‘Fantastic Four’ Featurettes Explore the Reality Behind the Fantastic Science
One of the things that makes watching superhero films so fun is the incredible fiction involved. These films take scientific concepts beyond what’s possible, but both comic books and their big screen counterparts tend to find inspiration in real science. A new set of Fantastic Four featurettes compares the fantastical science fiction of the film with science fact, with the help of renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku.
It’s inevitable that once someone like Neil deGrasse Tyson sees Fantastic Four, he’ll take to Twitter to criticize the film’s science, as he’s done previously with movies like Interstellar. But 20th Century Fox is ahead of him with these four featurettes (they’re really fond of releasing these promos in groups of four), exploring the real science behind the science fiction.
The featurettes are short and simple, examining concepts like alternate dimensions, teleportation, worm holes and invisibility. These things may seem far-fetched, but there is some basis in real science — and theoretical science — to support aspects of their reality.
A recent study, for instance, revealed that what happens to a particle in the future determines its current state, which may hold the key to our perception of time. These are fascinating concepts, and it’s the sort of science that inspires popular fiction and makes that fiction seem more tangible.
That’s enough for today’s science lesson, but these videos are certainly worth a watch if you’re into science fiction vs. science fact.
Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7.