Iron Man's Armor Is Now One Step Closer To Becoming Reality

The world is technologically advancing faster than ever; augmented reality is all the rage and the car industry is spending millions on autonomous cars. Think of that for a second — sitting in a car that’s driving itself, just so you can eat a sandwich and, you know, catch Pokemon with your phone.

Now, we’re closer than ever to having a legitimate real-life Iron Man suit. Ex-Royal Marine Richard M. Browning, has invented a suit of sorts that allows him fly.

The English inventor (via Snap Munk) strapped six micro jet engines — which, in turn, were powered by kerosene — to his suit: two attached to either arm and two attached on his lower back. Each engine provides 46 pounds of force, equivalent to a small plane engine between each of the boosters.

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The entire suit is designed to go no more than six to 10 feet off the ground, and won’t go any faster than walking speed. That said, Browning’s invention won’t be powerful enough to carry a nuke a destroy a Chitauri army anytime soon.

Browning named his invention Daedelus, after the Greek mythological character of the same name. For those now caught up on their Greek lore, Daedelus was the father of Icarus and together, the two built wings made from feathers and wax so they could fly. While Daedelus warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sun, Icarus failed to listen to his father’s instructions. The sun melted the wax on the wings and Icarus plunged to his untimely death. Daedelus, however, successfully made the journey. Needless to say, it’s safe to say Browning chose the right name.

The setup is quite the invention, and while it still is a far cry from even Tony Stark’s most basic Mark I armor, we’re well on our way to bigger and better things in the field of technology.

While Browning is busy keeping in peak physical shape due to the rigorous needs to fly the suit, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is busy getting ready for his cameo in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It also includes Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Kenneth Choi, Michael Mando, Selenis Leyva, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., JJ Totah, and Hannibal Buress.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters now. Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7, 2017, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. After that Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for July 6, 2018, followed by Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.

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