SPOILER ALERT: Untangling ''Spider-Man 2'''s fusion confusion. EW answers some burning questions regarding the Spidey sequel
Before he goes bad, ”Spiderman 2”’s Doc Ock creates an energy source using fusion. We drop the science on the evildoer’s doings.
Is Ock’s device a scientific possibility or comic-book fantasy?
Actually, Ock’s experiment is ”not too far from being reality,” says the American Physical Society’s James Riordon. Fusion — when nuclei combine in a power-generating reaction (like the sun!) — is ”one of the most promising areas of energy research.”
Ock’s fusion has a gravitational pull powerful enough to rip the jewelry off bystanders. Ever lose a watch in the lab?
Well, no. ”They are among the most powerful magnetic fields generated in a laboratory setting,” Riordon says, ”but they don’t affect anything outside [the reaction].”
And Spidey’s idea to defuse the device by dumping it into the river?
Overkill. ”It takes a lot of effort to make this thing run at all,” Riordon says. ”You could stop it just by bumping it a little.”