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Monday, May 11, 2009

Dumb Question

This popped into my mind back when I saw the Wolverine movie last week, then I promptly forgot about it, but now that I'm trying to work it popped back.

Wolverine jumped out of the plane into the water near the island, right. Moreover, there was that whole waterfall thing earlier in the movie. And I'm sure in the comics, he's done his fair share of water-hijinx.

How the hell does he swim?

I mean. He's got metal in his bones. That's pretty fucking heavy! I suppose he could possibly just backfloat in or something, but anything involving actual strokes seems like it'd tire someone without super-strength out pretty fucking quickly.

I'm guessing the healing factor helps against drowning, but it doesn't seem like it'd help MOBILITY much.


  • At May 11, 2009 4:07 AM, Blogger Diabolu Frank said…

    Among my friends and family, it was always assumed Wolverine had to have super strength to apply enough force to do half the deeds depicted with his claws. It may not be cannon, but it's common sense. That's true regardless of whether adamantium is a surprisingly lightweight metal.

  • At May 11, 2009 4:13 AM, Blogger K. D. Bryan said…

    Heh. I now picture Wolverine holding his breath and slowly hacking up the underside of the shore to the surface with his claws. You know, after a long, long drowning-filled walk, that is.

  • At May 11, 2009 11:25 AM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    Since one of the big limits on human strength is just how far you can push yourself without injury, a healing factor would provide some inherent degree of strength enhancement; the adamantium bones would just push that up another notch.

    Wolvie's DEFINITELY stronger than a normal human in good shape.

    He also probably recovers from fatigue more quickly.

    He probably does have trouble swimming -- most people with extremely low body-fat levels are already slightly denser than water, and Logan is heavy enough to do Bad Things to motorcycle shocks. He probably won't automatically sink, but he's gonna be treading water furiously.

    Of course, in the movie, he hits the water with all the forward momentum of Gambit'sd li'l plane, and SKIPS LIKE A STONE most of the way to the island.

  • At May 11, 2009 12:01 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    I...don't remember the stone-skipping thing.

    That's probably for the best. :-)

  • At May 11, 2009 3:25 PM, Blogger The one letter wonder said…

    I always wondered that too, They had some kind of explianation when he fought Tigershark back in the day (under water,lol) but, I can't remember it :(

  • At May 11, 2009 6:35 PM, Blogger Centurion said…

    Being a fictitious metal, Adamantium enjoys the benefit of having near-zero mass. This causes a side effect of rendering anything made from it not suffer the difficulties of weight in an environment where gravity would otherwise have an effect.

  • At May 12, 2009 3:59 AM, Blogger Elizabeth B said…

    Ha! I noticed that too. (I saw the movie on Friday. My, that was poorly written, even for a comic book movie.) But it would have to be at least somewhat light, or the man wouldn't even be able to move. "Can't--walk--bones--too heavy."

  • At May 12, 2009 7:46 PM, Blogger Seth T. Hahne said…

    I had always presumed that the coating on his bones was like aluminum-foil-thin and vaguely porous (to allow for continued blood production and other bone purposes). If that were the case, it might only weigh a pound or less.

    Unfortunately, Marvel destroys my theory by publishing this: "Weight: (without adamantium skeleton) 200 lbs., (with adamantium skeleton) 300 lbs."

    So the answer can only be that Wolverine is a low-grade telekinetic and propels himself through the water with magic.

  • At May 17, 2009 12:53 PM, Blogger Saranga said…

    Or he does it magnetically,

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