Sunday, July 31, 2016

The BIG League



It was cool seeing both Ant-Man and The Atom grow to giant-size and battle in Captain America: Civil War and DC's Legends of Tomorrow respectively, but I have to admit that I had the same issue with both action sequences.  I'm not sure why when they size up, they suddenly start moving in slow motion.  It seems to undermine any advantage they get from being huge.  Wouldn't they still move around at a normal rate?

9 comments:

Richard Fuller said...

I think the deduction is gravity would cause that slo-mo on something so large.

Alan Gunhouse said...

Actually, it is the speed of nerve conduction that is the problem. The nerves..and muscles...only react so fast. That is why many of the larger dinosaurs had a secondary nerve plexus to handle the reflexes in the most distant mosts of their body.

Cary Comic said...

When chasing henchmen, though, even a lumbering fast walk (like that typical of a stampeding elephant) would eat up twice as much ground as a normal human's running.

Bob Greenwade said...

While I haven't seen either sequence as yet, my guess would be that they actually were moving at the normal rate; the giant size just made it look like slow motion. Running at 15 mph looks a lot different when each stride is 35 feet long than when it's 3.5 feet.

Even so, I think Alan's explanation has some merit too.

As to this cover, I'd love to see if, some day in the future, you can get them to square off against Godzilla.

Chris Lawton said...

I liked this description that I found:
"Someone answered that speed doesn't scale which is the gist of it. An easy intuitive way is to imagine you putting your arms out to your sides outstretched and then bringing your palms together as fast as you can and clap. It would take most folks less than a second with the average being something like 5-6 feet distance between the hands. Now imagine being scaled out to the point where one of your arms outstretched reaching the Sun and the other arm touching Earth. It takes roughly 8 minutes for the light from the sun to reach us. If you clapped your hands and it only took the same half a second it takes us, your hands would travel faster than the speed of light" ultimately, it wouldn't look right. The giant action would be too fast in relation to everything else. It's all perception really.

Anonymous said...

I like the cover but I think you need a background that shows their scale as being giants like a city. Also, this would have been perfect for Apache Chief (not sure if he's ever appeared in a comic).

Anonymous said...

Oh, if only Gigantor could have been part of this group! Bigjeffoh

A. Clay Campbell esq. said...

And you forgot to include the Apache Chief.

Kid Charlemagne said...

Also, Ant-Man and the Atom are good guys, so they'd be concerned about stepping on innocent folks and teammates, which could cause some hesitation in their movements.

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