Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About MCU Technology

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Vote up the most impressive facts that made you say, 'Whoa.'

While the MCU is all about superheroes and villains, there's another key aspect of the movies that sets them apart from your run-of-the-mill comic book film. The technology of the MCU has long been a standout feature, and it goes all the way back to the 1940s with the Super Soldier Serum that transformed Steve Rogers into Captain America. That trend continued with the creation of the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and all the rest.

Technology quickly became the basis for just about everything in the MCU, and that's not a trend that looks as if it's coming to an end. Everything from the creation of Vision to Peter Parker's web-shooters makes the movies of the MCU both fantastical and somehow still grounded. The many weapons and vehicles seen throughout the films are only the beginning of the technological marvels that make the Marvel Cinematic Universe the powerhouse film franchise it's become.

This list takes a look at the MCU's technology to try and find some of the things you (probably) didn't know. It may seem like magic, but at the end of the day, all of these gadgets and gizmos are based in reality... well, reality as it exists in the MCU (which also has magic). Take a look down below, and if you see anything you didn't know about technology in the MCU, be sure to give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top!


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    The Wasp's Stingers Do More Than Sting

    If you watch The Ant-Man and the Wasp and notice a few differences between the two titular superheroes' suits, you're not alone. Even Scott Lang sees a few things his partner has that he doesn't, and you can't help but wonder why. While both suits give them the ability to shrink and (presumably) grow, the Wasp has a few more tricks up her sleeve. She has wings that enable flight, and she is equipped with gauntlets called Stingers that... well, they sting!

    The Stingers offers Hope more offensive capabilities than Scott has, but they are shown to be non-lethal weapons, hence the "sting" part of the name. Then, in Avengers: Endgame, things change for those Stingers because they are upgraded from sting to kill. In the pictured scene, showing all of the women of the MCU coming together to aid Spider-Man in his task, you can see Hope adjusting her Stingers. That's when she makes them lethal, which makes sense, seeing what she is up against.

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    Peter Quill's Ability To Understand Alien Languages Is Technology-Based

    When Peter Quill was still a kid, he was kidnapped from Earth by Yondu, who raised him as a Ravager. Of course, that wasn't initially the plan since he was supposed to bring the boy to his father, Ego, but that's a story for the sequel. One of the complaints a bunch of fans have about the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie is that it's implausible for all of the aliens Peter encounters to speak English, begging the question, "How does he communicate with anyone in space?"

    That question is actually answered in the movie. In the scene where he's being processed by Nova Corps, the text on the left side of the screen shows that he has a Translator Implant in his neck. Thanks to this device, he's able to understand almost all languages. Of course, it doesn't work on every language out there, as it can't translate Groot. Quill has to learn to understand Groot's language himself, but he relies on the Translator Implant for most of his comms abilities. Another character with the same tech is Carol Danvers. It was implanted when she was taken in by the Kree.

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    J.A.R.V.I.S. Transcribes Everything He And Tony Say To One Another

    Just A Rather Very Intelligent System, or J.A.R.V.I.S., is originally created by Tony Stark to function as an interface for his home and workshop. He names it after Edwin Jarvis, his father's butler who worked for the family years earlier. When Tony decides to build himself a suit of armor after returning from Afghanistan, he seamlessly integrates J.A.R.V.I.S. into it. From this point on, J.A.R.V.I.S. manages every function of the Iron Man armor.

    Some of J.A.R.V.I.S.'s most impressive abilities while in and out of the armor are the ones that most people never notice. While watching any scene like the one pictured above, where Tony is talking with J.A.R.V.I.S. in front of a computer monitor, you can see that J.A.R.V.I.S. transcribes everything they say to one another. It's a minor detail, but it's interesting to see how much J.A.R.V.I.S. has been integrated into Tony's life. Another function that proves J.A.R.V.I.S.'s abilities comes during the Battle of New York when it reroutes Tony's flight path without needing to be asked.

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    Spider-Man's Web-Shooters Can Create 576 Different Combinations Of Webbing

    If there's one piece of technology that doesn't have a lot of explanation or detail in the MCU, it's Spider-Man's web-shooters. He fashioned his own devices when he first got his powers, just like he did in the comics. He also made his own web fluid, but these early devices were your basic point-and-shoot, no-frills models. He could shoot a line of webbing to swing, or he could web up some criminals and leave them for the police, but that was about it.

    When Tony Stark takes Peter Parker under his wing, he gives him some seriously significant upgrades. Granted, they can't be unlocked without going through the "training wheels" phase that comes with his new suit. He is able to bypass this with Ned's help, and in doing so, he unlocks a ton of new options regarding his web-shooters and webbing. The new upgrades provide an impressive 576 different combinations of webbing, allowing for everything from electrified webbing to webs that split, ricochet, and explode in a web grenade.

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    The Avengers' Quantum Suits Incorporate Designs From Iron Man, Ant-Man, And The Guardians Of The Galaxy

    When Tony Stark invents time travel in Avengers: Endgame, he makes it possible to defeat Thanos and undo the Snap. While it's not discussed in any real way in the movie, the device he creates to make time travel possible requires the use of special suits, which are insanely complex technological marvels that have absolutely no exposition regarding them. Still, it's possible to glean what went into making them from their appearance.

    The Advanced Tech Suits, or Quantum Suits, are made from nanotechnology, much like Tony's latest-generation Iron Man suits. On top of that, they incorporate the design of Ant-Man's helmet, while the visor is from technology Tony acquired from the Guardians of the Galaxy. The suits are also equipped with a Time-Space GPS and Pym Particles, making miniaturization possible. They are also lightly armored and can be completely retracted at a thought, so they are some of the most advanced suits ever made in the MCU, and it's likely they'll never be seen again.

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    The Bifrost Bridge Isn't Magic - It's Technology

    In the first Thor movie, Thor explains to Jane that where he comes from, magic and science are the same thing. This somewhat tracks with an old Arthur C. Clarke quote from Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Thor's explanation follows this logic, but no matter what he says, pretty much everything in Asgard looks as if it's done via magic (proving Clarke's point).

    One of the most significant technologies in Asgard has to be the Bifrost Bridge. While it appears to be a magical tunnel that transports people from place to place, it's entirely based on Asgardian technology. It was designed to be accessed via a key, which comes in the shape of a sword carried by Heimdall. This opens up a portal from one point to another in what Jane calls an "Einstein–Rosen bridge," which is best known as a wormhole. Essentially, this confirms that the Bifrost Bridge operates under scientific principles rather than magic.