What Is the Strongest Metal in the Universe?
If you’ve been following along with our blog lately, chances are that you’ve seen a bit of a focus on superheroes. The reason for this, of course, is that Deadpool 2’s Cable chose to wear one of our heavy duty belts. As CNET so eloquently put it, Cable has one of “the most convoluted backstories in comics,” but one thing is for certain--he’s unstoppable. The truth is that for someone like Cable, a Klik Belt is the only option thanks to its strength and durability.
That got us thinking.
We designed our belts to be the strongest in the world. From the heavy duty nylon webbing to the world’s most durable buckles that are made out of an aluminum alloy, a Klik Belt can withstand quite a bit. With that in mind, we started to wonder about what the strongest metal in the comic book universe might be, so we did a bit of research. What did we learn? Keep reading to find out!
The Strongest Metals in the Galaxy
If there’s one fictional metal that has gained the most attention over the years, it has to be the one that’s covering the skeleton of none other than everyone’s favorite member of the X-Men. We’re talking, of course, about Wolverine.
Portrayed brilliantly on film by Hugh Jackman, Wolverine’s backstory is also a bit confusing thanks to the tendency of comic books to change origin stories and explore alternate universes on a regular basis. Nevertheless, it is generally agreed upon that Wolverine’s birth name is James Howlett. Born in the late 1800s, Howlett is a mutant with regenerative powers as well as the ability to produce his infamous claws, which originally were made of bone and could be broken.
Depending on the version you hear, the story can change from here, but the most popular storyline sees Howlett abandoning his name in favor of the name Logan and serving in both World Wars. (The second war would see Logan fighting alongside Captain America.)
At some point, Logan becomes an experiment of the Weapon X program, under which he is taken captive and experimented on. Part of those experiments? The fusion of adamantium onto his bones, which of course include his now legendary claws. The process also serves to make Logan pretty much indestructible. Between his regenerative powers, his adamantium-covered skeleton, his claws, and his berserker rage, Logan is quite a force to be reckoned with.
After escaping the Weapon X facility, Logan deals with memory loss (or false memories that were implanted during his experimentation, depending on which version you are reading) and eventually joins the X-Men where he became a fan favorite. From there, the story branches out into about a million different directions that are impossible to cover, but one thing remains: Wolverine’s adamantium-covered skeleton that makes him an unstoppable force.
Recommended reading: Wolverine by Chris Claremont, Wolverine: Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith, X-Men: Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont, Wolverine: Origin by Paul Jenkins, Old Man Logan by Mark Millar
Thanks to the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s another fictional metal that people are aware of. That metal, of course, is vibranium. As with many things in the world of comics, its backstory tends to be rather convoluted. If you’re a fan of the aforementioned Marvel films, there’s no doubt that you’re aware of vibranium’s use in them.
Originally introduced as the main component of Captain America’s iconic shield, vibranium also went on to play an important part in Ultron’s construction in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and perhaps more importantly, in this year’s massive hit Black Panther. In the Cinematic Universe, vibranium is native to Black Panther’s nation Wakanda, allowing them to create technology that makes even the impressive Iron Man suit pale in comparison.
If you’re a fan of the comic books, you know that Cap’s shield was originally made out of an alloy of vibranium and proto-adamantium, which, according to our friends at Wikipedia, has been shown to be pretty tough in the past. They note that in the past, “cosmic and magical or godly opponents have broken the shield, [but] the shield proves strong enough to absorb Hulk's strength, and repel an attack from Thor's mystical hammer Mjölnir without any visible damage.” They also mention that “it is able to absorb all kinetic energy and transfers very little energy from each impact, meaning Captain America does not feel recoil or transferred impact forces from blocking attacks.”
The comics show that vibranium has its origins in space and that it has been found in different forms in Wakanda and Antarctica, but that is has also been replicated in laboratories.
Aside from its use in Captain America’s shield, vibranium is used “in a micro weave mesh in [The Black Panther’s] uniform that robs incoming objects of their momentum.”
Recommended reading for Captain America: Captain America Epic Collection: Captain America Lives Again by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas, Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection by Ed Brubaker, Captain America: Red Menace by Ed Brubaker, The Death of Captain America: The Complete Collection by Ed Brubaker
Recommended reading for Black Panther: Secret Invasion: Black Panther by Jason Aaron, A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Black Panther: The Complete Collection by Christopher Priest, Who Is the Black Panther? by Reginald Hudlin
Last, but certainly not least, we come to uru. Possibly the least famous metal on this list, it’s present in at least one weapon that pretty much everyone has heard of. What weapon is that you ask? Thor’s hammer, of course!
Known by the name of Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer is recognized for being an unstoppable force no matter what comes up against it. Bearing the inscription that “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor,” the hammer has been wielded by others throughout its history, which is no small feat.
Among those who have wielded Mjolnir over the years, perhaps Beta Ray Bill is the favorite. With one of the most incredible backstories in comic book history, Beta Ray Bill was the first to be able to pick up Thor’s hammer thanks to his dedication to undergoing experimentation and volunteering to lead his people to freedom. (As a matter of fact, Thor’s father Odin deemed Beta Ray Bill so worthy of possessing Thor’s hammer that he forged Mjolnir’s equal, a war hammer that was given the name of Stormbreaker. This name will be familiar to those who have seen Marvel’s recent success, The Avengers: Infinity War.)
Others throughout the years who have lifted Thor’s hammer include Captain America (which is no surprise, because if anyone’s worthy, it’s Cap), Rogue, Spider-Man, and Jane Foster, Thor’s longtime girlfriend who would go on to become Thor herself in recent runs of the comic book series. More surprisingly, characters such as Magneto, Red Hulk, The Vision, and even Wonder Woman and Superman in various crossovers have wielded the hammer containing one of the strongest metals in the entire galaxy.
One thing is for certain, however. No matter who is wielding Mjolnir, uru is one of the absolute strongest metals in existence.
Recommended reading: Thor: God of Thunder by Jason Aaron, Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron, Thor: Worldengine by Warren Ellis, Thor: The Mighty Avenger by Roger Langridge, Thor Visionaries by Walt Simonson
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At the end of the day, we created Klik Belts to be the most heavy duty belts on the planet. Are the patented Cobra buckles able to go toe to toe with the likes of adamantium, vibranium, and uru? We’ll let you be the judge of that yourself, but suffice it to say that they’re incredibly strong. As a matter of fact, they can withstand a force of 18 kiloNewtons (or to put it in a number that’s easier to comprehend, that’s about 4,050 lbs of force). In other words, it’s the strongest belt you’re likely to find.
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