Marvel Comics is once again at the forefront of geek culture with the growing success of “Spider-Man: No Way Home”. And to celebrate all things superheroes, we present this question: is there really any superhero technology?
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General view of the atmosphere at the World Premiere of Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment’s “Iron Man 2” at the El Capitan Theater on April 26, 2010 in Hollywood, California.,
Indeed, there are! And you’d be surprised how easy it is to find real working prototypes of this aforementioned technology that can make you a true protagonist or Marvel villain if you feel like it.
Wolverine’s Healing Factor
In the Marvel comics, a member of the X-Men Wolverine has something that makes him almost invincible: an accelerated healing factor. And it turns out the U.S. military is already working to make that happen, according to Interesting engineering.
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The project is called ElecRX, and involves the use of tiny implants that monitor a person’s physical condition 24/7. When needed, the implants will “provide an electrical stimulus to the related systems,” meaning they will be able to precisely target and repair diseases such as arthritis and even some bowel disease.
It’s so far removed from Wolverine’s ability to survive fatal wounds, but it’s a good start nonetheless.
Spider-Man’s Web shooters
Since “No Way Home” has taken the world by storm lately, let’s talk about one of the most critical pieces of web crawler superhero tech: its web shooters.
A YouTuber called Joël creates managed to create a web shooter prototype that actually shoots a web fluid surrogate (in this case, a specially designed hot glue version). Here is a video of him describing his construction:
Another YouTube channel called Blacksmith industries tried the following part of Spidey’s web shooters: actually swinging from them.
Granted, it’s not as smooth and smooth as Spider-Man, but who knows? Maybe with new technological advancements swinging like Spider-Man will be possible in the near future.
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Iron Man’s Exoskeleton / Flying Armor
British oil trader Richard Browning made headlines a few years ago when he managed to build what may be the closest attempt we have to having a real Iron Man suit. And he is able to fly in it!
According to LiveScience, Browning’s build uses three relatively small jet engines attached to his arms and back. The only way he gets in the air is to use his upper body to change the thrust of the engines.
Jetpack technology has been in development for years, and Browning’s company, Gravity Industries, is one of many at the forefront of R&D.
Captain America’s shield (which actually bounces)
One of the most recognizable traits of Captain America’s vibranium shield is that it bounces back after hitting sufficiently solid surfaces, like an armed henchman. Well, according to Inside the magic, there’s a shield that already does exactly that (although it’s not vibranium, obviously).
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The project was imagined by YouTuber JLaserVideo. It gets pretty technical when he describes how he built his version of Cap’s shield, but the results are undeniable.
It is able to fly a distance of up to 100 feet and come back almost perfectly to the launcher, as you can see in the video. Do not try to use it to deflect balls, for obvious reasons.
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