I brought up in a thread (I think in V1 when I started the original Shower Thoughts thread) that I was curious how superheroes with super strength actually build their physiques. Resistance and the breakdown of muscle is integral to building said muscle up into the beach bods they sport, but if their muscles aren't being taxed, if things such as cars and other impossible lifts for the average, earthbound humans subject to Earth's gravity are trivial (like you or I picking up grocery sacks,) shouldn't they all be flabby? What are they actually lifting to breakdown their muscle tissue so it heals into the bulk they put on?In a sense, a problem I have with that is often that although a character can have super-strength, physics should also apply, e.g. equal and opposite force. The superhero can't pick a car up and swing it that way because they don't have leverage; the disparity in mass and force would simply cause them to move, not the car. If they try to slow that train down, the friction they can generate with their feet on the ground is utterly trivial in terms of the momentum of hundreds of tons of train, never mind that if they did exert that much deceleration, the force it would exert on part of the train not designed to cope with it would cause a critical structural failure.
I know at one level this stuff "doesn't matter", and it doesn't really bother me much. And yet I can't help notice.
Then I remind myself that comic book characters exist solely to defy nature and also that I'm a child of the '80s and "go with it" is how I was basically raised. Still, it's fun to entertain their absurdity in the face of reality, but I'm missing the point if I get hung up on what doesn't make sense.