Filming for the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War currently under way, offering fans a glimpse into the distant future of the Marvel Universe.
Though the movie won't debut until May 2019, we're starting to see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is shaping up after the first skirmish with the Mad Titan Thanos.
A new photograph from Atlanta-based paparazzo Joe Passori now provides a closer look at Tony Stark's new Arc Reactor, which could to power a brand new Iron Man suit in the new film. The photograph was taken during the shoot featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo.
So here is a close-up of the thingy... pic.twitter.com/IHXXOqX3fv— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 26, 2017
The latest Arc Reactor is one of the most high-tech we've seen in an Iron Man or Avengers film thus far, and that's just with practical effects. It will likely look much better once the digital effects team works their wizardry on it.
For those who don't know, Stark created the first "portable" arc reactor after an IUD exploded and sent shrapnel into his chest. Unable to remove the shrapnel without killing him, the magnetic field of the reactor kept it in a place so Stark could live. But it conveniently doubles as an immense power source, able to sustain his various, exotic Iron Man suits.
At this point, it's still unknown how significant Downey Jr.'s role in the new Avengers movie will be. There have been rumors circulating for years now that the main stars, including Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, would be hanging up their super boots after these films.
But at least fans can find peace in the fact that Tony Stark at least will appear in the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018.
The untitled Avengers sequel premieres May 3, 2019.
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.