Magneto’s 7 Secret Powers! (Because Science w/ Kyle Hill)

Magneto’s 7 Secret Powers! (Because Science w/ Kyle Hill)


– Magneto, I’m disappointed in you, man. You’re one of the most
powerful mutants to ever live, and yet, you could be so
much more powerful if you simply looked into the science
of your own superpowers. You can do more than
levitate and pull iron out of abusive security guards’ blood. Here are seven superpowers that
you may not have thought of. (uptempo electronic music) Magneto was created all
the way back in 1963 by Stan Lee and Jack
Kirby as Max Eisenhardt, a human mutant with the ability to generate and manipulate
magnetic fields. Now, unless you avidly read
X-Men comics, most of what you’ve seen Magneto do is move
metals around and levitate. But if Magneto can manipulate
magnetic fields, he has way more superpowers than just those. But first, magnetism, how does that work? Magnetism is a part of
electromagnetism, one of the four fundamental forces of the universe. This force binds electricity
and magnetism together such that changing an
electric field creates a magnetic field as
described by Ampère’s law. And changing a magnetic field
induces an electric field as described by Faraday’s
law of induction. Now what about magnets, how do they work? Down at the quantum scale, the motion of tiny charged particles like electrons creates tiny magnetic fields. The two are linked remember,
so just about all matter that you know of is
intrinsically magnetic, just of varying intensities. So for example, this marker
is what we call diamagnetic. In the presence of a magnetic
field, its tiny particles create a magnetic field that opposes the magnetic field it’s inside. We consider these kind of
materials to be non-magnetic. On the other hand, if you
take a ferromagnetic material, like this piece of iron, in the
presence of a magnetic field all of its tiny magnets align to create the kind of magnet that you’re used to. (minimalist electronic music) What Magneto can do in
the comic books and movies and TV shows is then based on
the link between electricity and magnetism and the interaction of these forces and fields with materials. What he can do is impressive
and even kind of science-y. But now that we know the
basis for his superpowers, we can give him even more. (mumbles) So here are seven other
superpowers that Magneto gets simply from being the master of magnetism. Magneto is always moving so
slow, and that’s because he has to use a ton of power to levitate over non-magnetic stuff. That is possible if you use a
crap-ton of magnetic fields, like this frog is experiencing. But there is a way he can
travel much, much faster. Magneto could go to any
pair of train tracks in the world and start running. Then, at some speed
according to Lenz’s law and depending on the magnetic
field underneath him, he would begin to levitate like a magnetically levitated train. Then, he could create
alternating magnetic fields on the sides of him to accelerate him up to hundreds of kilometers per hour. If Magneto got clever,
he could put iron filings in thousands of pounds of putty. Then, as in this video, he
could use his magnetic fields and powers to animate that mass and make it a nearly indestructible
sticky goll-um beast. Having a power over
magnetism is really a power over electromagnetism and
electromagnetic radiation like visible light. So using his magnetic fields,
Magneto could bend light around himself to become
invisible whenever he wanted. Oh No! As we’ve learned an
electric field can create a magnetic field and vice versa. So facing a metallic enemy
like Colossus or Wolverine, Magneto could apply a huge
magnetic field around them which would induce an electric current to flow through one of these guys. Electric currents tend to make
stuff hotter when they flow through something. So at some point, as in this
video, the metal would melt, meaning that Wolverine’s bones would turn straight into goo. Remember that one time Magneto ripped all of the adamantinum
out of Wolverine’s body? Pretty cool. Literally boiling Wolverine’s skin off because his bones are
melting, even cooler. If Magneto’s magnetic
fields were strong enough, he could use them to force atoms so close together that they actually fused and released huge amounts of energy. We try to do the same
things with magnetic fields in experimental fusion reactors like you’re seeing in this video. So Magneto could single-handedly
end the energy crisis. Or and stick with me here,
this gets a little complicated, technically Magneto
could create lightsaber! The end of the world may come in the form of a gamma ray burst, or a
meteor strike, or global warming. Or it could happen after
humanity is plunged into chaos following the loss of all
of the world’s electronics. If Magneto used every ounce
of his powers, he may be able to disrupt the plasma flowing
along the intense magnetic field lines of the sun. If he could, then Magneto
could send a solar flare directly at Earth with
charged particles screaming at a million miles per hour impacting all of the world’s electronics and creating electric currents inside
of them to fry them and send us back to the Stone Age. This is to scale. (yelling) Hey I just forgot all of
X-Men: The Last Stand. Nice. Everything that you are,
every thought you have, every desire, every personality
quirk that makes you, you, is more or less the result of
a storm of electrical signals thundering around the
neurons of your brain. And as we’ve learned
magnetic fields can alter electrical signals, so magnetic fields can mess with your mind. And we know this to be true
because we’ve studied it. It’s called transcranial
magnetic stimulation, and it can move your limbs
without you willing them to do so as you’re seeing in this video. We’ve also found that it can alter your brain chemistry and
help fight depression. And it can turn off
the parts of your brain that reason morally. This is in theory complete
control over body and mind, a power at least as strong
as Charles Xavier’s powers. And Magneto has it. So according to science
Magneto should be able to do way more than just move
metal and levitate. He could travel like a high-speed train. He can melt Wolverine from the inside out. He could control your mind. And he could end the world. Seems that Max is even more powerful than we thought because science. You can’t see it, but I’m levitating. I assure you. (upbeat electronic music) Thank you so much for watching. Follow me on Twitter @Sci_Phile
to suggest ideas for future episodes, on Instagram
where I’m now posting extra mini-episodes of Because Science. And if you have any more
science-y superpowers for Magneto put them in the comments below. Now this Saturday–shameless
plug–I am hosting the new MythBusters show, called
MythBusters: The Search. It airs Saturdays on the science channel. You can catch the second
episode this Saturday. There’s explosions. What’s incredible about
magnetism if you think about it, is that it cannot be fully understood without quantum mechanics. So when you see a magnet, it’s only responding to magnetic
forces and attracting other things because of quantum mechanics. This doesn’t happen in everyday life. We don’t get to see how the universe works at the smallest scales. But things are only magnetic
because charged particles are moving around at the quantum
scale, and those line up with each other in the orbitals of atoms in just the right way,
so they don’t cancel out. And then those atoms all
line up the right way in regions and materials, and
then regions and materials all line up the right way to
produce strong magnetic fields that we can notice at our scale. Magnetism is a window into the fabric of the universe,
into how it really works. And all of that you can get
from a refrigerator magnet. (bouncy electronic music)

100 thoughts on “Magneto’s 7 Secret Powers! (Because Science w/ Kyle Hill)

  1. But could Magneto move Thor's hammer? New mini-episode on my Insta (https://www.instagram.com/sci_Phile/). Thanks for watching! — KH

  2. Magnetic putty doesn't work like that. At least not in my experience. The kind I own doesn't work like that. Instead over a long enough time some of the iron filings become attracted to the magnet and form a temporary magnetic blob. Then that piece will gently and slowly sway back and forth following its magnetic mate and the movement will cause it to stretch slowly until it is thin enough to separate and stick to the magnet. I admit it is possible though that my magnetic putty doesn't contain enough iron particles to function properly.

  3. Magneto is a genius level intellect he's shown this in the comics and. cartoons. Its only the movies they depowered him. his entire suit is made of some sort of metallic alloy as well.

  4. 6:34 didnt charles say that to eric, "when you master yourself, there is no limit to what you can do" or something like that. well, thank you science(& kyle 😉

  5. And here I thought magneto used his powers pretty well considering all I'd probably do with them is stick things to the fridge

  6. Problem: according to your video on Invisibility in real life, bending photons around your body can also make you blind to your surroundings, so how can he make use of it?

  7. Dude's a human rail gun. Why is he not carrying handfuls of like… quarters of bullets iunno.

  8. He can also, theoretically use an already active storm to shoot lightning bolts at people, if I understand the science. Which I probably don't.

  9. Even worse that he can actually explode the earth from inside because of the iron-nickel core of the earth.

  10. He can also manipulate electric fields to shock people manipulate telecommunications control lightning super sensing through electric field etc

  11. How dose he move -& reshape metals -without melting/heating them? I think he has another power. Am I right? Let me know please.

  12. He can make electricity as well… and can might make the human bone turn to metal or maybe turn water to metal, buti like telekinesis better.

  13. He could also stop the iron spinning in the inner and outer core as well as the mantle then send a solar flare at the earth

  14. If Magneto ever gave himself super speed, he would crash into random debris and die in a matter of seconds.

  15. Nerdist, due to the correlation between magnetism and electricity, could Magneto fire discharges of lightning like Storm can?

  16. The first extra power I thought of is railgun lol,
    if he holds any metal object with his thumb and index finger and generate a changing magnetic field in between the "loop" created between his fingers and the object, he would be able to shoot that object out with immense "force" given large enough magnetic field
    also I think he can induce magma burst onto the surface where ever he wants. I remember my professor told me that the Earth's magnetic field also came from magma convection, so yeah, he can turn the fighting scene into a hellish ground if he wants, and while doing so, he probably also disrupted the Earth's magnetic field as well, causing a possibly-weaken field and let more solar radiation came into the Earth during that time

  17. If I had magnetos powers I would get some of that wakanda flower juice and then have my bones covered with an antimantium/wakanda vibranium mix. Then I'm a have me a gangsta ass antarctic vibranium sword made just for slicing and dicing wolverine.

    Because screw that guy.

  18. What about lightning casting? He should be as good at that as Thor or Storm, no?

    Also, I seem to recall a moment in the 80s when Cosmic Boy (good DC Magneto) had the kind of moment of inspiration you're describing and realized he could fly all on his own without his flight ring. 🙂

  19. Actually magneto in the comics has power over all Electromagnetic forces, but magnetic manipulation and generation is his strongest power. And Adamantium doesn't melt.

  20. 3:40 = Risotto Nero does this with his Stand Metallica in Part 5 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Although it might not be because of direct photon manipulation and more tiny iron filings in the rocks around him that reflect the light around him making him invisible.

  21. Sooo if I get a strong enough magnetic field I can vaporize thing by scrambling and ripping of electrons

  22. Why doesnt he just put metel in the soul of his boots and on his wrist then he can fly as fast as he wants anywhere

  23. Can't he control the weather with magnetism by affecting the atmosphere and magneto sphere? If I'm not mistaken even water is ever so slightly magnetic.

  24. Wolverine, is basically a walking lightning rod. So, when Magneto used his powers to control Wolverine, what would have happened if Wolverine was struck by lightning at the same time?

  25. Ya this makes the opening of the 90s series make more sense. It always looked to me like Magneto was responding to Professor X's psychicness with his magnetism.

  26. One of the most interesting things he could do would be to simply keep a cloud of microscopic metal particles around himself. He could send them into the lungs of anyone he wanted dead then form a lump that punches through their heart. Or he could form the particles into a shield wall to keep anyone out. It wouldn't be much of a movie if he walked in the room and everybody died instantly

  27. I think magneto actually can't control magnetism but just metal control… Like control fire instead of creating fire itself he controls the magnetic metal but not the magnetic field involved

  28. Weaponised ferrofluids would be awful. Non-newtonian fluids, even more so… grin

    Then again, instead of using the Sun, there's always the ionosphere to play around with.

  29. This reminds me of infamous 1 and 2. The character have electric powers and he does do this kind of things.

  30. In the comics he uses his powers in some of those ways too. He actually did melt Wolverine from the inside out & for a time he melted adamatium into Sabertooth. He constantly has up a Magnetic Force field that blocks him from everything pretty much, not just metals. He regularly shoots out magnetic energy beams. He moves super fast. He does have a degree of mind control too. Some of these powers (like his mind control & super speed) got past down to his son & daughter Quick Silver & The Scarlet Witch but they have a greater degree of control over those individual powers.

  31. For those who don’t know why the clown face, Love how he’s making fun of ICP when he says how do magnets work lol

  32. How would Magneto be able to control electromagnetic radiation which itself is electrically neutral?
    The motion of electromagnetic waves would not be changed by an electric or magnetic field, would it?

  33. 4:15. Issue 75. With the holographic card. Which was actually stolen from me. In a home invasion while I was on vacation. Cuz Shitbags.

    That was a pretty awesome. Things I didn't even think of that you are 100% correct on. Of course the only one of these that actually happened. Was the wolverine one. But I think Colossus would have had it even worse time of it.

  34. I'm betting there aren't many who caught the ICP joke. Bravo sir, from the only juggalo watching this channel.

  35. super speed by rail, railguns, emp eclipse, cloaking, and energy by fusion reaction which equals money, rich boi, welcome to eisenhardt energy

  36. If I was Magneto I would fuck around with my powers beside my dad like taking off the road signs, the train tracks, control all the PC's in my school, and if I feel like could even destroy the US

  37. wait, magneto could not become invisible because photons, while transmitting electromagnetism, are not effected by electromagnetism

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