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The Wolverine Featurette: A Little Bit of Stupid, A Lot of Awesome

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | July 2, 2013 | Comments ()


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They've released a new featurette for The Wolverine, kind of halfway between a trailer and a conversation with the filmmakers. So they get to drop in with descriptions of what they were trying to do while what amounts to a staggered trailer plays between the dudes talking. I'm not quite sure if it's nice to just let the filmmakers say what they were aiming for, or if it's just a novel way of being too lazy to cut up a proper trailer. Probably a mixture of both.

Here's the video:

Let's get the stupid out of the way because it's monumental. You can't outrun a nuclear explosion, and I don't mean to argue with comic book physics but this is sort of very simple. A nuke blows and a wave of catastrophic radiation blasts out from its center at the speed of light. To put it in perspective, that's so fast that it could get halfway to the moon in a single second. Then at the speeds of normal matter, the shockwave follows. Because the blast of air and debris cannot travel faster than the speed of light. Radiation wave, followed shortly by blast wave. This trailer has the blast wave hit, and the Wolverine gets McGuffin dude to shelter and blocks him from the radiation that fries Logan's back like so much delicious bacon.

I can appreciate movie physics as much as anyone, but apparently in the Marvel universe, the speed of sound is greater than the speed of light.

Oh, the rest of the trailer is quite good. If you can get over the fact that it vomits in science's mouth for the first thirty seconds.

The Wolverine opens July 25th.



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  • Colombo

    Still better science than sinking ice

  • BlackRabbit

    And he's not gay! He really means it!

  • Horatio Postlethwaite

    Not to mention that humans do not have that level of healing ability nor could they survive the process or the result of a metal that doesn't exist being grafted to their bones. Pfft, stupid.

  • But is Logan human? Isn't the whole premise that he's mutant and his mutant power is healing? And yes, I know you were joking. At least, I really hope you were....

  • Horatio Postlethwaite

    Well, he is still human if he can breed with other humans. But yes, I was joking.

  • So, no cross-species breeding then? Damn. There goes half the urban fantasy canon...

  • Horatio Postlethwaite

    Well, I was just stating the technical definition. As we all know, such things do not apply in the real comic world! And it doesn't mean you can't have all the fun...

  • Some Guy

    Making any claims based off of trailer editing aside,

    The severity of injuries in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were often dependent on what color clothing you were wearing at the time. There is tons of documentation, pictures, etc, showing women exposed to the blast with horrible burns that trace the dark ink used in the pattern of their white kimono,.

    The white cloth reflected much of the radiation, leaving the sin underneath relatively unburned, while the dark cloth absorbed it and turned the skin under into carbon.

    In Hiroshima, there are even pieces of paper that were exposed to the blast. School children had been practicing drawing their arabic numerals, 1,2,3,4, etc, on down. The dark ink used to draw the numbers burned out, leaving the rest of the white paper untouched.

    The physics of nuclear weapons are crazier than you might think.

    Not saying the movie isn't stupid for doing anything of the nature, but still. Let's not all pretend we're experts on the physical effects of close proximity nuclear explosions.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Thank you, that was fascinating.

  • Marc Greene

    It kind of looks more like flash of light - shockwave - blast of heat. Still wrong, but maybe some of that is due to the editing for the trailer. We can only hope I guess...

  • luckypete

    Looks like the Wolverine movie many people have kind of waited for... kind of. We've been here before though.

  • BendinIntheWind

    If science didn't want to vomit in its own mouth it shouldn't have given us Ipecac.

  • AnnaKendrick'sLoveMuffin

    But the important bit is that he's using a refrigerator door to protect the guy.

  • If science doesn't want vomit in it's mouth it shouldn't keep telling the cool kids who can and can't outrun nuclear explosions all the time.

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