The Science of Ant-Man


Co-Authored by Alexandra Grunberg

With Ant-Man hitting theaters this weekend, Marvel’s tiniest Superhero is soon to become a household name. But until he does, many will be wondering just who Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is. While I won’t get into the weeds about how he is one of Marvel’s most storied characters, or a founding member of the Avengers, I will say that he is actually one of the most scientifically fascinating characters in the entire Marvel Universe. Forget Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, because Ant-Man is truly a hero for the science lovers out there.

Ant-Man’s suit has been the subject of a great deal of scientific speculation in recent months, from fans wanting to know if they’ll ever be able to shrink down to ‘Ant Size’, to scientists speculating on the potential such a suit could have, Scott Lang may not be as mighty as Thor, but he sure is sparking debate. As Outer Places writer Alexandra Grunberg is about to point out, there’s a lot of science behind this tiny superhero. From the realities of becoming tiny, to the potential of shrinking down to a quantum level, there’s a lot of fun to be had with an Ant-Suit.

Here’s what Grunberg had to say on the Science of Ant-Man and the painful realities of being really, really small:

While I was watching “The Amazing Colossal Man” on “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” the colossal man ran into a problem due to his alarming growth. The biological systems that the human body depends on at its average size, in this film’s case the circulatory system, does not continue to work well when a rapid change in size has occurred. This got me to thinking about more realistic ways in which a —> Read More