How Does Quicksilver Safely Carry People?
I had the pleasure of watching X-Men: Apocalypse today. Reviewers haven’t been high on it, but I thought it was a fun, entertaining popcorn flick. And yes, there was actual popcorn involved–I can’t not get popcorn at the Hi-Pointe Theater.
My favorite superpower to see on the big screen is super-speed. That’s why I love Dash, the Flash, and, in X-Men, Quicksilver.
One of the best uses of super-speed is moving people around. The Flash does this all the time on the CW show, and Quicksilver does it in X-Men. But how is that possible, even in the world of comic-book physics? Consider the following:
- Have you ever tried to carry someone while running? It’s extremely difficult to do, especially if you’re holding them in your arms. It really slows you down. Perhaps Quicksilver normally moves so quickly that even a slower version of him is still quite fast.
- Super-speed does not equate to super-strength. Sometimes Quicksilver leverages his speed to throw people or fight. But people are heavy. Just because you can run quickly doesn’t mean you can pick up a 200-lb person, much less move them.
- Quicksilver moves people at an incredible velocity. At the very least, people would have terrible whiplash and get all sorts of things in their open eyes. At worst, their bodies might hemorrhage from the force. I did notice that Quicksilver tends to grab people at the neck–maybe that’s to reduce whiplash.
Despite the questionable physics, I have a lot of fun watching Quicksilver do his thing.
What do you think? Can you explain how he can safely carry people? Please keep comments spoiler free.