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That looks so not fake.
by The Alpha Craig

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... an Iron Man?

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... an Iron Man?
Greetings super-heroes, it's time for another list from the fist....oh wait that isn't my name in the continuity. Anyway I have become quite adept at creating lists so I thought I would continue with this theme. This time around I was thinking about how many comic book characters have ridiculously unbelievable powers and yet, somehow, they are translated on screen as being.... well believable. Here are 4 of my favorite powers demonstrated on the big screen.

Flight
This is an obvious first choice, but doesn't mean I don't think it is one of the coolest powers (and literally would be one of the coolest due to the low temperatures at high altitudes - Conscientious Craig.) This makes travel virtually anywhere on the planet much more possible. There would be so many places that could be explored much easier without an Earthbound tether. One of my favorite
Don't make hungry, you wouldn't like me when I'm hungry.

Don't make hungry, you wouldn't like me when I'm hungry.
examples of flight was in the IRON MAN movie franchise. When Tony Stark was learning how to utilize thrusters in his suit, he realized the thrusters mounted in his feet could be used for propulsion while the thrusters in his palms could be used as a defensive weapon as well as maneuvering thrusters. This made the idea much more feasible and realistic.

Super-Strength
Okay so this doesn't really help in the travel department, but it sure does help make an 8+ hour construction work day zip by. Now granted, if you have super-strength, you better hope to whatever force of creation you believe in that you also super-healing/durability as well or you are looking at a super-hernia the first time you lift a car or and shattered hand the first time you punch through concrete. My favorite cinematic example of this is HULK/INCREDIBLE HULK. It is much easier to
Oh what a tangled web we weave....

Oh what a tangled web we weave....
digest the idea of a 12' tall green Goliath ripping apart and Abrams battle tank than an average-sized man with an ordinary build. To me, in film, the mass of the person attempting a tremendous feet of strength must be somewhat equal to the mass of the item said attempt is being made on.

Webbing
Yeah I said it, webbing. You may not think this is a good example, but think about it for a moment. It is multi-purposed. It can be used as a means of transportation, a net to ensnare enemies, a means of retrieving an object from a high out-of-reach location, an easy way to rock climb and a hammock when and wherever you want it. Granted the whole wrist spinneret concept didn't really fly with me, but the idea of having the projectile webbing from a wrist mounted location is a much more realistic idea than thousands of tiny hairs all over you hands allowing you to
When it rains, everything has a unique sounds and it's like I can see.

When it rains, everything has a unique sounds and it's like I can see.
cling to surfaces (of course if you were to go by nature's example, the spinneret should have been on the butt - Anatomical Alpha.)

Echo-Location
Now this is a very practical "power" used by many different species. Owls, bats, dolphins just to name a few. But more amazingly people have used this ability. Most notably Ray Charles. The man never used a cane, he listen for the way sound echoed off the surfaces of things surrounding him in order to know where they were in relation to him. I loved the way it was demonstrated in DAREDEVIL. The idea that sounds translated into, not only location/distance, but shapes as well looked very convincing and I think this makes DAREDEVIL one of the most realistically "super-powered" heroes.

I could go on, but I think I will save that for another time. Thanks again for reading true believers, EXCELSIOR!

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Mike Thomas
Sep 27, 2010 2:12 AM
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My favorite is invisibility, the most impossible super-power of all.

Scientifically speaking, having the ability to have light pass through you would also negate your ability to reflect light from your optic nerve. In effect you'd be blind.

The only one would would not see this (sorry) as a problem would be the Man Without Fear, who coincidentally is also the Man Without Sight.

I also like the more realistic drawbacks of super-speed. being able to move at such impossible velocities would also require enormous fuel, ergo, the modern Flash was always eating - constantly to replenish himself or burn himself up from the inside out.

Good column, man!

I'd like to hear your thoughts on comic book superhero costumes vs. movie superhero costumes in a future column.

'nuff said....



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