Date: 2017-05-18 12:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] balbanes
So Monica, who is made of light, cannot get through a force-field that is at least partially transparent.


Date: 2017-05-18 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] long_silence
I could buy it if maybe the energy frequencies of the shield were constantly fluctuating so she couldn't go through without knowing the specific frequencies. But even that's a stretch.

They really shouldn't have made it transparent.

Date: 2017-05-18 10:06 pm (UTC)
velador: Scarlet Witch (wanda)
From: [personal profile] velador
But if it weren't transparent, how would sunlight go through it?
(On the other hand, plunging the entire planet into neverending darkness would be certainly symbolic)

Date: 2017-05-19 12:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zylly
Honestly, I think this is just one of those things you have to accept about light permeable force fields in comics. They only keep out the "bad" light and let in the good. Except when they don't.

Date: 2017-05-19 11:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stolisomancer
They make a point of mentioning in the comic that the shield is fully reactive and is intended to counter any attempt to breach it. If she tries to slip through as light, it'll go opaque and keep her out.

Since her being outside the shield is part of Cap's plan, it's probably an acceptable fan-wank to assume that he's planned specifically for Monica anyway.

Date: 2017-05-20 12:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] balbanes
Sure, except Monica is moving at light speed, which is the fastest information can travel. By the time whatever monitoring system has registered Monica's movement, she's already past the shield. That is, by the time light travels the distance from Monica to anyone's sensors, the light that is Monica has moved a similar distance and thus breached the shield.

I'll also note that Monica is effectively invisible and undetectable when she's moving at light speed. The only way you can see her is if photons from her make it to your retina, which means Monica is in your retina. At that point she can blast your brain and you already lost.

I like it when forcefields are magical. Just say Strange put it up or something, and I don't ask these questions. :)

Date: 2017-05-20 01:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stolisomancer
That's a weird place to draw the suspension-of-disbelief line. It's already a reactive force field that covers the entire planet and is strong enough to withstand hits from some of the most destructive forces on record, while simultaneously not requiring 100% or more of the planet's energy output capacity. We're already firmly in science-is-magic territory.

How much harder is it to believe that whatever systems govern its reactivity are also fast enough to keep Monica out, or that there's some quirk about her power set that's already been planned for, since the shield is specifically designed as a method of exiling the planet's most powerful superhumans?

Date: 2017-05-20 05:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] balbanes
The former is highly improbable, but I can imagine highly efficient power sources in a world with flying power armor. The latter is physically impossible, as in "cannot happen under the laws of physics." I don't see that as a weird place to draw the line.

Date: 2017-05-20 05:53 pm (UTC)
balbanes: (Default)
From: [personal profile] balbanes
I'm actually cool with blocking light-based attacks. I can come up with some theory where the forcefield only allows light up to some point, then reflects any excess power. Which it would have to for people inside the forcefield to even know they were being attacked with lasers or whatnot. My problem here is that Monica is not a light-based attack. She's just light trying to get through.

It's kinda like having an air-permeable forcefield. I buy that it might protect people from hurricanes. I don't buy that it can keep a gas-based superbeing out, when the forcefield is explicitly shown to allow its occupants to breathe comfortably.
Edited Date: 2017-05-20 05:53 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-20 11:58 am (UTC)
thanekos: Yoshikage Kira as Kosaku Kawajiri, after the second arrow. (Default)
From: [personal profile] thanekos
To paraphrase an Isaac Asimov quote Mort Weisinger made up: " That optics doesn't work that way is a theory. That Monica can't get through the shield is a fact. "

(The original quote was about the speed of light and Superman.)


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