As powerful and extraordinary as superheroes are, they are not without their weaknesses. Easily the most iconic superhero weakness is Kryptonite, which is one of Superman’s few weaknesses alongside red sun radiation and magic. To serve as a countermeasure against superhumans in my new superhero series, the government will be employing a weakness that does not just affect one superhero but all superhumans in general. This weakness can kill the weakest superhumans in seconds or minutes while the strongest superhumans take between a half hour to an hour to kill. I won’t say what this weakness is, but the way it kills its victims is going to be gruesome.
I have always been a fan of the Terminator franchise and I am looking forward to the new film Dark Fate. In this film, we are introduced to a new villainous Terminator known as the REV-9. Based on the trailer, the REV-9 is essentially a fusion between the robotic endoskeleton of the T-800 and the liquid metal coating of the T-1000. This makes it similar to the TX from Rise of the Machines, but unlike the TX, the endoskeleton and the liquid metal can operate independently from one another. This way, you get two Terminator units in one, which makes it twice as deadly as previous models and will mean double the trouble the heroes will go through. I look forward to seeing what other nasty surprises this new Terminator unit has up its metallic sleeves. One thing is certain; I don’t want to be terminated by this thing.
I just watched the film known as Crawl, which depicted a father and daughter fighting to survive against a horde of man-eating American Alligators as a hurricane ravages their home. While driving home, I was in deep analytical thought about crocodilians in general. I wondered if it was possible for an American Alligator to interbreed with an American Crocodile, resulting in hybrid offspring. I got the idea from the Liger, which is a hybrid between a lion and a tiger. Hybrid animals such as the Liger are known to be larger and more powerful than either of its parents.
With this in mind, I made some calculations about the size of both crocodiles and alligators. American Crocodiles tend to grow to an average maximum length of 16 feet and weigh 1,100 pounds while the American Alligator can grow to an average maximum length of 15 feet and weigh 500 pounds. With these calculations in mind, I think a croc/gator hybrid could grow between 20 to 25 feet in length and weigh between 2 to 3 tons. Also, alligators and crocodiles tend to lay up to 70 to 80 eggs at a time. Imagine that many of these giants roaming about.
Then I raised the stakes even higher when I remembered the killer shark film known as Deep Blue Sea, which depicted genetically engineered sharks that were smarter than either dolphins or whales or primates. Like crocodilians, sharks did not have to evolve for millions of years because they were perfectly evolved killing machines. They have been around since before the dinosaurs and survived every mass extinction event. When you combine that with human-like intelligence, you create a true super predator.
I therefore thought of taking the super smart predator concept and incorporating it into these croc/gator hybrids. Crocodilians are already one of God’s oldest and flawless killing machines. Imagine how much more formidable they would be if they were as smart and calculating as humans. Worse, imagine a creature that is 25 feet in length, weighs 3 tons, and can outsmart and outmaneuver any human that crosses its path. That is a potent mix and gives me the goosebumps.
I will tinker with this idea further in a potential story idea in the future.
In my new superhero book, I will be featuring a character with a mutated arm. This arm will be a grotesque mixture of bare muscle, sharp bone claws, and dozens of tentacles that are tipped with sharp barbs. This arm is going to be a deadly weapon when used in hand to hand combat and the damage it inflicts will be frightening.
In the Curiosity Stream documentaries, I discovered several segments that talked about the concept of megacities. We often think we can build cities horizontally forever, but the truth is that the Earth’s surface is finite. As our population grows, it would make sense to build cities vertically to accommodate our increasing numbers. Megacities are essentially super sized skyscrapers and can house tens of thousands of residents. Some megacities could be built on land, on artificial islands in the middle of the ocean, be 3D printed, or have plants and jungles growing from their walls. I am thinking of featuring a megacity in my new superhero series that could house a quarter million residents. It will be the last of its kind.
In another Curiosity Stream documentary, I became aware of attempts to create synthetic meat as a food source. To achieve this, scientists in the Netherlands have discovered that lupine seeds have more protein than meat by a third. In addition, when properly ground, the lupine seeds have the taste and texture of meat. In a world where traditional livestock are not an option, this would make sense as an alternative food source in a futuristic world. I will keep this in mind while writing my superhero story.
While watching futuristic documentaries on Curiosity Stream, I discovered ways in which people can be made superhuman through artificial means. Experiments were done to increase the muscle mass of cows and mice through genetic engineering. These animals were injected with the IGF1 Gene, which stimulates muscle growth on a cellular level. Unlike steroids, the IGF1 Gene is a natural protein that does not break the body down. The muscles of these cows and mice were increased in size by 400 percent. Imagine if the Running of the Bulls involved unleashing bulls that were as large and powerful as these super cows. Also, the super sized mouse in the picture above would be a real life Mighty Mouse and it reminds me of something from a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Both of these animals could be test subjects for a real life super soldier program like Captain America! Based on these test results, I wonder what these muscle enhancers will do to humans. We can have a real life Hulk on our hands! I will toy with this concept of genetic engineering in my new superhero story and it will serve as a potential countermeasure for humans against real Superhumans.