Fantastic Balance?

#1 Posted by Buckshot (18915 posts) - - Show Bio

How does Mr. Fantastic balance his body when he stretches out over long distances? I know things in comics don't always behave like the day in reality, but when Iceman makes a huge bridge or slide, he creates supports for it. Mr. Fantastic on the other hand seems to be able to stretch the top half of his body (or other parts) as far out as he wants and keep his feet on the ground without falling over. Anyone know why/how this works? Am I missing something simple?

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#2 Posted by G-Man (34060 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess he can just hold it up like if you hold out your arm. He must have some crazy muscle stuff goin' on in his body. No idea.

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#3 Posted by Buckshot (18915 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought about that, the arm thing, but your arms (hopefully) aren't as long as Reed can make his. What I was really thinking about though, was when he stretches out the top half of his body. If you bend over at the waist you can feel the pull forward like you might fall. You can easily hold yourself up, but if your upper body were twice as long I doubt you could, and Reed can stretch much more than twice his length. I guess it would just have to be amazing muscle strength and control.

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#4 Posted by The_MVPs (84693 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe the same way a snake is able to hold different gravity defying positions?

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#5 Posted by Buckshot (18915 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess, just exaggerated for something much, much longer.

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#6 Posted by Ms. Invisible (3292 posts) - - Show Bio

When he stretches out, doesn't he make an "S" shape? I guess that also helps him balance so he can stand up straight.

#7 Posted by Buckshot (18915 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't think of that but you're right, he usually does fold over himself in the air. He doesn't always though. The image that prompted my question was from the UFF annual. He's sticking out of the Baxter Building with nothing that resembles support:

Whatever though, I'm going to take all of your answers and mix that in with the knowledge that it's a comic book and I'll be fine. Thanks for responding.

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#8 Posted by the creator (8577 posts) - - Show Bio

As he can redistribute bodily mass, maybe he internally moves mass downwards so altering his centre of gravity - lightening the load if you will so his muscles can still support him.

#9 Posted by Buckshot (18915 posts) - - Show Bio

Another good one!

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#10 Posted by Prodigal Son (3473 posts) - - Show Bio

The Creator pretty much took the words right out of my mind. Bodily mass redistribution. That's the first thing that came to mind.

#11 Posted by fesak (7054 posts) - - Show Bio

Appearantly it's not that easy either, there was a scene in Runaways (25?) where Xavin, the team super-skrull tried to stretch from one rooftop to another, but he messed it up and fell down. Fun stuff.

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#16 Posted by difficlus (10679 posts) - - Show Bio

Better question is how do his organs work when he is like that? 200 meter heart?

#17 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@difficlus: I know they went over that kind of topic in Ultimate FF (around the first few issues). I know they explained why he doesn't have to eat, I just don't remember atm :/
#18 Posted by difficlus (10679 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024 said:
@difficlus: I know they went over that kind of topic in Ultimate FF (around the first few issues). I know they explained why he doesn't have to eat, I just don't remember atm :/
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