Is there some explanation for how can Iceman ( or any superhero/villain with similar abilities) can dissipate heat after freezing (I asume by absorving their heat) objects?

I have thought of two hypothesis:

  1. They send it to another dimension (common answer for where does energy and matter comes and goes in the superheroes universes)

  2. They have a super-organ that serves as a radiator, absorving the heat from the environment and then dissipating it when they can. I think this answer will also give them the ability to survive extremely hot environments.

So is there some official explanation for how this ability works?


Every ice using metahuman in comics is different. Each performs their abilities in different ways so there is no easy way to best describe how their powers work, especially in relationship to the real world.

Bobby Drake, aka, Iceman affiliated most strongly with the X-men has the mutant ability to:

  • Freeze his own body to temperatures below -105 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly instantly. The source of this ability is unknown, but if we were to use mutants such as Cyclops (who draws his optic blast from an alternate dimension of pure kinetic energy) or Colossus (who replaces his cellular materials with a living form of Osmium steel, also believed to be from another dimension) as a base, he is shunting his heat into another dimension.

  • His second power is to draw heat away from the environment, gather moisture together and created ice constructs capable of being used as armor, weapons, shields, barriers or even ice slides.

  • Despite Marvel's insistence that he is using ambient water from the environment, unless his structures are incredibly strong, yet remarkably porous, there is rarely enough moisture in any environment for him to create the objects he creates.

  • In recent years, his control of his mutant power has expanded and supports my third supposition, that he is a portal (the same way Cyclops and Colossus are) to a dimension of water and his real mutant power is the manipulation of his water-formed or water-replaced body appearing as "ice manipulation".

  • He is able to merge his mutant water form with normal bodies of water and use them as a medium of movement, flowing with or even against the current, he is able to break off pieces of himself and by restoring them with water, rebuild his body; he has even had holes through his central ice form mass and survived as long as he remained in ice form.

In Iceman's case his mutant powers have grown so powerful, it is hard to describe the true nature of his mutation:

  • Is he a man with control over heat or molecular energy?
  • Is he a telekinetic who can affect water and molecular action, or
  • Is he a being who is now composed completely of a water-like analogue who can draw more of his being from a parallel reality and use it to manipulate water/ice in his own?
  • didn't know he could rebuild his body out of water! Doesn't that gives him a wolverine like ability to heal?(while in ice form) – ia.solano Aug 29 '13 at 16:58
  • @ia.solano his healing abilities are inconsistent throughout the comics. Sometimes he can heal his "human" form by shifting to his ice form and then back, and sometimes doing this only delays the injury as once he shifts back to flesh the injury is still there. – Monty129 Aug 29 '13 at 17:21
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    or maybe he just pulls the water out of a plot hole. – FoxMan2099 Aug 30 '13 at 4:31

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