Even before he donned his numerous Iron Man suits, Tony Stark was a master at creating weapons, though that was solely for turning a profit at Stark Industries. Nowadays any weapon Tony comes up with is for benevolent purposes, although as we saw with Ultron, sometimes these plans can go horribly wrong. Regardless, Tony is still tinkering around, and a new Avengers 4 set photo has revealed he might be breaking out a new weapon that has a ridiculous amount of firepower.

You can head to the geekpowerbackup Instagram page to look at this Avengers 4 set photo, but this device basically looks like a giant cannon that resembles the Proton Cannon that Iron Man would break out in the Marvel vs. Capcom video game. Granted, this particular contraption isn't nearly as massive as the Proton Cannon and can't be brought out nearly as easily, but it definitely looks like it could a powerful punch.

For those of you wondering if this weapon is legit, we've actually already seen it. During Avengers: Infinity War, when James Rhodes is chatting with Thunderbolt Ross in Tony Stark's workshop at the Avengers' headquarters, the weapon is in the background, as you'll see below on the far left side.

Naturally given everything that was happening in that scene, most viewers probably didn't pay any to this device. After all, as mentioned earlier, Tony Stark likes building things, so what does it matter of there's a particularly big contraption sitting in the corner? However, the weapon popped up again last month in that cryptic "Look hard" photo directors Joe and Anthony Russo posted last month.

Now keep in mind that even though this device exists, we don't know for a fact that it's a weapon. It's possible it could be some kind of engine or reactor that powers something else that Tony Stark will bring out during Avengers 4. Either way, with something this large, one would imagine it will have some importance to the plot rather than constructed to be a Easter egg. Then again, maybe the Russos are big fans of Marvel vs. Capcom and decided to pay tribute to the video game.

Since Marvel Studios still hasn't released any story details about Avengers 4, we have no idea what's in store for Iron Man and the other surviving heroes. Still, with Thanos out there and half of the universe snapped out of existence, one couldn't blame Tony Stark for enhancing this device to use against the Mad Titan. Let's also not forget that Avengers 4 might be introducing an "even greater threat" than Thanos, so perhaps this device is intended for that individual/mysterious force. Fortunately, we're only seven months way from having all of our Avengers 4 questions answered, so hang in there, fans!

Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates and look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what else the MCU has in development.

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