Marvel: 10 Most Underused Technologies In The MCU

Clean, cheap, and renewable power? Let's use it in once and call it a day.

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It Is truly amazing how much the Marvel cinematic universe has managed to remain coherent over 13 years and 27 films (and counting). For the most part, all of the individual films and shows of the MCU fit together beautifully, however, often some new technology will be introduced in one of these installments that leaves you wondering "why have they never brought that up again?"

Much of this tech comes from Stark labs, courtesy of the brilliant mind (and bank account) of Iron Man! Unfortunately, Mr. Stark, while being all too happy to share his nanotech and super-suits with his friends, never ends up using these devices to help the world in any large-scale way (apart from going behind the governments back to create Ultron, which we all know ended perfectly).

This list will be going over 10 technologies that Earth has in the MCU but, for whatever reason, decides to barely ever use.

10. Arc Reactors

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The Arc reactor was invented by Howard Stark while studying the Tesseract after World War II and promised to provide cheap, clean, and renewable power to the world. However Howard was limited by the technology of his time and so entrusted his son, Tony Stark to one day complete the project.

Unfortunately, for years Tony preferred to shelf the idea in favour of manufacturing and selling weapons of war.

Eventually he was forced to perfect the Arc Reactor by inventing a new element in order to save his own life but even after this incredible breakthrough, the Arc Reactors, despite being able to supply the world with limitless clean energy, are used only to power Stark's own suits of armour and properties in New York and a handful of tech for his friends such as Spider-Man.

The rest of the world is still paying for power presumably. No explanation is ever given for why we don't see this tech all across the world by now.


Marcia Fry is a writer for WhatCulture and an amateur filmmaker.