Madripoor, officially Principality of Madripoor, was an island in Southeast Asia, located in the southern portion of the Strait of Malacca, southwest of Singapore. Its capital and single large city was Madripoor, which was divided between wealthy Hightown and impoverished, crime-ridden Lowtown. This served to represent the extreme social inequality in Madripoor, described as "A place for the very rich and the very poor." Madripoor was once a haven for pirates, a tradition that had somewhat continued to present day with its lawless quality; the Principality did not allow other nations to extradite criminals; however, it was still considered one of the business capitals of the Pacific Rim.
The island was best known because of its relation to the mutant known as Wolverine and the fact that the villainess Viper was a long-time ruler. More recently, it was the focus point of an alien invasion led by Khan, but was stopped by a team of X-Men. Afterward, the newest Scorpion traveled to the island to learn more about her secret past and her mysterious mother.
Madripoor had it's own defenders Tarik Fayad using the Coptic Staff and the alias of "Horus" to protect the small island nation. He was killed by Grant Ward, who was using a counterfeit Iron Man Armor, using intel from the stolen Quantum Drive, which contained information on how to defeat several major super heroes. Horus' death was a demonstration of the legitimacy of the content of the Quantum Drive, meant to attract the attention of any potential bidder.
Magneto later established a variation of the original X-Mansion to serve as a base for the time-displaced X-Men. Since their return to their own time and Magneto's establishment of Krakoa, the mansion's last known residents were the Raksha, a local team of Wolverine-inspired mutant heroes.
- Madripoor is a small island nation located to the south of Singapore in the vicinity of Kepulauan Riau and Kepulauan Lingga in the Indonesian archipelago.
The major languages in Madripoor range from English, French, and Filipino.
The capital city, which shares the island’s name, lays claim to the most luxurious and expensive hotels in the world. At the same time, it possesses one of the most severe pockets of poverty on the planet. This economic polarization has effectively divided the capital city into two parts: Hightown, the high-tech haven of the very rich and powerful, and Lowtown, the medieval domain of the hopelessly poor.
Politics and international relations
It was conquered by freebooters centuries ago, its heritage of piracy evolved into the present system of government whose laissez-faire policy allows for virtually any business transaction provided that the status quo is not threatened. Madripoor does not allow criminal extradition from within its borders, making it an exotic diplomatic haven for many international criminals and organizations who help maintain the stability of the government through a sophisticated system of corruption that includes payoffs to the Chancellor, who runs the day-to-day government operations.
In the Humorverse, Madripoor's equivalent is called Nastynpoor (a joke on Nasty 'n' poor), "where nobody seems to notice that a guy has four foot claws coming' out've his hands." Wolverweenie visited it at least once, and an expiring guy gave him the lead to track evil Don Druglordo to Costa Lottamoola.
Points of Interest
- Buccaneer Bay
- Empty Quarter
- Madripoor Criminal Rehabilitation Center
- Straits of Johor
- Tyger Tiger's Private Safe House
- Madripoor is apparently based on Singapore, since they are both South Asian island port city-states.
- Captain America teamed up with Wolverine at Madripoor in World War II, being the first canonical time they met.
- 316 Appearances of Madripoor
- 13 Minor Appearances of Madripoor
- 84 Media Madripoor was Mentioned in
- 30 Images featuring Madripoor
- Location Gallery: Madripoor
- 21 locations in Madripoor
Links and References
- Marvel Comics Presents #1-10 Cite error: Invalid
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- Wolverine Vol 2 #125-127
- X-Treme X-Men #10-18
- Avengers World #1
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #2
- X-Men: Blue #1
- Marvel Atlas #1; Madripoor's entry
- Marvel Atlas #1
- Spider-Man/Deadpool #22
- What The--?! #17
- Uncanny X-Men #268