There has long been a debate within Marvel fandom about which fictional unbreakable metal is stronger, Adamantium or Vibranium. Ultimately, in the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the argument is pointless because, after all, there’s already a metal that exists in the films and comics that’s mightier than both: Dargonite.
If you’ve never heard of Dargonite, you’re not alone. This rarely mentioned metal is less widely used than its two more popular cousins. But it has already proved in the mainstream comics to be stronger than Adamantium — and it may have already made its presence felt in the MCU.
Marvel’s Dargonite Is Stronger Than Adamantium and Vibranium
Dargonite is a metal alloy from the future, named after Dargo Ktor, the Thor of Earth-8710, a possible version of Earth-616’s 26th century. In the comics, Dargonite was demonstrated to be stronger than Adamantium when Major Vance Astro’s containment suit — made from Adamantium — was pierced by a sniper shot comprised of the alloy.
But while Dargonite is able to pierce Adamantium, little else is known about it. Because it’s named after the alternate-universe Thor, it’s possible the alloy utilizes the same Uru metal used to forge Mjolnir and Stormbreaker — the matter found at the core of a dying star. However, if that’s the case, then it’s still unclear which other ore is utilized. Debates still continue about whether Dargonite contains an Adamantium or Vibranium isotope. But, in either case, it would result in the substance becoming the only thing that can break otherwise-unbreakable metal.
Thanos May Have Discovered Dargonite in the MCU
It’s possible that Dargonite has already appeared in the MCU. In Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Thanos and his Black Order pierce and obliterate Vibranium. The first instance of this is in Infinity War when Corvus Glaive’s weapon impales Vision’s body. Although that may not initially seem like a big deal, it’s important to consider that Ultron made Vision’s body out of the Vibranium metal alloy.
Now, while Shuri’s equipment, made from Vibranium, can also dismantle Vision’s body, when she tries to remove the Mind Stone from his head, it doesn’t have the same effect. Considering Vibranium is designed to absorb shock, Corvus’ weapon should not have been able to pierce Vision’s skin, let alone drive right through him. Likewise, while Thanos is able to pry the Mind Stone from Vision’s head, he’s also empowered by the other Infinity Stones, which means the laws of reality bent for him.
However, in Avengers: Endgame, Thanos, without any Infinity Stones fueling him, still splinters Captain America’s Vibranium shield. That should be absolutely impossible — unless Thanos’ sword is forged from something like Dargonite. Of course, it would make sense for someone as well-traveled as the Mad Titan to have combined metals to create an unbeatable weapon.
The Future of Dargonite in the MCU
If Dargonite is a metal that already exists in the MCU, it’s possible a cosmic person could forge weaponry from it. With only Stormbreaker available, it’s apparent that Mjolnir needs to be reforged so that Jane Foster has a weapon to wield in Thor: Love and Thunder. Sure, the hammer could be recreated using the shards of the old one, but by that logic, Thor and Jane would be better off making a more formidable weapon using Uru metal and Vibranium as an alloy.
However, the discovery of Dargonite opens up some scary possibilities. Given what Thanos was able to achieve with a weapon potentially made of the metal, if it were to end up in equally, or even more dangerous, hands, the Avengers may not stand a chance. Thus far, the heroes of the MCU have relied on Vibranium to get them through, but upcoming events could call for an upgrade.