VIDEO: This Is Why Cyclops Can Still See During His Optic Blasts

Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 12:54PM
Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 12:54PM
VIDEO: This Is Why Cyclops Can Still See During His Optic Blasts
Cyclops is one of the most beloved X-Men of all time, known for his iconic "optic blasts," beams of red light that emit no heat but possess a huge amount of force. But could this ever happen in real life? I mean, no, but if we take for granted that it could, then there is a scientifically plausible way that he could shoot blasts from his eyes and still be able to see out of them at the same time.



As Nerdist's Kyle Hill tells us in the latest episode of Because Science, Cyclops' optic blasts are the result of his ability to open portals to energy-filled dimensions within his eyes and control the energy with his visor. Okay, fine. Given that this is possible, how can he see through all that light to actually fight bad guys?

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According to Hill, the portals couldn't open directly in Cyclops' irises, because then all the light entering his eyes would go into another dimension, and he wouldn't be able to see anything. They also couldn't be located in the center of his eyes, because then the light would overwhelm his retinas. As a result, it makes the most sense for the portals to be located on his optic disc, or his "blind spot," where the connection between the optic nerve and the eye covers part of the retina. Since humans generally don't notice their blind spot, this theoretically wouldn't interfere with Cyclops' vision.

Of course, this is basically a hypothetical on top of a hypothetical on top of a fantasy, but let's face it, this is probably the closest we'll ever get to explaining the "real science" of Cyclops. At least superpowered genetic mutants are sort of real.
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