Become a Superhero with these DIY Comic-Book Weapons

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ross-merrill - July 19, 2016

You want to fight crime, protect the innocent, and right wrongs. But you're not a billionaire and haven't been bitten by any radioactive creatures. No problem. Put on your cape, get out your tools, and visit YouTube to become the hero your fair city deserves.

Iron Man's Glove

The folks at Wired "got their hands on" a working Iron Man glove. It's equipped with a blue 3W laser, which is 3,000 times more powerful than a laser pointer (cats, beware). In this wordless but epic demo, Iron Guy-in-a-T-shirt tests the laser on candles, hot dogs, popcorn, and other objects that don't pose quite the threat as, say, Ivan Vanko. A blue 3W laser costs about $330, according to

Spider-Man's Web-Shooter

Peter Parker made his own web-shooter, and he was a high school student, so how hard can in be? German hobbyist Patrick Priebe attached a coil gun to a leather bracelet, with the buttons on the palm. When he makes the famous web-shooting gesture, a harpoon attached to a fishing line blast out. Priebe can then retract the line to yank the object back to him. One smart addition: A laser pointer so he can determine what, exactly, is about to "webbed."

Wonder Woman's Gauntlets and Lasso

No need for laser or coil guns here. The "Prop Master" helps you transform into Princess Diana of Themyscira with cardboard, card stock, duct tape, and red and gold paint. Perhaps the most useful part of the video explains how to tie a lasso, which is harder than I thought. Don't scoff at the low budget; the final result is surprisingly convincing. Perfect for, ah, sexual role-playing (no judgment).

Wolverine's Claws

Was that Wonder Woman gear too easy? Upgrade to these "adamantium" claws, serious blades released by compressed air hidden in a backpack. They even spark like Wolverine's. They look amazingly cool and seem very deadly. But be warned: These claws require some serious machine work, including sawing and welding. Probably easier to just contact "garage inventor" Colin Furze to make you a set. Or have the government attach them to your bones -- you have super-healing skin, right?

Batman's Batarang

Batman doesn't have a lot of weapons, per se (I'm ignoring the grenade launcher from Batman v. Superman). There's the Batmobile, but that will run you about $3 million. Much easier to build an overlooked Batman device: The Batarang. Boomerang maker Victor Poulin shows that it's not too hard to make: just finished wood and black spray paint. It works, too. Now all you have to do is figure how to spend those awkward seconds looking at the bad guys, waiting for the Batarang to make its return and knock them out from behind.

Gambit's Playing Cards

Actually, you don't need any special equipment to attack like the Ragin' Cajun -- just a strong wrist. This video by martial artist Tim Rosanelli shows you how to throw ordinary paper playing cards with deadly (or at least injurious) effect. If you think about it, walking around with a compressed-air backpack and metal armatures over your wrists might raise some alarm bells with your enemies; but no one will think they're in danger if you're just carrying a deck of cards And the good citizens of your kitchen will never have to fear the evil Dr. Potato again.

Any real-life versions of superhero gadgets I left out? Tell me in the comments.

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