Welcome back to part two of my blog for A Wrinkle in Time. In this blog, I will discuss with you guys some of the science in the book and other sources that it appears in. Afterwards, I will write about the tv movie. Let’s start with the explanation of the tesseract. Now in math terms, a tesseract is the four-dimensional analog of a cube. In the book this cube represents the four dimensions of the universe and by adding a fifth, one to travel by, causes a wrinkle in time. In easier terms let’s say you had an ant on a cloth between your two hands that wanted to travel a straight path between your left and right hand; it would take too long. But if you folded the cloth or wrinkled it, then the trip would be faster. Thus, you use this same concept to travel through a wormhole in space.
Okay, I know what some of you are thinking. Isn’t the tesseract that glowing blue colored cube that Loki used in the Avengers? And isn’t the cube an infinity stone that Thanos needs for his infinity gauntlet in the upcoming movie? Well yes, this is probably where they got the idea from. In the comics, the tesseract is a character known as the Every-where man who uses the power of tesseracting to travel in the universe. It was Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, who created the cosmic cube in one of the storylines. The category of science this is all under is, Quantum Physics, the same science behind some of the concepts in the Doctor Strange comics and film.
The ideas of Quantum Physics are that there’s life elsewhere in the universe and there are multiple universes and timelines to be found. You can travel to these places with light speed, time travel, and wormholes. And a little spoiler about the villain in A Wrinkle in Time, but he’s a bit like Ego from Guardians of the Galaxy. So, as you can see this concept of Si-fi has not only been used in this book but in other sources like the Marvel comics as well. This concept can also be seen in Dr. Who and no, he has nothing to do with Strange or Marvel.
Back in 2003, Disney did its first attempt at turning the book into a film. Overall it had decent graphics for a tv movie, but they did add some things that make it different from the book. Meg no longer has glasses, braces, or unmanageable hair, instead, she looks like a plan tom-boy. Charles Wallace is no longer four years old but is now six years old. Instead of being a clairvoyant or empath he’s a telepath; someone who reads a mind like Professor-X in the X-Men. Calvin O’Keefe is no longer a freckled faced redhead or a clairvoyant himself. Apparently, it’s Mrs. Who that called upon him while using her powers in the film. Instead of believing in all three of them, Mrs. Which, only thinks Charles Wallace is useful enough to use his powers until the other two show her she’s wrong.
Mrs. Whatsit appears to them as a crow first, something she doesn’t do in the book. And the movie doesn’t start off with the hurricane either. One of the villains in the book goes from being a tricky messenger to a super villain with powers and there’s a longer fight scene with said villain. Why you always read the book before watching the movie; you’ll miss out on certain themes and elements. In fact, the remake that’s coming out in March has its differences too. The kid’s age changes, they add more minority characters in the line-up, and by the looks of the trailer the children will face more challenges than in the book. Also, the graphics will be way better and instead of three beings helping them it appears a whole council helps them. I’ll have to wait to see the movie when it comes out on March 9th to know anymore but it looks like a great film with a great cast.