Vibranium is a substance that featured in Marvel Comics.
A meteor containing Vibranium emerged from the Vega System where it drifted across space before crashing onto the surface of Earth. (Black Panther v7 #12)
Vibranium could be used to create super-powered weapons with them being internationally condemned weapons. (New Avengers v1 #6)
During World War II, Nazi Germany sought an advantage in the arms race and producing intercontinental missiles. They came to learn the existence of Vibranium and that it existed in Wakanda leading to Baron von Strucker being dispatched with a platoon to acquire the metal. Scouts were dispatched with all of them eliminated by the Black Panther and his Wakandan warriors. In response, Captain America and the Howling Commandoes were dispatched to thwart them. This led to Steve Rogers meeting the Black Panther Azzuri. (Black Panther/Captain America: Flags of Our Fathers v1 #1)
Over a decade ago, T'Challa began liquidating Wakandan's Vibranium reserves to around 400 ounces a day. From the capital generated, he along with the nation's best economists diversified and heavily invested in emerging economies leading to their national reserves standing at trillions of dollars leading to their economy thriving. (Fantastic Four v1 #607)
For years, the Roxxon Energy Corporation had sought to acquire Vibranium but the only known source of the substance was within Wakanda. This was until the discovery of an island in the South Atlantic that contained deposits of the mineral. Roxxon then moved to occupy the site which they disguised as a U.S. military operation where they set up strip-mining operations headed by Jonas Hale along with dumping toxic chemicals to force the native residents to depart. This activity drew the attention of Namor who opposed them with Roxxon attempting to trick Iron Man to battle the Atlantean Prince. The conflict ended with their operation threatened to be exposed leading to Hale deciding to deny anyone access to the Vibranium and he detonated explosives to destroy the island. Despite this being the case, there was insufficient evidence linking Roxxon to the incident and thus they escaped persecution involved in this event. (Iron Man v1 #121)
A research project was given to E.S.U. that was funded by the Roxxon Energy Corporation for the study of a new synthetic form of Vibranium that was known as Nuform that was being demonstrated on the campus grounds. Roxxon employees were present to help in setting up the event that was being overseen by Arthur Dearborn.
The Roxxon Energy Corporation funded a joint-research project with Empire State University in the creation of a new form of synthetic Vibranium known as Nuform. The project was headed by Jonas Hale and overseen by Arthur Dearborn with Wakanda worried about the potential impact of this cheaper version of the metal on their economy. In actuality, the Vibranium was unstable as it degraded into Antarctic Vibranium that melted any metal on contact with Roxxon hiding the process through the use of microwave energy to bombard it to delay the transformation. They intended to sell the defective metal to create profit despite the damage it would cause to buyers. (Amazing Spider-Man Annual v1 #25)
During the Secret Invasion, the Skrull's under Queen Veranke sought to infiltrate and conquer the planet. Among the threats posed to their invasion was Vibranium as it could be used to fashion weapons with which they had no defense leading to the Dard'van deciding to target the mineral reserves in the Savage Land along with Wakanda. They intended to do this under the cover of posing as a corrupt faction in S.H.I.E.L.D. (New Avengers v1 #42) S.H.I.E.L.D. had established a secret mining facility for Vibranium in the Antarctic's Savage Land. Indigenous inhabitants were enslaved to mine the metal in this foreign land in order to stockpile on reserves of the substance. The new Avengers discovered the facility where they attempted to shut it down. However, a Helicarrier under Maria Hill arrived with them destroying the site along with all the personnel claiming that they were a rogue covert faction. (New Avengers v1 #6)
It served as the core of the entire Wakandan technology base where it was part of medicine, defense, computers and even water purification systems. (Age of Heroes v1 #4)
The Vanisher was selling stolen raw Vibranium in New York City and distributing it through the use of his teleportation abilities. The Black Panther contacted Kasper Cole and asked for his assistance in stopping the sales. (Black Panther: World of Wakanda v1 #6)
In an effort to find the source of Vibranium, the Black Panther did cosmic dating of the Great Mound and determined that the meteor originated from the Vega System. He deployed a ship to investigate it but contact was lost with them leading to T'Challa embarking to investigate the disappearance of the expedition alongside Eden Fesi. (Black Panther v7 #12)
The use of Vibranium on the hulls of craft could shield them from EMP effects. (Black Panther v4 #19)
It was classed as an illegally banned weapon material. (New Avengers v1 #6)
On Earth, it was extremely rare with it being roughly one part per billion of earthbound elements along with additional qualities making it extremely valuable. At one point, an average cost of pure Vibranium was around $10,000 per gram. (Fantastic Four v1 #607)
- Vibranium was created by Stan Lee and John Romita where it made its first appearance in Daredevil v1 #13 (February, 1966).
In other media
- In Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Vibranium featured briefly in the episode "The X-Men Adventure". The cyborg Cyberiad was responsible for taking over the X-Mansion and turned its systems against its occupants as part of his revenge against Firestar. Vibranium was used on the trap doors to nullify Shadowcats phasing ability preventing her from escaping as she hit a solid wall instead of moving through them.
- In Fantastic Four, the substance was shown in the episode "Prey of the Black Panther" where it was a mineral unique to the lands of Wakanda and could absorb vibrations such as sound. The native Wakandan people guarded it with their lives and ten years ago the scientist Ulysses Klaw came to the region in order to plunder it of the mineral. He was opposed by T'Challa's father who died at the hands of the villain causing the young boy to wound Klaw with his own sonic weapon causing him to flee. T'Challa would thus become the new Black Panther and embark on a quest to avenge the death of his father. He would sell small quantities of Vibranium to build a fortune that he used to aid him in developing his education and technology. Klaw would return where he created red skinned animals made of sound to terrorize the Wakandan people as he once again sought out Vibranium. In a fight with Mr. Fantastic and Black Panther, Klaw fell into his own machines where he became a creature of sound that attacked the Wakandan village. However, it was discovered that he was powerless against Vibranium and sent falling onto the Vibranium Mound where he was absorbed into it thus allowing T'Challa to avenge his father.
- In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, the episode "Line of Fire" showed that foreign interests had intentions to acquire the substance from the sacred mounds of Wakanda. Parties within the country intended to sell 'blood Vibranium' in order to acquire currency that was used to fund a civil war in Africa between Niganda and Wakanda. Justin Hammer of Hammer Multinational sought this 'blood Vibranium' for his Project Titanium whilst Stane of Stark International also attempted to acquire the substance. These smuggled shipments were, however, intercepted by the Black Panther who returned much of the Vibranium back to Wakanda. In "Fugitive of S.H.I.E.L.D.", its shown that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been experimenting in combining Adamantium with Vibranium as part of Project: Hybrid though the data was stolen by the Black Widow until the plan was stopped by Iron Man.
- In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Vibranium made a number of appearances in the animated television series. It was native to the lands of Wakanda with it being based in the Vibranium Mound and protected by its people. Hank Pym had learnt of it and was studying its sound-manipulating properties for a time. Hydra through Ulysses Klaw secretly supported the Wakandan M'Baku in the toppling of T'Chaka in exchange for access to the Vibranium in the minds. This was until the Black Panther with the support of the Avengers toppled the Man-Ape's rule.
- In Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Vibranium was mentioned in the episode "Afterlife" where it was said to coat the housing of the Toolbox that was given to Coulson by former Director Fury.
- In Avengers Assemble, Vibranium appeared in the animated television series where it featured in the episode "Panther's Rage". In season 4, the Cabal attacked the Wakandan consulate with the Leader stealing Vibranium there to add it to his machine that he used to trap the Avengers in stasis whereupon they were displaced in the universe. In "Bashenga", it was revealed that the Vibranium meteor that landed in Wakanda was discovered by Bashenga and his sister Bask when they were fleeing from Atlantean raiders. Their people had long been raided by Atlantis and were unable to match their foes superior steel that cut through their weapons. Upon finding the meteor, they discovered Vibranium which Bashenga intended to use to shield them from their attackers whilst Bask wanted it to use it to create weapons to wage war against Atlantis itself. In addition, they discovered a mysterious metal core that had a corruptive influence on the person using it with Bask overwhelmed by its power where she forged it into a Crown. In the years afterwards, Vibranium was used by the people of Wakanda to develop their advanced civilization.
- In Marvel's Spider-Man, Vibranium was shown in the animated television series where it was stated to be native to the nation of Wakanda. Anya Corazon who was a student at Horizon High was working on a Vibranium Generator as a power source that was one of her projects at the science academy.
- In Marvel's Future Avengers, Vibranium appeared in the setting of the animated television series where it was a rare metal native to Wakanda. The Masters of Evil sought to steal large quantities of it in order to help power up the Emerald Rain Project.
- In Ultimate Avengers, Vibranium was mentioned in the animated film. It was shown as being a component of Chitauri ships with it coating their hulls.
- In Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther, Vibranium featured heavily in the plotline of the animated film sequel.
- In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Vibranium made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting.
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Vibranium was mentioned as being an incredibly strong metal and the nation of Wakanda had rich deposits of it. Captain America's shield was composed of Vibranium and the arms dealer Ulysses Klause managed to take a large supply of it though not before the Wakandans branded him with the words thief on his neck in their language. Ultron after coming online took Wanda and Pietro Maximoff along with numerous drone versions of himself to meet with Klause to purchase Vibranium. This supply was later used alongside Dr. Helen Cho's Regeneration Cradle technology at U-Gen Laboratories to create a partially organic body that later became the Vision. After failing to upload his mind into it, Ultron crafted a larger Vibranium body for himself during his battle with the Avengers.
- In Black Panther, Vibranium featured in the setting of the live-action film. It was said to had come to Earth on a meteor that crashed millions of years ago in the region that became Wakanda. After the impact, it infused the native wild-life with its qualities which was when five tribes settled in the area where they were unified under the banner of the first Black Panther. Through Vibranium, they crafted a highly advanced nation that hid themselves from the outside world with the rest of the planet thinking the area was a poor country of farmer and shepherds. Erik Killmonger attempted to take the throne where he planned to ship Vibranium to Wakanda spies to topple nations around the world but was stopped by the Black Panther.
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