Willing suspension of disbelief in movies, television, and literature genres ultimately depends on the value of their narratives. Viewers/readers often give up the notion of truth, because their too engaged to care otherwise. In the realm of comic books, where the laws of physics are broken every time a page is turned, some pills are harder to swallow than others. In the case of Marvel vs. DC, the question arises: “Is there one publisher that makes the implausibility of fictional sciences and fantastical things seem more acceptable than the other?” If you we’re ever undecided, or simply never cared to consider it, the all-father of comics Stan “The Man” Lee is here to tell you what makes MARVEL the superior sellers of the supernatural.

Appearing in a new three-part PBS documentary Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, which will premiere next Tuesday, the foremost co-creator in legendary comic book heroes and villains discusses the fictional science behind some of Marvels most beloved characters. Although he describes himself as “the least scientific person you’ll ever know,”  he compares Thor to Superman. In particular, their power of flight, and respectively, how one hero’s method of propulsion is more rational than the other.

Hey Stan, I love you man – you indirectly told DC Comics to go fuck themselves and that makes me laugh. I gotta say, though, your logic is flawed. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”  If Thor throws the hammer he would fly in the opposite direction, if he holds on to the hammer he would fly… nowhere. If anything, the energy to propel him through the air, holding on as tight as he could, the opposing forces would likely tear his arm off; god or no god. Regardless, Stan, you make me wanna be a true believer. Your comics were always better than DC, because of the most scientific element of them all… the human element.

Source: Boing Boing

Category: Comics, Nerd Culture, TV