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9 Scientific Inaccuracies in Iron Man 3

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The Movie: When the crazy Extremis hitman takes over the plane, a bunch of high level government employees are chucked out. Iron Man must save them all before they kerplunk.

Real Life: We love how much this scene resembles the Wii Sports Resort Skydiving game! However, there is one problem, and it shows up in practically every action movie: inertia. Newton's first law of motion apparently doesn't exist in the Marvel Universe. Iron Man resolves to save the whole group by getting them to linking hands with each other. By the time he's collected everyone, they are about twenty feet above the water. Maximum drama, right? At this point, the group would be falling at about 200 km/hour (or 125 m/h). When Iron Man pulls them horizontally over the water to drop them, that force doesn't just cease to exist. Because physics, guys! If they survived the change in vector without getting ripped in two, it would be with many a shattered arm, so Iron Man would have dropped them into the water with no ability to swim. Some rescue!

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