Avengers: Endgame Nearly Gave Every Avenger an Arc Reactor

Thanks to the powers of the Quantum Realm within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers were able to travel through time to right the wrongs of Thanos (Josh Brolin). Naturally, that required the use of specialized time-traveling suits the Avengers had to use so they weren't crushed by the forces of time. At one point, these suits apparently required the use of arc reactors, as evidenced by some new concept art that's surfaced online. As part of the massive unveiling of concept art in the past week or so, the latest batch of Quantum Realm concept art was shared online by Aleksi Briclot.

As Briclot points out, the arc reactor-powered suits bared a resemblance to a popular kind of t-shirt that likely wouldn't have been too cohesive with the Disney brand. You can see the suits (and the t-shirt he's referring to) in the gallery below.

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An early group shot of the Avengers with some time travel suits. I was working on each characters separately and then made this first composition with a background. I’ve apply the idea of the A from the logo avengers inverted on the chest (pointing to the past). Then the Russo’s talked about a frontal group shot with all the characters walking towards the camera. (Like in the Right stuff!) @ryan_meinerding_art applied the idea on the whole team but some issue occured : the Russo’s noticed a similitude with some silly t-shirts...and this shot could have easily felt awkward...swipe for the answer.Thanks to you for all the comments. yesterday three of you found what it was about! _ #avengers #conceptart #tonystark #blackwidow #hulk #cap #captainamerica #marvelstudios #avengersendgame #marvel #timetravel #mcu #endgame #marvelcinematicuniverse #marvel #robertdowneyjr #scarlettjohansson #chrisevans #characterdesign #avengersendgameartbook

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The concept art was likely done before the team settled on using Ant-Man-styled suits for any and all time-traveling sequences. When we spoke with Endgame visual effects supervisor Russell Earl earlier this year, he revealed the suits were entirely computer generated. "It just allows a little bit more flexibility and knowing that you're going to have to build the suit anyway because it has the sort of nanotech growing out of the time watches that and that's the thing," Earl said.

He added, "If you know you're going to have to build the suit anyway to get the transitions, then you know you're going to have to have a photo-real suit in which case that then also lends itself to, oh well if we're going to have it then we can put it in these other shots. Then sometimes a lot of the costumes are built. Ant-Man's obviously a suit that's built but we've done that in all CG, or like I said, Cap, I think all of them at one point or the other have gone all CG."

Avengers: Endgame is now streaming on Disney+.


Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall of 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, What If…? in Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022. Marvel Studios has yet to set release dates for its theatrical releases in Ant-Man 3 and Blade or the Disney+ shows consisting of Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.

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