Watch: The Science-Based Effects Behind Agent Carter's Zero Matter

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 - 2:11PM
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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 - 2:11PM
Watch: The Science-Based Effects Behind Agent Carter's Zero Matter
Agent Carter went full-on hard sci-fi this season with the introduction of Zero Matter, an early version of Marvel's Darkforce, an unstable form of radiation made of pure negative energy, which infected season two antagonist Whitney Frost. In this new video from Wired, the VFX company Double Negative explains the special effects behind Zero Matter, as well as the real-life science behind it.



In the video, they explain that the consistency and appearance of Zero Matter was a mixture of "liquid spiders" and magnetic ferrofluid, the latter of which was shown to the cast so they would know what Zero Matter looked like. They also did their due diligence on the physics of this hypothetical substance; Clifford Johnson, who provided the Fermi equations you see on the blackboards, consulted on the physics of zero matter, and ensured that the containment devices for the zero matter conformed to the tenets of quantum mechanical theory. "It's actually inspired by real-world containment devices," Design FX says in the video. 

As we already know, Zero Matter becomes extremely important decades later in the Marvel timeline, as it is prominently featured in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., although by then it's called Darkforce. The video also heavily hints that we'll be seeing Darkforce in the MCU films, and Clifford Johnson himself confirmed in a blog post that Zero Matter is a precursor to certain forces seen in this year's Doctor Strange. 


And, incidentally, if the black hole that appeared this season reminded you of the infamous visual representation of an accretion disk in Interstellar, that's probably because both depictions were based on the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. 

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