other times, the game will actually slow down
to catch him in a comic book panel come to life, showing that in addition to smartly
borrowing from other fighting styles, Insomniac has a lot of reverence for spidey’s source
material. there’s no logical reason for spider-man to
have this mishmash of powers- but they all have something in common a sense of fun, and
a pleasure of movement that’s quintessentially spider-man


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