The Avengers 2

Posted on 22nd Apr 2015 -

On April 22nd The Avengers are back to kick off the summer movie experience early in Avengers: Age of Ultron! This is truly the time of year all you superhero nerds have been waiting for. Although The Avengers is sure to be packed with mind-boggling action, did you ever take a second to think about the real science behind superhero movies? If you didn't, I have put together a nerdy, fun article about the realistic side of our favorite superheros.

The Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron

The feats performed by Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and the rest of the Avengers crew seem to defy all logic. Before he upgraded to gold titanium, Iron Man used to jet around in a suit made of, well, iron, while Captain America's vibranium shield manages to remain unscathed - even after Thor strikes it with his hammer.

As it turns out, the heroes' super accessories (and abilities) are actually grounded in some very real science.

Take Iron Man's Arc Reactor, which he uses to invent a new element. By smashing together the nuclei of atoms, he's able to create an alternative to poisonous palladium. That's basically how scientists in the real world do it too. So far, at least 20 synthetic elements have been invented using particle accelerators that result in the same kinds of collisions.

To learn more about the element-making taking place at Stark Industries, as well as why it is that Captain America and Black Widow heal so quickly, and what Iron Man's suit is (probably) made of, check out the posts below.

  1. Thor's hammer
  2. Iron Man's suit