New Fantastic Four Featurettes Explore the Science Behind the Science Fiction

Friday, 24 July 2015 - 5:13PM
Fantastic Four
Friday, 24 July 2015 - 5:13PM
New Fantastic Four Featurettes Explore the Science Behind the Science Fiction
We have a few concerns about Josh Trank's upcoming adaptation of Fantastic Four, but one aspect of the reboot that seems refreshing is its emphasis on hard science fiction and its attempt to ground the superheroes in reality. Four new featurettes, narrated by real-life theoretical physicist Michio Kaku assert that many superpowers featured in Fantastic Four are "grounded in very real science" (although it's telling that there's no mention of The Thing anywhere in the videos), and, as he states at the end of each video, "science and fantasy are not too far away from each other."



This first featurette explores Reed Richards's ability to access alternate dimensions, which Kaku claims may be "more realistic than you would imagine":

Opening quote
"The heart of quantum mechanics and the theory of the multiverse lies at the subatomic level... Electrons exist in multiple states until we recognize or measure them... It's only by noticing it that we pin it down to this reality... So what about all the other realities that may co-exist with ours? They vibrate at different quantum frequencies. This is the reason why scientists believe that alternate dimensions are a real possibility."
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Teleportation, at least to a lesser extent than transporting an entire person, is also potentially made possible by quantum mechanics:

Opening quote
"Using quantum entanglement, scientists have teleported atomic matter 143 km. We're a long way away from Reed Richards's teleportation device, but the mysteries of quantum physics are opening doors to new possibilities that even the greatest scientists never imagined."
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The Fantastic Four demonstrate the ability to "travel through the fabric of space and time," or through wormholes, which Kaku states may be possible in real life:

Opening quote
"CERN's Large Hadron Collider is the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. And it aims to recreate the conditions that brought our universe into existence... The Big Bang was the beginning of our universe. One theory says that perhaps the expanding universe was created by the matter blown out the other end of a massive white hole fourteen billion years ago. Our ability to understand a wormhole may help us define our very existence."
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Opening quote
"For most of the last century, scientists thought that invisibility defied the laws of physics, until the advent of what may be the key to unlocking invisibility: metamaterial."
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Kaku actually demonstrates the effect of metamaterials in the video, and claims that while we may be a long way from a disappearing Sue Storm, we're getting closer and closer to making invisibility a reality.

Josh Trank's Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell, comes out in theaters on August 7.
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