When my son talks about becoming a scientist when he grows up, I laugh at him and point. After he's done crying, I tell him that he should aspire to be a comic book scientist. Comic book scientists are way awesomer.
In the real world, scientsts pick apart each other's work. It's incredibly rare for one person to come up with a reliable theory or groundbreaking invention.
In comic books, one genius scientist is better than thousands of regular ones. Tony Stark invented Iron Man in a cave with nothing but spare parts and a car battery hooked to his chest. Peter Parker invented a groundbreaking sticky goop and a machine that can shoot it out to make ropes or nets.
Real scientists find test subjects very carefully by sending out flyers on college campuses.
In comic books, if you want to try a super soldier serum? Just give it to Bruce Banner! He'll do it! He'll do anything!
Scientists in the real world form groups to make sure their work is used for good.
Comic book scientists know about power (and work, and acceleration). They also know that they're the only ones who can be trusted with power because they're the only ones who can truly appreciate it. Also, they're too geeky to run for public office and win.
Real scientists have, with careful tinkering and knowledge, managed to make tomatoes last longer without getting squishy.
Comic book scientists have changed the course of human evolution so that people can fly, shoot lasers out of their eyes, and all women have D-cups.
Some examples of real scientist names: Norman Borlaug, Jane Goodall, and James Hansen.
Some examples of comic book scientist names: Otto Octavius, Victor Von Doom, and Jonathan Crane.
After years of work studying an obscure alloy, a modern scientist might find he or she has discovered a slight improvement in tensile strength or flexibility over more commonly used compounds.
After years of work studying an obscure alloy, a comic book scientist will become an unstoppable monster and wreak vengeance on those who picked on him in high school.
Number 7: Consequences
When Einstein saw the results of the Manhattan Project, he and his fellow scientists were horrified that they had helped kill so many people.
In comic books, they created fucking Godzilla.
In real life, scientists have found radiation can give you sunburn and cancer, and quickly heats meals.
In comic books, scientists have gone into space and found radiation turned them into rock people, invisible people, stretchy people, and fire people at the exact same time.
In real life, scientists have a hard time explaining their work to others. You sometimes need an andvanced degree to understand what they're saying.
In comic books, scientists spout the most absurd gobbledygook, and everyone kinda understands what they mean.
In the real world, scientists leave notes and, even if they don't, others can figure out what they were working on and can re-create it.
In comic books, you can break an invention and its evil will be gone forever.