This just in. Marvel has posted a video of a chat I did with Agent Carter’s Reggie Austin (Dr. Jason Wilkes) about some of the science I dreamed up to underpin some of the things in the show. In particular, we talk about his intangibility and how it connects to other properties of the Zero Matter that we’d already established in earlier episodes. You can see it embedded below (direct link here).
Still curious? Here’s a quick diagram of the things I talked about. I drew something like this on the board early last Summer when I first visited the Agent Carter writers’ room to help them out with the science ideas. The idea (this is something I and people in my field of theoretical physics actually work on, as part of the – so-far still untested – ideas from string theory, M-theory, and quantum gravity) is that our universe could be one of many, envisioned as planes here (suppressing a direction so that I can draw them), arranged in a new direction “sideways” that’s not one of the three spatial ones we know… so if you can move “sideways” or somehow burrow in that direction (as evidently happened in the show) who knows what you might find? In my envisioning of how some of the Marvel Universe’s science works, Zero Matter (or Dark Force, as it is known later – and it will show up in Dr. Strange as well) comes from one of those other universes/realms, a universe where the laws of physics are quite a bit different from ours, so that when something from there interacts with something in our world, it seems to have remarkable properties…
Hope that helps! Look out on the show for way more science everywhere. Perhaps I’ll unpack some more of it here too.