Physic behind superheros’ superpowers was one of the projects in physic class. So basically, everyone needed to choose one of their favorite heroes and then researched the physic behind their hero’s superpower. My hero was The Incredible Hulk, and here are the science that I found behind some of his superpowers.
“If you find yourself on a side of battle opposite the Hulk, you’re on the losing side.”
The Incredible Hulk is a fictional superhero appeared in American comic books. Hulk had two appearances and they were based on his mood. He was green when he was mad and was back to a normal person when he calmed down. The madder he got the stronger he was. Hulk was called “The Incredible” because of his superpowers: leaping and jumping abilities, high resistance and durability, thunder claps (slamming hand to create large force), healing ability, survival in space, superhuman speed, and more.
On the other hand, most Hulks’ superpowers were related to physic and some biology. For instance, his thunderclaps, was very loud as a sonic boom explodes or a hurricane. As a humans being, at around 150 decibels (the unit measurement of the loudness), our eardrums will be destroyed. However, Hulks’ thunderclaps were about 300 decibels, which could melt and devastate stuff. But how could this be possible? Hulks’ thunderclaps was extremely powerful because when his two hands came together so fast, it created heat and had formed large force that then went toward the direction that his hand was pointing until it hit with object(s).
In The Incredible Hulk movie, the Hulk was originally a scientist named Bruce Banner who is a geneticist who worked on cell regeneration. However, one day the machine that was working with was fail so Bruce got hit by gamma radiation accidentally. Gamma radiation is the most powerful energy formed of light. Its wavelength is pretty small but carried a lot of energy. The idea of Bruce Banner became the Hulk is an example of epigenetic, the study of how environment affects gene. Bruce’s body turned to the Hulk whenever he got angry because chemical of the gamma ray reacted to his gene that would then created proteins and improved Bruce’s muscle size. Upon reading this was not the reason why the Hulk is green because gamma radiation was not green. It was because of the Hulk got a full body bruise when he absorbed the gamma radiation, and when that happened his blood cells that were under the skin will got damaged. So, when the cells got destroyed some sort of side effect happened, which showed as yellow, blue, and black, and one of them was green. Therefore, whenever Bruce Banner got mad the gamma radiation provided him with a massive body bruise that made him turned to an immense green beast.
Although what had happened to Hulk might seemed realistic but some of his abilities were actually not. If anyone were to get hit gamma radiation, he/she won’t gained any superpower; in fact, it will make the persons’ cells damaged and there will be a high chance that cancer will be occurred.
However, one of the Hulks’ superpowers could possibly exist in the real world, and that was leaping and jumping abilities. Both of these strength got three different stages: take off, flight, and landing. Anyone could become a better jumper or leaper, all they needed to do were, exercising their body, training hard, and putting enough time in order to get successful. Leaping and Jump had to do a lot in parkouring. David Belle, was known as the inventor of today’s parkour and he was a parkourist professional as well. David was literally could do almost the same things that the Hulk performed with his jumping and leaping abilities. The differences were their size and the distance of jumping/leaping. In The Incredible Hulk movie, there were so many things that were based on fact but movie itself didn’t showed. For instance, as mentioned earlier, the Hulk’s thunderclaps is about 300 decibel, which did not make any sense if any human could handle to the situation when the Hulk clapped his hands because human eardrum has already been devastated within 150 decibel.