In almost any movie (and in real life too), a nuclear missile is the most powerful option. That’s why so many countries are alarmed about the ownership of nukes. A nuclear missile is so destructive that if one side launches a full scale nuclear assault and is also met by a full scale nuclear assault, both sides would perish.

It’s called mutually assured destruction, which is pretty close to Armageddon. Or the Apocalypse. Or Doomsday. Or Judgement Day. Gosh, we sure have a lot of words for the end of the world, don’t we?

Going nuclear. Credit: Pixabay

Going nuclear. Credit: Pixabay

So it’s kind of scary that there are (fictional) weapons in film that are more powerful than nukes. At least, we hope they are fictional. They better stay fictional, because they’re a lot more fearsome than nukes. Here are some of the worst ones that would make even the most stubborn dictatorship think twice about launching their arsenal of nukes.

 

1. The Superlaser of the Death Star (and Death Star II)

The Death Star II in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Credit: Star Wars Facebook Page

The Death Star II in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Credit: Star Wars Facebook Page

AKA the Planet Buster, the Planet Killer, and the Planet Blower-Upper Gun (on American adult animated sitcom Family Guy). Remember the first Star Wars movie in 1977 and how horrified we were to see an entire planet blown to smithereens by a single green laser? It was the definitive space laser for many years, since few movies showed destruction on the planetary level.

The first Death Star’s superlaser was powered by 8 Kyber crystals, which are the Force-attuned crystals. They’re also the same crystals used in lightsabers. Later in Return of the Jedi, it was revealed that the Empire had built the Death Star II (not very creative with the names, eh, Emperor Palpatine?) to replace the first Death Star that was destroyed.

The Death Star II improved upon the superlaser by shortening the recharged time to five hours (instead of a full day), meaning that they could blow up four planets in a day. Our solar system would be wiped out within three days (or, two days if you don’t believe Planet Nine exists) by the Death Star II.

 

2. The Superweapon of the Starkiller Base

Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Credit: Guardians Of The Force Facebook Page

Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Credit: Guardians Of The Force Facebook Page

Remember Star Wars: The Force Awakens? And Starkiller Base (which was basically a Super Death Star) and how it obliterated an entire solar system (the Hosnian system) with five concurrent blasts of energy? Yeah, that’s definitely more powerful than a nuclear weapon.

That’s because it drew its power from a star. You see, to fire Starkiller Base’s superweapon, it would first have to drain a star (which makes its name very apt). If you fired a star at anything, it’s probably not going to survive.

Unless you’re firing it at Superman, then it would supercharge him (because it’s solar powered), but let’s not go there.

 

3. The Abronath in Star Trek Beyond

Idris Elba is Krall in Star Trek Beyond. Credit: FAN of science fiction Facebook Page

Idris Elba is Krall in Star Trek Beyond. Credit: Gary O Neill

In Star Trek Beyond, bad guy Krall (Idris Elba) seeks to destroy an entire space city by unleashing a bioweapon known as Abronath. It may not have the sheer destructive power of a superlaser, but being a bioweapon, it means that it would eliminate all life forms while leaving the infrastructure intact. It was so powerful that its creators could not control it (something Krall didn’t seem to worry about), so they split it in two and sent them spiralling into space.

It’s the perfect weapon for taking over any settlement, or, in Krall’s case, a Starbase.

 

 4. Antimatter from Angels and Demons

Tom Hanks is Robert Langdon in Angels and Demons. Credit: Tom Hanks Wonderful Facebook Page

Tom Hanks is Robert Langdon in Angels and Demons. Credit: Tom Hanks Wonderful Facebook Page

Are you a Dan Brown fan? If so, you can guess that Angels and Demons is about Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) trying to solve brainteasers hidden in religious imagery, except that if he fails to do so, then an antimatter vial will be broken. In real-life, one pound of antimatter touching one pound of matter can cause an explosion that’s as powerful as 19 megatons of TNT. 1 megaton is equal to 1,000 kilotons, which means that 1 gram of antimatter can cause an explosion with a yield of about 42 kilotons (1 pound equals about 453 grams).

For reference, “Little Boy” (the nuke that was dropped on Hiroshima) had a blast yield of 15 kilotons of TNT. That’s roughly 1/3 the power of a gram of antimatter.

If we had a nuclear warhead sized lump of antimatter… you can see why this could be a problem in real-life too. Fortunately, we have barely created enough antimatter to boil a cup of tea.

For now.

 

5. Any Infinity Stone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

When the Infinity Stones are combined, you get the Infinity Gauntlet. Credit: Marvel-The Avengers Facebook Page

When the Infinity Stones are combined, you get the Infinity Gauntlet. Credit: Marvel-The Avengers Facebook Page

So last year’s Doctor Strange saw the appearance of the Time Stone, which had the power to control time. It’s one of the six Infinity Stones that have appeared in the Marvel movies, and each one is a singularity, as explained by the Collector (Benicio Del Toro) in Guardians of the Galaxy. When combined, they give the wielder absolute power over all that exists.

A singularity is a point or region of infinite mass density at which space and time are infinitely distorted by gravitational forces, as defined by Merriam Webster. So yeah, we’re going to say that a singularity is a lot more powerful than any nuke.

For reference, here are the other Infinity Stone locations/identities: Space Stone (the Tesseract), Mind Stone (in Vision’s forehead), Reality Stone (the Aether in Thor: The Dark World), Power Stone (in the first Guardians of the Galaxy), Time Stone (the Eye of Agamotto in Doctor Strange),

Genocidal Organ. (Golden Village Cinemas)

Genocidal Organ. (Golden Village Cinemas)

Have you thought about what would happen if a nuke were to destroy a city in our present era? That’s what Genocidal Organ explores. In the film, Sarajevo is destroyed by a nuke, transforming the rest of the world’s countries into surveillance states, where everybody is monitored all the time, like the old Soviet Union and the former East Germany.

It is in such a world that Clavis Shepherd (Yuichi Nakamura) must discover the culprit behind the Sarajevo nuke.

Will he succeed? Catch Genocidal Organ to find out!

 

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