With the giant success of Man of Steel this past weekend, it’s safe to say that Superman is back in the pop culture limelight in a big way. The climax of the film features an epic showdown between our hero and the film’s villain, General Zod, and the while two Kryptonians do considerable damage to each other, they also destroy a huge portion of Metropolis. It kind of makes you wonder: what would happen if Superman punched you in the face? Watch the above video for the answer.
First of all, Superman would never punch you in the face. He would never use his superpowers to willfully harm an innocent. But let’s say for argument’s sake that he did. Well, YouTube user VSauce3 hypothesized the effects of a super-fist to the face.
If Superman punched you in the face, it would liquefy your entire body on a molecular level. Superman moves at 99% of the speed of light and his powerful fists would pack a mighty wallop at that rate of speed and mass. VSauce3 also compares it to 2,800 times the power of force than the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II. The heat from Superman’s punch is estimated to be around five million times hotter than our Sun, would generate would also be enough to liquefy you.
Obviously you could argue with how VSauce3 came up with these estimations, but it’s probably easier just focus on not upsetting Superman. He’s here to help you and not hurt you. Unless you lived in Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel. It seemed like no one survived the battle between Superman and General Zod.