Your Guide to Real Life Superhero Equipment

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Let's be honest... if you could gain amazing powers by stumbling clumsily into an industrial accident then someone in Florida would already have done it. Not a man among us is going to get anything from an irradiated spider bite but a bitch kitty of an infection and maybe cancer. Don't worry, though, there's always the Batman route of gadgetry, and it's only getting better and better!

The man who inspired me to write this little guide was Everett Bradford. After a long research period he's more or less perfected a glove that let's you shoot fire. For those of you that always wanted to carry a flamethrower but not be burdened with the giant tank, here's your pyromanic dream. The range isn't stellar, about only six feet counting the outstretched arm, but that's six feet further than you could set people on fire from before.

As popular as Wolverine it's no wonder that attempts to build his famous retractable claws are quite popular. There are dozens of different variations out there on YouTube, but user Abonude's version is one of the better ones. There's no palm release like many other models, so you could maybe combine it with the Prometheus device for maximum melee damage. The claws are released by centrifugal force, which can be deployed from any angle as the end of a swing. As you can see in the video they are also perfectly concealed in a jacket.

What do Mormons and Batman have in common? I have no idea, but thanks to Brigham Young University students we're one step closer to Batman's famous grapple gun that allows him to maneuver the city rooftops and descend on criminals like, well, a bat. Fired from a handheld pistol and allowing a user to ascend up to 90 feet, the device was the result of an Air Force competition to produce better ascension technology.

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