The Supreme Court is set to make several monumental decisions this week and next regarding same-sex marriage and Obamacare. Until then, there’s Spider-Man.
On Monday morning the SCOTUS announced its 6-3 ruling in Kimble v. Marvel, inventor Steve Kimble‘s copyright claim against the comics and entertainment behemoth regarding royalties due for a popular Spider-Man “web shooter” toy. Yes, this was a Supreme Court case, and the SCOTUS ruled against Kimble’s attempt to siphon money from Marvel despite his patent having long ago expired.
The case is obviously a target for humor, especially since Justice Elena Kagan‘s ruling is rife with comics references and jokes. (For example, she quotes the damned annoying “With great power…” line.) Many of the best ones have been filtering through Twitter all morning:
Supreme Court rules that if Spider-Man can build his own web shooters, he should be science billionaire, not poor Queens orphan.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 22, 2015
SCOTUS rules that marvel and sony should just stop trying to make spiderman happen spiderman is not going to happen — darth!™ (@darth) June 22, 2015
SCOTUS rules against yet another #SpiderMan reboot
— Fiddler (@cFidd) June 22, 2015
SCOTUS rules it’s ok to write it “Spiderman” — E McMorris-Santoro (@EvanMcSan) June 22, 2015
— SCOTUS Taylor Swift (@SwiftOnSCOTUS) June 22, 2015
GET ME MORE SCOTUS OPINIONS ABOUT SPIDERMAN!
— Ed Demaria (@Eddie_Dynamite) June 22, 2015
FYI to all Supreme Court reporters: It’s Spider-Man, guys. Hyphen. It is important. — Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) June 22, 2015
Supreme Court rules that it’s spelled Spider-Man, not Spiderman.
— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) June 22, 2015
Spider-Man and Raisins. A very confused eight year old is going to click a link about the Supreme Court decisions today.
— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) June 22, 2015
SUPREME COURT RULES SPIDER MAN CAN’T MARRY GWEN STACY wait I may be reading this opinion wrong
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) June 22, 2015
Pretty sure the Supreme Court just ruled Spider-Man to be unconstitutional.
— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) June 22, 2015
I don’t know who the Supreme Court is, thinking they can pass judgment on Spider Man
— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) June 22, 2015
Just catching up on SCOTUS – Spider-Man can get gay married?
— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) June 22, 2015
When will the Supreme Court let Spider-Man get gay married? http://t.co/w60RtYb1mL
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) June 22, 2015
Any chance we can get SCOTUS to repeal "Amazing Spider-Man 2"?
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) June 22, 2015
[presidential candidate press conference]
SENATOR! Jake Vig, Twitter. Should the Supreme Court allow another Spider-Man reboot?
— Jake Vig (@Jake_Vig) April 12, 2015
SCOTUS has ruled that they're not allowed to do another Spider-Man reboot for at least another 20 years.
— Sy Mukherjee (@the_sy_guy) June 22, 2015
[h/t USA Today, Twitter]
[Image via Marvel Comics]
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