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1) If you had a super power–say flying or running super fast–would using it make you tired? Does Superman get tired when he flies a long way? Does the Flash get tired from running? Is it easier for Spider-Man to walk around than it is for him to stick to walls?

2) In the universe of the Harrison Ford movie Air Force One in which Ford plays the President, did the Indiana Jones movies exist? Could Ford’s character have seen them? Here’s another example: in one episode of The Big Bang Theory, Walowitz jokes about Mayim Bialik and her character Blossom. Later, Bialik joins the cast: is it possible that her character watched Blossom?

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Written by srogers

May 4, 2011 at 11:08 am

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  1. I say yes to both, but I can’t think of any good examples. There was the Mom in No Ordinary Family. She had super speed, and they established that it sent her metabolism through the roof and she had to eat a lot. They didn’t say she got tired, but obviously if she had to consume that many calories, it took a lot of energy to run that fast.

    I’m certain I’ve seen movies where a character is demonstrated to be aware of a movie or TV show that the actor stared in, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head. Though with The Big Bang Theory, it’s possible that Bialik’s character is such a nerd that she was too busy studying particle physics or some such thing and never saw the show. (I haven’t seen enough of TBBT to know if that’s reasonable.)

    Tony

    May 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

  2. Deep stuff. And I’m going to nerd out here. For the Flash, no he would not tire. As the character is designed (or has been minus any major reboot in the last five years) he taps into this extrademensional source called “The Speed Force” for his powers. So, as long as he has a bead on that, he could run indefinitely as long as he doesn’t go too fast, at the point where he melds with the Speed Force and loses his identity. For Superman, flying has always been a matter of will power and being powered by sunlight. Break his will and maybe he couldn’t fly? Take away his exposure to the sun long enough, definitely. Just physically tired though? Nah. Spiderman does present an interesting question though. His powers are all physically based, so I’d say he should tire after a while, sort of like walking and running. Do either long enough and you will surely exhaust yourself. Of course your real question should be, do spiders tire?

    As far as the Harrison Ford question, I just have to ask, have you been watching 30 Rock? Matt Damon was a love interest of Liz Lemon’s earlier in the season. The cast went through a whole episode of mentioning a Damon film without ever mentioning the actor himself. It was hilarious watching them dance around this same white elephant. And going back to the comic book thing, a common trope in the 1960s Flash comics was to have the Flash (Barry Allen) go on and on about his inspiration, a comic book character from WWII named The Flash (Jay Garrick) he read as a kid. Turns out the comic was writers actually channelling/being inspired by an alternate reality. So perhaps “Harrison Ford” cannot exist as two characters in the same reality, but they can only in some way oddly influence or inspire one another.

    (And by God, that was nerdtastic. I’m overheating over here.)

    Brian

    May 5, 2011 at 7:50 am

  3. I’m pretty sure I recall more than a few situations in which Spidey was worn out / got his ass handed to him. There was even that (rather touching) train scene in the second film where he looked like he needed a rest. You should send that question to Ask Chris at Comics Alliance.

    Greg

    May 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm


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