I think the question is self explanatory.

In the Marvel Universe what are the various fictional materials(metals or otherwise)?

The only ones which I have encountered are:

  • Adamantium,
  • Vibranium and
  • uru.

Are there any besides these?


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Marvel's canon Earth-616 is rife with imaginary metals and metallic alloys. The short list includes:

  • Primary Adamantium: most indestructible material/metal in the Marvel Universe, found uniquely within Captain America's shield (now with added Uru!).

  • Adamantium: incredibly hard to come by, can be used to coat normal metals to enhance their durability as well. Almost impossible to make on Earth-616, process is limited to a select few corporations. Most notably found in Ultron's nigh-indestructible carapace.

  • Secondary Adamantium: When you can't afford real adamantium, you make, buy or steal this. Nearly as good, far more durable than normal metallic alloys, very, very expensive.

  • Adamantium Beta: Wolverine's Skeleton and claws are made from this. Unique to Wolverine.

  • Vibranium A: A metallic substance which absorbs vibrational energy, once found exclusively in the African kingdom of Wakanda. It was of extraterrestrial origins. The Wakandan stockpile was destroyed.

  • Vibranium B: Also known as anti-metal, which destroys metallic bonds even in adamantium. Black Panther used to have claws made from it. This material was found exclusively in the Savage Land.

  • Carbonadium: Carbonadium is a resilient, unstable metal that is vastly stronger than steel, but more malleable and cheaper than adamantium, a synthetic and poor man's adamantium, very durable but also very toxic as well. Most commonly associated with Omega Red.

  • Adamantine: Greek god's version of Adamantium, durable, tough, golden-colored, very rare. Most notable object: Hercules' Golden Mace

  • Uru: Norse super-metal, Mjolnir is made of from it; tough, strong, holds enchantments well, hard to come by, even in Asgard, dwarves horde it.

  • Cosmically-enhanced metals: including the armor of the Celestials, Galactus and the material the Silver Surfer's board are made of super-strong, nearly indestructible materials, unable to be affected by most normal forces on Earth. This may also include unique weapons of the local god-like beings associated with Earth, such as Odin's spear, Gungnir.

  • Iron Man's Armor: - composed of metallic and ceramically enhanced alloys allowing for durability, strength and can be further enhanced by charging it with electrical energies.

  • Osmium: A real metal, it makes this list because Colossus, the Living Juggernaut's mutant power is to transform into a being composed of this dense and resilient metal.

  • Osmium, heaviest on earth. Aug 20, 2013 at 18:47
  • Perhaps a special note for Cap's shield (I know it's an alloy but it is unique as well)
    – Monty129
    Aug 20, 2013 at 19:12
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    I said uniquely... Aug 20, 2013 at 19:14
  • @Thaddeus apologies, I must have skimmed right over that the first time!
    – Monty129
    Aug 20, 2013 at 20:37
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    No worries, mate. You are working all over the place so I can understand if you skim entries... Aug 20, 2013 at 20:38

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_elements,_materials,_isotopes_and_atomic_particles :

  • Adamantium (with varying versions, e.g. Beta, Carbonadium etc...)
  • Omnium steel
  • Shazamium (may be nonmetal)
  • Promethium
  • Sivanium
  • Vibranium
  • Uru
  • I'm omitting all the non-fictional ones (Promethium, Osmium, steel, whatever alloy Iron Man uses) as well as metal-like stuff that's not named (Silver Surfer's skin) Aug 20, 2013 at 18:44
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    – Monty129
    Aug 22, 2013 at 21:15
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    Sivanium and Shazamium (and a third metal, Marvelium) were from a Golden-Age Captain Marvel (the Fawcett hero, the SHAZAM! guy) story, reprinted a few times by DC Comics. So, not from Marvel Comics, but nonetheless examples of fictional metals. May 7, 2018 at 19:09

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