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The second trailer for Avengers: Infinity War featured Gamora relaying how an Infinity Stone-wielding Thanos could wipe out half of the universe with the snap of his fingers. Unfortunately for Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy, this statement wound up coming true when Thanos snapped his fingers near the conclusion of the film.
This sequence mimicked a scene from Marvel's 1991 Infinity Gauntlet event from Jim Starlin, George Perez and Ron Lim. The climactic moment has spawned countless internet memes and has reached a level of pop culture fandom rarely seen from the standard popcorn flick.
A nod to the scene has also found its way into the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #800, with the issue's primary antagonist, the Red Goblin, using a finger snap to end the lives of important people in Spider-Man's life.
Norman Osborn, The Mad Goblin
After attempting to force Liz Allan and his son, Harry Osborn, to sign over the rights to Alchemax, Norman finds himself in a fight with Spider-Man over the streets of New York. Always one to have a witty quip at the ready, Spider-Man mocks Norman over the fact he's barely laid a hand on anyone the wall-crawler loves, let alone actually killed someone. However, this isn't the case, as Red Goblin reveals he's left pieces of his symbiote in the bodies of Clash, Silk, Mary Jane, Aunt May and Harry. With a snap of his fingers, he can send those daggers straight to their brains' pain centers, where they will die a slow, agonizing death.
Unlike Thanos' finger snap from Infinity War, the Red Goblin's doesn't result in any deaths or disintegrations. Luckily for Spider-Man, Agent Anti-Venom (Flash Thompson) noticed Clash having a bad reaction to Norman's attack. With his symbiote's healing abilities and the newfound knowledge that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, Flash was able to find any potential targets of the Red Goblin and cure them before it was too late.
As far as success rates go, Thanos has one up on the Red Goblin when it comes to finger-related deaths. However, that doesn't mean everyone important in Peter's life made it out of Amazing Spider-Man #800 alive. The Red Goblin paid Flash back for his interference by ending his life, which ultimately helped fuel Spider-Man to finally bring the monster's rampage to an end.
If Earth's Mightiest Heroes are lucky, they will also come out as winners when they face Thanos in a rematch in next year's untitled Avengers 4. The only question is which of our favorite superheroes will fill the role of Amazing Spider-Man's deceased Flash Thompson.