One mathematically-inclined Marvel fan has discovered the Wasp's secret super-power; she drives a supersonic van. The fan used the scientific inconsistencies of Marvel's Ant-Man & the Wasp to reveal that Hank Pym has cracked science even Tony Stark would be jealous of.

Comic book movies are well known for their pseudoscience, and Ant-Man was one of the best examples to date. The film introduced the idea of the Pym Particles, which can be used to change a man's size - allowing Scott Lang to become both Ant-Man and Giant-Man. But the problem with pseudoscience is that it's very easy to slip up, and the Pym Particles are full of contradictions. When Ant-Man shrinks, he retains his mass - thus cracking flagstones when he drops upon them. So how does he ride an ant? And if shrinking grants Ant-Man tremendous strength because his molecules are more densely packed together, shouldn't Giant-Man be weaker because his molecules are further apart?

Ant-Man & the Wasp is sure to contain a lot more scientific inconsistencies, and one alert viewer has spotted a major one in the trailers. Where some of the other problems are pretty much impossible to explain - viewers are just expected to suspend their disbelief - the Redditor in question has actually posed a possible solution.

Ant-Man & The Wasp's Van Sequence Doesn't Make Sense

One of the most entertaining scenes in the Ant-Man trailers is a scene where Hope shrinks her Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van in order to throw off the pursuit. She then drives underneath a car being driven by criminals, before restoring the van to normal size; the hilarious results it that the bad guys' vehicle is tossed aside. It's a brilliant scene, but there's one subtle problem with it.

In Ant-Man, the shrunken Scott Lang didn't develop super-speed; he was simply running at normal speed, but with legs that were a lot shorter. In the same way, you'd expect a shrunken vehicle to be unable to catch up with a normal-sized car. Just how fast is Hope's van actually driving?

In order to work that out, you need to begin by calculating the van's actual size in its shrunken form. It's actually possible to do that, though, because Hope's van actually drives past a brick. According to the Redditor, your standard brick is 215mm long and 102.5mm wide. The van appears to be about three-fifths of the length of the brick; that means you can work out something more precise by taking a Mercedes Benz Sprinter's proportions, and shrinking them down until you hit the right ratio. The Redditor calculated that the van is 61.5mm long and 18.8mm wide.

Ant-Man & the Wasp takes place in San Francisco. That means the speed limit is 25mph in the city; however, these are criminals, so the Redditor assumes they're going something more like 40mph. Keeping up would mean Wasp's van was driving at a comparative 4,321mph. That means Wasp's van is actually capable of traveling at supersonic speeds - and those tires must be made of pretty strong material. Still, Wasp is using Pym-tech, so it's not inconceivable.

Of course, the reality is that this is all a bit of fun and that Marvel's superhero movies aren't quite so consistent as they like to make out. We'll have to wait and see what other laws of physics are broken in Ant-Man & the Wasp.

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