The Science of Superheroes

Rohit C. 

Human life is a masterpiece of biological science, nothing comes close to or will ever replace humans on this planet, unless we have some otherworldly weird aliens taking us over! The primal urge to explore has led to several fascinating scientific discoveries. Our curiosity to venture into unknown territory will continue to stretch the limits of our exploratory behavior. From developing space cruising flying machines to ever-growing powerful space rockets, driverless cars to AI-induced robots, humans have come a long way from their early days of mastering how to create fire and inventing the wheel. 

Science is both serious and funny. It is serious as it shows how an unseen greedy virus travels via air to tamper with our biological machine and we can do nothing! Science is fun stuff, it makes you laugh like a drain, try inhaling nitrous oxide. And that science works to entertain us is a forgone conclusion, for we can think beyond the box and imagine a fictional world of superheroes, and their amazing superpowers. Maybe what is science fiction today, can in years to come become real and part of our daily lives. So, let us dive into the origin stories of some of our favorite Superheroes that have been bitten by the science bug. 


Iron Man

Tony Stark, the man behind the Iron Man is an engineering genius, who built the first suit to protect himself from a communist overlord. Thereafter his armor suit has undergone several upgrades. The latest armor suit The Mark LXXXV (Mark 85), is the most powerful and advanced ever worn by Tony Stark. It is laced with hi-tech features more advanced than its predecessor, giving the armor greater adaptability, durability, and power. The suit can be easily deployed or disintegrated, even on casual clothing. The Mark LXXXV is controlled via highly sophisticated neuro-interface circuitry that makes our fastest internet and A.I. tech outdated! 

Iron Man’s armor is donned with all possible capabilities including advanced bleeding-edge tech, tiny particles able to move and change at will, and not to miss the nano-tech imagined array of weaponry. There are some new technologies integrated into the armor suit’s changing roles, the holographic energy shield in blue light to protect the user, something which Wakanda was doing with vibranium. Another interesting feature in Tony Stark’s Mark LXXXV is the foreign object integration function which he uses to transfer the Infinity stones from the Nano Gauntlet to the suit's right gauntlet snapping his fingers to defeat villainous Thanos and his army. The power surge of infinity stones was so immense that eventually Iron Man also lost his life saving mankind. Do not worry science is alive, we will get to see Iron Man soon in a new avatar. 



The amazing spider-man is nothing short of an iconic superhero recognized worldwide for his web-slinging antics. Peter Parker is a science-whiz, gets kissed by a beautiful radioactive spider at a science exhibit making him feel dizzy. As Peter wobbles out onto the street, a car narrowly misses hitting him but for the newfound instinct that makes him do a superhuman leap into the air, landing on the side of a building and clings to it. Peter is surprised by his spidery skills "proportionate speed, strength, and agility of a spider." A creation of radiation, Spider-man is immune to radiation, his “Spider-Sense” alerts him to dangers which he might not see. Spider-sense is even more powerful allowing Spidey to get the vision of events to come!

A great superhero gets his hands dirty fighting hard with super-villains and gets smashed, and sometimes severely injured. Spider-man's power of healing is so strong that he just needs a goodnight sleep to stand up on his feet while his rival is exhausted.



If there is one superhero character who has stood the test time as a genuine icon of American Pop culture, it has to be the mighty Hulk. Bruce Banner lives a dual life, the human side is of soft-spoken scientist, looking at him no one would imagine that he can grow into a monstrous beast powered by his uncontrollable rage. While working at the research facility, scientist Bruce Banner is exposed to extremely heavy doses of gamma radiation, after he comes in direct contact with a gamma bomb blast. The human banner was saving a teenager who accidentally drives onto the test field. The result is all pumped up banner, not even protein shakes can bring those 100X muscles, green, mean machine the Hulk. He can smash potatoes, tomatoes and of course all the supervillains! And when Hulk gets super angry, even the immortals living on earth would think twice before touching him for he can punch through dimensions, hiding behind reality, even time and space does not work. Hulk’s immense power and superhuman speed have no bounds as he can destroy planets, leap across continents in a single bound. High-calibre gunfire or even nuclear bombs hardly leaves a scar on Hulk as both his regenerative and adaptive healing abilities are astounding. Professor Hulk is immortal!


Barry Allen aka Flash, a lazy forensic expert gets drenched by a case full of unknown chemicals when a lightning bolt strikes his lab, he dozes off, smelling a cocktail of chemicals. When he wakes up, Allen finds that as a result of the chemical splash, he has acquired super-human speed, lightning reflexes, and super quick healing. 

Flash can run faster than the speed of thought. He can vibrate himself to pass through solid matter. He does time travel easily. To be able to generate vortexes by spinning his arms quickly show Flash’s power of super speed. Mind reading does not work with Flash as he can shifts his thoughts at a speed faster than normal thought. The massive Speed Force protects Flash with a protective aura to counter any friction and kinetic impacts. 


The science-induced superheroes play a larger-than-life role, open up a curious human mind to thoughts of unknown possibilities. The truth lies in the immense power of pop icons that, besides entertaining the masses, also influences us to think, explore, and maybe for a genius in making, to give science a second thought.