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With his dedication to making the best Iron Man suit, it's curious why Tony Stark never decided to make an armor made of Vibranium. MCU's inaugural hero was known for several things including his unparalleled genius, hence why he was integral in making the time heist in Avengers: Endgame possible. Until the very end, his creations impacted the state of the franchise, staying true to his penchant for building and creating various tech.
Initially, this particular gift was used for the wrong reasons as Tony's weapons for Stark Industries were used for war and against the people he intended to protect. Once he had that epiphany during his near-death experience in Afghanistan when the Ten Rings abducted him, the genius, billionaire Avenger used his skills differently, opting to create a better Iron Man armor that allowed him to personally become a superhero. This continued to drive Tony throughout the rest of his arc in the MCU; over the years, his armors had become more and more advanced as he took on worse adversaries. Given this progression, he never got the chance to build a suit that's made from one of the strongest metals on Earth — Vibranium.
Using the indestructible element seemed to be an organic next step for the Iron Man suit on the heels of Wakanda's opening under King T'Challa's rule in Black Panther. Tony did have an existing personal relationship with the leader of the advanced nation and he could've asked for a personal favor and bought some of it for himself. However, he didn't, and for a good reason. Since Vibranium is extremely rare and valuable, it also doesn't come cheap. As revealed in WandaVision, Vision, whose body was made from Vibranium and synthetic flesh, cost around $3 billion of the Wakandan material. It was somehow worth it to spend this much money on the character considering that he housed the Mind Stone; Vision needed to be durable as it's actually the character's supposed forever body. Meanwhile, Tony went through his suits fairly quickly – he debuted at least one every time he was on screen, and instead of fixing them after every battle, he simply discarded them and built a brand new one. This meant that he would require an endless supply of Vibranium to keep up this cycle, which wasn't sustainable considering the Vibranium's rarity and it still belonging to Wakanda.
Off-screen, it also makes sense for Marvel Studios to limit any outsiders' use of Vibranium, which includes Iron Man. This highlights that it is only reserved for Black Panther and the people of Wakanda. At this point, only Vision and Captain America's shield, and now wings are made of the durable element making them extra special. Tony had access to other materials and he was free to use and incorporate them into his technology, but Vibranium is a signature of Wakanda and Black Panther; it's part of their identity considering how much of it is used in various forms in the country. Keeping it separate allows them to emphasize where Vibranium originally came from. In any case, perhaps it could be used in a different Iron Man suit moving forward — be it for Rescue, the alter-ego of Pepper Potts in the comics, or Riri Williams' Ironheart which would send a thematic message considering that she is a young Black woman.
Now, Iron Man is gone and the Infinity Saga is finished, Marvel Studios is focusing on standalone stories with Black Panther 2's new title, Wakanda Forever hinting that the sequel will delve deep into the fascinating country as a whole. This could mean that the Ryan Coogler-directed movie will delve deep into the country's place in the world after it opened up, which includes how much Vibranium will be shared.
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- Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
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- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
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