The series became the most-watched in the world in a month

That WandaVision is the darling series of the moment, you probably already know. In less than a month since launch, it has become the most-watched in the world, ousting Bridgerton – the most watched on Netflix. The launch of Marvel on the Disney+ service reached an audience rating of 8,127: 81 times more watched than the average of series watched in streaming in January. So says the data tracked by TVision, which analyzes the audience of streaming services in the United States. Does this wonder still help when studying Science and current affairs? Yes. The GUIDE looks at the Science behind the series.

Wandavision poster

But first, let’s recap: Wanda and Vision are a couple of heroes who are part of the Avengers. In the series, they are living in Westview, a small town that seems to transit through television history throughout the episodes. For those who are a fan of Marvel, from the beginning, the series already seems strange, as Vision would have died in the movie Avengers: Infinite War, released in 2018 (does that still count as a spoiler?). So far, we don’t have much science as bringing the dead back to life is not yet possible in the real world. However, some points of WandaVision may indeed be interesting to think about current Science

1 – Multiverse

Without going into Marvel’s multiverse theory or giving too many spoilers about the series – after all, the last episode was released this Friday (5) -, the idea that there are realities parallel to ours is the subject of studies by scientists off-screen. The hypothesis arises from the idea that our universe is infinite.

Since the observable portion of our universe is limited by the light that has reached Earth, the limit of what we see is 13.8 billion light-years – the time since the big bang. So, each year, we see a little more of the Universe. This means that there is a large part of it that is not yet visible from Earth.

The multiverse theory is based on the hypothesis that, if the universe is infinite and composed of the same elements already identified in the portion we know, there are certainly other galaxies similar to ours – and even the same ones. This is because, statistically, if there is a limited amount of elements, an infinite combination necessarily has repetitions. Then there are other Earths with versions of us in places in the universe… (I know, it sounds more like the description of the Dark series than anything real).

2 – Artificial intelligence

Vision, Marvel character present in Wandavision

Vision appears in films as a machine that has its own intelligence. Despite coming to life from the Mind Gem, one of the events in the series indicates that technology is capable of building a completely mechanical version of it – without magic – with the ability to make decisions and live like a human. In real life, this is what we call artificial intelligence (AI).

Scientists around the world develop artificial intelligence systems, which have a sense of the environment, the ability to learn and the analytical skills to make decisions. Despite not being on a scale as developed as we see in Visão, the future is full of possibilities. This type of technology is present in several other productions in the audiovisual world. “Westworld”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Terminator”, “Ex-Machina”, “Me, Robot”… The list is long and the versions of each of the titles of the interaction between humans and artificial intelligence are different.

But there is no need to be afraid: it has not yet been possible to reproduce the human mind in machines. The study, although advanced, has not yet been able to imitate emotions or interpret various signals as easily as humans. So we won’t be attacked by technology – at least, for now.

 

3- TV frequency

Wandavision poster, where you can see several televisions in front of Wanda and Visão's body, with interference in the image

For millennials, talking about tube television is almost the same as talking about dinosaurs. So it makes sense to explain why behind WandaVision’s world TV series model. In the series, it is only possible to have contact with Westview through interference caused by a television signal that Hex – Wanda’s magic over the city – emits.

When the screen on a tube television turns grey, it’s because of what we call interference. It occurs when two electromagnetic waves (or more) come into contact. This can lead to distortions in the sound and image of the television. An easy way to test this effect is to move your cell phone near a tube TV. As both emit this type of wave, the effect is similar.

4- Androids

Vision, in the film Avengers: Infinite War

This is also closer to what is already seen in the work of the scientific community. Despite being made of vibration (a fictional metal, created in Marvel’s Cinematographic Universe), Visão takes the form of a human and behaves like one: which defines our concept of android. They already exist and are successful at technology fairs and conferences, due to their frightening resemblance to human physiognomy.

One of the most famous examples is the Sophia robot. It has even appeared in an article in Fantástico, in 2018. The humanoid was considered the most intelligent robot in the world and is very similar to the human figure. In addition to her appearance, she is also an example of artificial intelligence technology, which means she can analyze situations and even interact in conversations.

 

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