Surprisingly Accurate Details That Superhero Movies Somehow Got Right

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Vote up the most impressive details that made you say "whoa."

Superhero movies are all the rage in Hollywood these days, and many of them are among some of the greatest action flicks ever made. One aspect of superhero films that tends to be overlooked is accuracy, specifically when it comes to science and culture. And surely, no one expects comic book films to contain surprisingly accurate historical details. After all, there's no factual scientific basis for someone getting superhuman strength and the powers of a spider if a radioactive one bites a person. In the real world, they'd probably just get really sick.

Despite this, the people making the multi-billion dollar superhero films taking the world by storm do their best to include as much accuracy as possible. Just because gamma radiation can't turn a person into an Incredible Hulk, that doesn't mean the basic science isn't correct. Fortunately, there are quite a few surprisingly accurate details that superhero movies somehow got right despite the presence of otherworldly/super-powered explanations going around.

Most people never notice these details, as they tend to linger in the background. Fortunately, there are some who see something and post it to the Movie Details subreddit. Whenever this happens, something particularly remarkable about a film's production comes to light, and this list highlights the very best examples of surprisingly accurate details that superhero movies somehow got right.


  • 1
    9 VOTES

    Erik Is At A Scientific Disadvantage When He's Forced To Try And Move The Coin In 'X-Men: First Class'

    From Redditor u/abraksis747:

    X-Men First Class (2011)  - Young Erik Lehnsherr is told to move a coin. The 5 Reichsmark coin was usually made of Silver. Silver has a weak magnetic signature. Moving it would be extremely difficult for someone who isn't in control of their powers

    9 votes
  • 2
    6 VOTES

    Google Being Called "Backrub" In 'Into the Spider-Verse' Refers To The Company's Original Name

    From Redditor u/earic_14:

    In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, when Gwen Stacy arrives in New York, in the background, Google is called "Backrub." This is a reference to the original name of Google before it was a registered domain.

    6 votes
  • 3
    6 VOTES

    Miles's Electric Powers Illuminates The Nervous System In 'Into the Spider-Verse'... And Not The Skeleton

    From Redditor u/PJMcKrafty:

    In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, when Miles Morales electrocutes Peter B. Parker, it illuminates his nervous system instead of the usual cartoon trope of his skeleton. Being much more scientifically accurate.

    6 votes
  • 4
    6 VOTES

    Honey Lemon's Battle Tactics Utilize Specific Chemical Elements In 'Big Hero 6'

    From Redditor u/nairshark:

    In Big Hero 6 (2014), this happens:

    From Tumblr user shinobicyrus:

    Clearly, I am really slow on the uptake, because I just realized if you look at the buttons on Honey Lemon's purse. Those are the abbreviations for elements on the periodic table. Honey doesn't just go into battle, push a button, and have it spit out a pre-made chemical ball. She literally encounters an obstacle, comes up with a solution in her head, and types up a formula for it on the fly.

    6 votes
  • 5
    6 VOTES

    Odin's Horse In 'Thor' Has Eight Legs Because It's Mythologically Accurate

    From Redditor u/TheCheshireCody:

    In the first Thor movie, Odin's horse has eight legs. While it is never mentioned in the movie, this is Sleipnir - Odin's steed from Norse Mythology.

    6 votes
  • 6
    5 VOTES

    The Commo Keyboard Hydra Uses In 'The First Avenger' Has A (Geographically Accurate) QWERTZ Keyboard

    From Redditor u/adyeardley:

    Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - When Cap and the Howling Commandos are behind enemy lines, the Hydra typewriter uses a QWERTZ keyboard, as this is a more common layout for Central Europe.

    5 votes