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Black Panther: How Did Howard Stark Get Vibranium?

Black Panther was an amazing addition to the Marvel roster of movies that have entertained the massed and fulfilled the expectations of the fans.There were so many things that worked excellently well and one of the reasons why the movie stands out and shines brightly is how amazingly, all the characters have been incorporated in the movies. The movie is sitting at 97% Rotten Tomatoes score and has already grossed $500 million at the global box office.

Here are some the reviews from popular entertainment sites who are upbeat and positive about the movie:

“The arguments Black Panther undertakes with itself are central to its architecture, a narrative spine that runs from the first scene to the last”. – The Atlantic

Virtually everything that distinguishes “Black Panther” from past Marvel pics works to this standalone entry’s advantage”. – Variety

A jolt of a movie, Black Panther creates wonder with great flair and feeling partly through something Hollywood rarely dreams of anymore: myth”. – New York Times

The plot of the movie was beautifully crafted by Director Ryan Coogler who became the first Black man to have ever been at the helm of a major Marvel comic book movie. Right from the start to the end, every element whether it is inner workings of Wakanda or challenge to Black Panther’s throne from Eric Killmonger and his clash of ideas with T’Challa.

Ryan and his team focused on the evolution of T’Challa from being a caring son to a worthy heir to the throne. After he is done grieving the death of his father, he has to govern the whole city and deal with the inner political turmoil that has beset Wakanda for a long time. He said:

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“In this movie, a lot like politics, it’s a little tricky to define who’s a good guy. The film very much plays with those concepts, looking at conflicts and different motivations, and who’s with who. What makes him different from other superheroes first and foremost is he doesn’t see himself as a superhero. He sees himself as a politician. That’s the first thing on his mind when he wakes up in the morning: ‘How am I going to fulfill my duties as king of this place?'”

The movie is a totally game-changing event for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as from now on, Wakanda will come out of shadows, and it will share its resources and its knowledge with the rest of the world. Now this means that the world will have access to Wakandan Vibranium and more and more people will be using it for the many purposes it can be used. The armies of the world will be weaponized by this new tech, new technological inventions and innovations will happen and this tech will be used by people with bad agendas as well.

In the end, we saw King T’Challa aka Black Panther addressing the world at the UN forum telling them that they are ready to share their resources and talent, collaborate and cooperate with the other countries. But all the world leaders were bemused and one of them said – what could a country of farmers share with the world? Well, T’Challa and Everett Ross laughed as they know Wakanda is the most technologically advanced city in the whole world.

Hence, despite beating Killmonger in the final epic battle, Black Panther partly agreed with the points made by his adversary about empowering Black people around the world. Hence, the movie was not just an action-packed superhero movie, it also had a social message in the narrative which is why the movie has got the kind of massive reception that we have seen.

In fact, Chadwick Boseman shared something interesting about this, he said:

“I’m glad that the tone of Black Panther may be a little grittier. I just wanted to establish that from the beginning, that that’s what we were doing. That that’s what I intend to do. I feel like we’ll end up in a place that I’ve always wanted to be when I look at superhero movies. Those are the ones I like the most. It’s exciting to do that.”

“I feel the energy. The movie opens people’s minds up. You can talk about it all you want, you can have it in a comic book, you can even do an animated series, but when you see real people doing it, it changes something inside of you. It’s going to be a big deal because there’s not just Black people or people of African descent that want to see it, I think everybody wants to see it. That’s the beautiful thing. I truly believe there are more people who want to see it than don’t want to see it, especially after being here.”

Wakanda has been hiding in plain sight all this time because it was protecting the immense reserves of Vibranium it possesses from falling into the wrong hands. And yet, T’Chaka’s brother N’Jobu helped Ulysses Klaue steal a bit of Vibranium from Wakanda in 1992. From that time, Klaue became richer and richer as he kept on selling this Vibranium to the highest bidder until Ultron took it all from him.

Other than the Vibranium Klaue stole, Wakanda has managed to keep tabs on every other Vibranium artifact present all around the world. So if that is the case, then how did Howard stark get hold of Vibranium in the 1940s in Captain America: The First Avenger, and made a shield for Captain America with that? Wasn’t Wakanda supposed to know about this particular Vibranium in the possession of Howard Stark, and later Captain America?

Stark even let Steve keep this prototype Shield made from the strongest metal on earth as he revealed that this is all of the Vibranium that they have. Then Vibranium was not particularly mentioned before Age of Ultron and Klaue even revealed that all this Vibranium came at a personal cost as he had to go through a painful process. Still, Stark got it without anything like this happening to him.

The Answer to this actually lies in the comic book tie-in to Captain America: The First Avenger and the comic is called “the First Vengeance.” In this comic, Stark was demonstrating the first iteration of the Shield to the military generals at a Showcase in Los Angeles. Here’s what he said:

“Tonight’s performance is provided by Vibranium, a metal my Star Industries researchers discovered in deepest Africa!”

So according to this source, the researchers of Stark Industries found it, which means they may have been closer to Wakanda. But Wakanda keeps itself secluded from the outside world so this still does not explain how exactly these researchers found it outside of Wakanda.

We don’t know how Marvel will go on explain this historical fact after the events of Black Panther, but the only explanation to this could be that since Vibranium came out of a Meteor that crashed on Earth millions of years ago, some part of the meteor could’ve broken off as it entered the atmosphere and landed nearby as debris. Either this could be the case or Stark may have had a history with Vibranium that needs some explanation, as how would he know that this metal is actually called ‘Vibranium’.

Well, whatever the case may be, we have to believe the meteor explanation for a while until Marvel actually comes out with something related to this in the future MCU movies. Black Panther is currently playing in the theatres and here is the official synopsis of the movie released by the Marvel Studios:

“After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.”

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