Where Marvel stars like to hang out in Atlanta

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Marvel’s been busy in Atlanta lately, filming “Avengers: Infinity War” earlier this year before launching production on the next “Avengers” installment in addition to “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Meanwhile “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was among this summer’s blockbuster releases and “Black Panther” is due out next year.

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So .. where do all the super-hero stars like to hang out in Atlanta when they have a little downtime?

Umi  

This sleek sushi spot in Buckhead is a favorite among visiting and resident diners of note. (Falcons QB Matt Ryan says it’s his and wife Sarah’s favorite date-nite spot). It’s a go-to spot for Captain America and the Black Widow, too. Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson dined there not long ago and feasted on crispy rice, avocado salad, shimaaji aburi, otoro tartare, a spicy tuna box and an Umi steak. Johansson sipped a margarita and Evans chose Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Buckhead Diner

Robert Downey Jr., aka Iron Man, showed up for lunch there and posed for this nice photo. The iconic spot on Piedmont turns 30 this year and draws a steady stream of prominent guests. Ryan Gosling stopped in when he was here in 2014 filming “The Nice Guys.” Now that he’s headed back for “First Man,” maybe he’ll plan a return visit.

Atlantic Station

Especially when Cirque du Soleil pitches a tent, as is the case now. RDJ and Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, each took in “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico” by Cirque du Soleil recently. Performances take place under the white and yellow Big Top at the Atlantic Station through Nov. 19.

He. Is. Iron. Man. Photo credit: Eglantine Traore / Cirque du Soleil

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The Georgia Aquarium

Benedict Cumberbatch, whose Dr. Strange character shows up in the “Avengers” project, stopped by and met a cute little friend there this summer.

Photo: Jessica Fontana

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon, has been a fan of this beloved meat-and-three destination for years. “When my brother graduated from Georgia Tech 15 years ago he had his graduation party at Mary Mac’s (Tea Room) and I’ve been going back ever since,” he told us during an interview once. You can also spot him at Bar Taco, by the way. “I love Atlanta.”

The Plaza Theatre

Mark Ruffalo, who bulks up as The Hulk on the job, headlined the ATL100 event at the Plaza recently. The city-wide campaign highlights efforts to embrace renewable energy solutions. “We can do amazing things. We have the technology to do it,” he said that night. The wind is in our sails economically, and it just takes us going out to the world and telling everybody the good news. We don’t need fossil fuels anymore.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and actor Michael Rooker hit the Plaza during an Atlanta Film Festival event once, but things got a little testy when a fan asked an impertinent question.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Michael Rooker, from left and director James Gunn joined Atlanta Film Festival executive director Chris Escobar for a fan Q&A. Photo: Jennifer Brett

The Fayette County Kiwanis Club

OK so maybe that was more of a one-off, but Chris Pratt popped by to check out the civic group’s beer and wine festival

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Pratt visited some young folks on the road to recovery while he was in town. So did Spidey star Tom Holland.

Chops Lobster Bar

The venerable steak and seafood restaurant in Buckhead stays hopping with discriminating diners, famous and otherwise. Chris Evans enjoyed his meal so much that he launched his own line of currency there – sort of. Check out how he personalized a dollar bill to turn George Washington into Captain America!

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