Physicist Breaks Down The Science Of 10 Iconic Marvel Scenes

  • Published on May 3, 2019
  • To celebrate the release of “Avengers: Endgame,” we had physicist (and lifelong comic book fan) Jim Kakalios take a closer look at the physics of the Marvel universe. Here he reacts to 10 memorable scenes from Marvel movies and rates them based on their accuracy. Find out what exactly quantum mechanics, time dilation, Einstein’s theory of special relativity, and spider silk tell us about the superheroes of the Marvel franchise.
    Which weapon would you rather have in a fight: Thor’s Mjolnir hammer or Captain America’s shield? Hint: The answer has to do with the conservation of energy - and the sonoluminescence of vibranium. Dr. Kakalios breaks down the physics behind this and many other Marvel phenomena, including Shuri’s holographic car in “Black Panther;” Peter Parker’s spider-webbing train save in “Spider-Man 2;” the multiverse theory of “Doctor Strange;” the role of Pym particles and the Higgs boson in “Ant-Man;” artificial gravity in “Guardians of the Galaxy;” and Tony Stark’s cybernetic helmet and gold-titanium exoskeleton in “Iron Man.” He sheds light on why Carol Danvers doesn’t age from “Captain Marvel” to “Avengers: Endgame;” why the Space Stone is so powerful when yielded by Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War;” and what’s with all the talk of quantum entanglement, quantum tunneling, and “quantum mumbo-jumbo” in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
    Kakalios is the author of three books - “The Physics of Superheroes,” “The Physics of Everyday Things,” and “The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics.” He was a science consultant for Sony’s 2012 film “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Before that, he won an Emmy for his work as a science consultant for the Warner Bros. superhero film “Watchmen.” A physics professor at the University of Minnesota, Kakalios teaches a popular class that uses comic books to illustrate the principles of physics.
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    Physicist Breaks Down The Science Of 10 Iconic Marvel Scenes
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  • russell james
    russell james 6 hours ago

    This was great to see. Loved it.

  • jayjaypinky
    jayjaypinky 9 hours ago

    Lmao put a scientist with one from 100 years...... look as the saying goes any society far enough advanced in tech well they’ll look like gods.... everything and anything is possible a some point....

  • The Sarcastic Guy
    The Sarcastic Guy 11 hours ago +1

    "We even have jet boots"

  • Venancio Gomani
    Venancio Gomani 20 hours ago +1

    "I don't know if I could create an interference sound pattern overlayed a hologram to create a hard-light object, but Shuri someone can" 😂😂.. Well played Jim. Well played, indeed

  • Freda Ke
    Freda Ke 21 hour ago

    "face front true believer" he's so adorably nerdy

  • GamingDragon X
    GamingDragon X 23 hours ago +1

    *Physics professer discuss anything*

  • Reach
    Reach Day ago

    What? You want my my man to shoot webs out of his asshole?

  • Call Out Podcast

    NO it's all fantasy it's not real stop this nonsense!

  • Ellen Wright
    Ellen Wright Day ago

    This guy is completely adorkable, somebody get him his own channel, I would subscribe.

  • Ties Jehoul
    Ties Jehoul Day ago

    Beethoven's 5th symphony at 2:07

  • gaby wan kenobi
    gaby wan kenobi Day ago

    I have the best theories is just a movie

  • Saritha Vinod
    Saritha Vinod Day ago

    Did somebody noticed his tie

  • Asten Gaming
    Asten Gaming 2 days ago

    Spider-Man can apparently lift up to 200,000 pounds of weight

  • KaleKain
    KaleKain 2 days ago

    I like this guy.

  • Kevin Garnica
    Kevin Garnica 2 days ago

    So, basically, in some instances we’re only a couple of points away from having actual superheroes - that’s what I’m getting. Also, when the rating is “three stars” it sounds like the opening of Beethoven’s fifth! LOL

  • Martin Posso
    Martin Posso 3 days ago

    He’s smart and knows his physics but somethings he is just talking about theories and technology that hasn’t been invented yet, so he does not know the true reality of the possibility of iron man’s reactor for example or the hologram technology in black panther, and how time is perceived at light speed is just a hypothetical theory and has not been proven yet, so people don’t be fool, probably in a near future we actually get to see some of the things in marvel movies. Don’t get me wrong I’m just clarifying some of the things I thought might be possible, I love how he is a marvel fan and bonds his passion with physics and his love for marvel.

  • Yusei Cosplay
    Yusei Cosplay 3 days ago

    Real question it possible to make Vibranium?

  • Ombric Shalazar
    Ombric Shalazar 3 days ago

    the original shield was created using proto adamantium, an alloy of vibranium and an unidentified iron based alloy. An unknown catalyst that entered while Dr. Mclain was asleep made the shield unique.

  • Daniel Nguyen
    Daniel Nguyen 4 days ago +1

    Actually, the scene where Shuri steers the car from the lab, she is not using the hologram chair or wheel to steer it. She only uses the hologram to see where she is. The car chair is not an image from the hologram, it was an actual physical chair and wheel that was always there. I had to watch the movie a second time to notice it.

  • Strangelife
    Strangelife 5 days ago

    So.. when scientist has nothing to research, they start researching the movie.

  • Leong Yin Xuan
    Leong Yin Xuan 5 days ago

    Mumbo jumbo.

  • TH3R34L SevenFiveSixNine

    Why isn't this guy teaching me instead of my stupid dumb teacher... :(

  • George Sikorski
    George Sikorski 6 days ago +1

    8:01 "They don't break!" *arrow points to one of the webs breaking*

  • Cas The Demon
    Cas The Demon 6 days ago

    Obviously hasn't seen MatPats video on Dr Strange.

  • Jullian J Waleleng
    Jullian J Waleleng 6 days ago

    Never thought that i would understand some physics in about 17:30 Minutes

  • Jullian J Waleleng
    Jullian J Waleleng 6 days ago

    Never thought that i would understand some physics in about 17:30 Minutes

  • Lachlan Meadows
    Lachlan Meadows 6 days ago

    this guy is such a big nerd and i love it

  • Stealth Bryan
    Stealth Bryan 7 days ago

    Mumbo Jumbo

  • chloe sutton
    chloe sutton 7 days ago

    Very interesting information

  • Sejin Kim
    Sejin Kim 7 days ago

    I can really appreciate how Prof. Kakalios breaks down these scenes in a way that's very digestible to most people, but without dumbing it down so much as to be demeaning. Good guy!

  • PhoenixDrops
    PhoenixDrops 7 days ago

    HAH! MatPat (from game theory) already explained it for Dr. Strange!

    ZACH KING 7 days ago

    MARVEL makes their own science and its AWESOME

  • WIll Kennedy
    WIll Kennedy 7 days ago

    Guess he missed the CHAIR she was sitting in and had a long ass tangent about holograms being wrong lol

  • nowfal
    nowfal 8 days ago

    I wonder how hell explain time travel in avengers endgame

  • Om Jamale
    Om Jamale 8 days ago

    I think you are mental. Your knowledge is limited. Everything is possible in the universe. In future these things are possible. Teri maa ki aakh

  • Austin Alvarez
    Austin Alvarez 8 days ago

    This guys just like me😹 except idk wtf’s going on ever🤦🏻‍♂️

  • John Conway
    John Conway 8 days ago

    Racism at 2:03

  • Matt Moves
    Matt Moves 9 days ago

    If I could use a cybernet helmet I would finally unleash the power of my crippling depression all around the globe. Call me The Amazing dr. Depresso.

  • EleMenTfiNi
    EleMenTfiNi 9 days ago

    To stay kneeling like the soldiers are you have to actively be pushing yourself up, not a lot.. but to some degree you have to or else you'd fall over limp. So when the Gravity goes out, they would start slowly drifting. It's like lifting a milk jug that you think is full when it's actually empty and it flies into the air, like you are some type of god.. the amount an empty jug takes to lift is like the amount a person takes to kneel.

  • Havod
    Havod 10 days ago

    The Thor putting the hammer down thing bothers me...
    That light isn't soundwaves. It's lightning. Come on.

  • Alyssa Jordan
    Alyssa Jordan 10 days ago

    Him: You could do magic tricks for the other people in the elevator while you’re falling.
    Me: yeah you know cause that’s a normal thing to do while you’re plummeting to your death.

  • Phantasm65
    Phantasm65 10 days ago

    by the way I wish I could be in your class very interesting

  • Phantasm65
    Phantasm65 10 days ago

    I'm sorry getting rid of Iron man was a big mistake, they could always go back in time and get Tony and bring him forward in time

  • troy calimpong
    troy calimpong 11 days ago

    This is better than my science class

  • Dietterich Labs
    Dietterich Labs 11 days ago

    I'm a physics major at the university of Minnesota! I walk by his lab regularly!

  • Giorgi Tsintsadze
    Giorgi Tsintsadze 11 days ago +1

    Make him react to avengers endgame time travel stuff pls!!!

  • Llywi Ripper
    Llywi Ripper 11 days ago

    so you know Gary King?

  • ult
    ult 11 days ago


  • j g
    j g 11 days ago

    The Quantam "uncertainty" is correct in reality, but humans aren't precise enough to see their "certainty" is not real. Certainty is a concept not a reality. Quantum reality is right; it's never "certain", just as a perfect Euclidian perfect circle is not real but only a concept. Relax. It's easy after the initial shock.

  • j g
    j g 11 days ago

    Cybernetic helmets? Russian fighter pilots have had them since the 1990s, You shoot with your eyes and thoughts.

  • Gerhard Klopper
    Gerhard Klopper 11 days ago +1

    This guy: This can totally happen, BUT spiders don't shoot webs out their hands.
    Me: You want to see him shoot it out his butt don't you.

  • Jurre veldhuijsen
    Jurre veldhuijsen 12 days ago

    It's a different universe so physics are different

  • ThatMadBren
    ThatMadBren 12 days ago

    That tie is dope

  • Philip Trampedach
    Philip Trampedach 12 days ago

    love this guy

  • Manchris Jbisd
    Manchris Jbisd 12 days ago

    👏👏👏 that pun... never saw it coming

  • Sena Clarke
    Sena Clarke 12 days ago

    This guy doesn't know his physics... She won't be younger due to the fact of the change in velocity when she comes back which is why the twins 'paradox' is stupid.

  • Jason Pie
    Jason Pie 13 days ago

    With the artificial gravity. Obviously we don't actually have a way of creating gravity in outer space buuuut i don't think them turning it off is comparable to the elevator thing because they're not falling + not on a planet. :/

  • Kenny Huntsinger
    Kenny Huntsinger 13 days ago

    Ti3Au is about 4 times stronger than titanium, realistic when he said it wasn't
    Although it wasn't discovered until 2016 so that's fair

  • Prometheus Alpha
    Prometheus Alpha 13 days ago

    5:52 -:53 seems edited for maybe some classified information he was not supposed to say?

  • MissKHYT1
    MissKHYT1 13 days ago

    The props to Shuri @ 15:00 😁

  • Ramster
    Ramster 13 days ago

    Didn't he basically just explain time travel in the last one with Captain Marvel?

  • A.M.D
    A.M.D 13 days ago

    Realy? doctor strange and science?

  • Two Two
    Two Two 13 days ago

    but matpat said...

  • Nioxre
    Nioxre 14 days ago

    this guy's comedy is gold

  • Debrah Banc
    Debrah Banc 14 days ago

    Gosh I suck in Physics

  • T-21B
    T-21B 14 days ago

    Is anyone gonna talk about how they got the wrong spider man movie??

  • Hyper Arts
    Hyper Arts 14 days ago

    You know he is a marvel fan just by looking at his tie 😂

  • patel aniket
    patel aniket 14 days ago

    Suri was only drive car like you now drove car autonomous like you operat car with your phone Suri just use simulator. Like you play video games with real car controller.

  • KĪÑG Ł -
    KĪÑG Ł - 15 days ago

    So marvel movies is a bunch of bullshit

  • alit yogo
    alit yogo 15 days ago

    I dont know any shit he talking about, but i loved it..

  • pepe nass
    pepe nass 15 days ago

    Un capo

  • M. Strain Jr.
    M. Strain Jr. 15 days ago

    I don't get his point about the hologram car. The seat, steering wheel, and peddles were not a hologram.

  • Edward Garcia
    Edward Garcia 15 days ago

    Well, Einstein said time was Relative....

  • Neg S
    Neg S 15 days ago

    It has been 3 years since my last physics class and I hated it but now I'm actually a bit interested in physics...

  • Vitalis Prod
    Vitalis Prod 15 days ago

    So cute sciencist 😋
    Wanna hug him 🤗