Marvel Super Hero Relics, Artifacts, and Weapons
There are many aspects that make a super hero: their strong constitution and character, their powers, their suit. Each of these heroes must pick up the mantle and find their unique abilities in order to protect everyone. Sometimes, though, they might need a little help.
That’s where magical relics, super-powered weapons, and ancient artifacts come in. While our heroes are more than capable of saving the world sans a fancy object, having Mjolnir or a bow and arrow by your side is a useful, additional tool for fighting bad guys. How many of these do you have in your arsenal — and which will you soon be adding?
Composed of steel alloy, Proto-Adamantium, and Vibranium (the precious metal from Black Panther’s homeland of Wakanda), Captain America’s shield is both the Star Spangled Avenger’s primary defense and offense. This iconic weapon boasts a classic red, white, and blue circular striped pattern and a five-pointed silver star in the center. The shield is considered virtually indestructible.
In Marvel comics, the shield was created by Dr. Myron MacLain, a United States government contracted metallurgist who hoped to increase the American’s advantage during World War II with impenetrable armor as well as this disc-shaped shield. The weapon was awarded to Steve Rogers a few months into his service, and went into the ice with Cap when his plane crashed into the icy waters below.
In the MCU, Tony Stark’s father, Howard Stark, built Cap’s shield. Steve’s story and time with it were mostly the same, and he carried it with him, fighting with it until he passed the shield — and role — to Sam Wilson AKA Falcon. In the comics and cinematic universe, many other Marvel characters have wielded the shield, including: Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird, John Walker/U.S. Agent, Clint Barton/Hawkeye, and Baron Zemo.
The Eye of Agamotto is a metal amulet carved with runic inscriptions and worn on a leather cord. It was built to contain the Time Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones coveted by the Mad Titan Thanos. This relic allows the user to harness the power of an infinity stone without suffering adverse affects. Under the protection of Doctor Strange, the Eye has been passed from the first Sorcerer Supreme Agamotto all the way down to Stephen.
Since the source of its power is the Time Stone, the Eye can be used to slow, reverse, stop, speed up, and otherwise manipulate the flow of time. In Doctor Strange, Stephen uses the Eye for good, defeating Dormammu. In Marvel’s What If…?, a grief-stricken Stephen is led astray by its promise of power, and meddles with his own timeline until it drives him to evil. What’s that they say about the eye of the beholder?
Powerful familial heirlooms are a major plot device in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, with both the rings and the the jade pendants holding impressive power. Shang-Chi and Xialing’s green jade pendants are a matching set, given to them by their mother, Ying Li, as a token from her home in Ta Lo. She gave her children these necklaces without revealing to their father, the violent and immortal Wenwu, the true meaning behind these gems. Still, Wenwu reasons they are important and sends thugs to take the necklaces from his son and daughter when he needs to return to Ta Lo.
Once the necklaces — and the family — are reunited at the Ten Rings complex, the gems can be taken from their cords to become eyes in a large fountain statue. The water runs over into the courtyard, changing into a map through a bamboo forest that guides the viewer to a portal, which will take them to the heavenly realm of Ta Lo. In this way, Ying Li ensured Shang-Chi and Xialing would always be able to return to their ancestral roots.
A king’s weapon, Stormbreaker is a dwarven-made enchanted axe. After Mjolnir’s destruction, Thor uses this weapon to summon the Bifrost and fight in the Infinity War. He helps forge it by holding open the star’s cage and enduring the full power of the neutron star, proving once again his physical strength and commitment to justice.
One of the most interesting parts of Stormbreaker is its handle. After the axe’s mold is shattered and the full blade is revealed, Eitri the dwarf cannot locate a handle. Sensing they have limited time, a teenage Groot severs his own arm to serve as the handle. Stormbreaker is therefore a combination of many heroes’ efforts and sacrifices, and a mighty tool for the Asgardian Avenger.
The Hala Star is a symbol associated with the Kree race. The militaristic nation adorns their uniforms, starships, and space stations with this star in order to honor their home world of the same name, which is the capital planet of the Kree empire. It is on this advanced planet that Carol Danvers is “reborn” as Vers, before rebelling against her captors to become the universal hero Captain Marvel.
Despite harboring no love for the Kree, Carol keeps this symbol on her uniform. She does, however, change the colors from her uniform’s standard Starforce green and white to the red, gold, and blue palette from the Marvel comics.
Heroes are defined by what’s on the inside, but sometimes a little outside help is much appreciated.
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