Marvel Comics has come out with many a blockbuster superhero movie and it seems like almost without fail they throw words like “evolution” and “mutation” around wildly inaccurately. Now I get that it’s a scifi movie and it’s fantastical and it isn’t going to be 100% accurate, but still in a nation where a minority accept the long-proven theory of evolution and 18% of those polled think the sun revolves around the earth, there is some obligation to not misinform people about basic science. Statements like (paraphrasing) “some people with mutations in their DNA may be among us already” make people think mutation = monster, when mutations are extremely common and occur many times in every individual in every generation, usually having no effect and occasionally having a minor effect like what we call family traits or a change in height, metabolism etc.
Never will a single mutation make someone be able to turn invisible or grow to ten times their size (physically impossible since their body would have to have somewhere near the density of some layers of the sun in order to have the matter to be able to expand, and that carries with it countless problems. Amazing camoflage and abilities do occur in nature, but over countless successive generations, and they typically take very indirect routes with all the cellular components having to evolve separately out of unrelated mechanisms and only very painstakingly over millions of years does a pathway emerge whereby those separate mechanisms can combine in a more complex fashion which is not just functional, but more useful than the cost in calories for growing and maintaining the mechanism, then it might be modified or another part added from somewhere else in the mechanism and so on. To suggest that “a” mutation would make you a member of the fantastic four is like suggesting that we went from this
in one step.
It’s just silly.
So in the interest of science education (and mis-education) in america, in a land where the science you misrepresent is already wildly misrepresented and misunderstood, I’m asking anyone who might read this who is affiliated with marvel comics… please don’t help.