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Quote1.png Congratulations, sir. You have created a new element. Quote2.png


This New Element was originally researched and theorized by Howard Stark after his work with the Tesseract.[2]

Howard Stark's on the Tesseract

Howard believed it to be the key to limitless, renewable, clean energy. However, limited by the technology of his time, Howard was unable to create the element for himself and instead left the blueprints for the element hidden in a model of the Stark Expo fairgrounds for his son Tony to discover later.[3]

Tony discovering the New Element's atomic structure hidden in the Stark Expo fairgrounds designs

Tony's design of the Arc Reactor in his chest required a heavy element such as Palladium to keep it running. Unfortunately, palladium was continuously eroded by the neutron bombardment, and released deadly poisons into Tony's body.[3]

Palladium core poisoning Tony Stark

Tony synthesizing his New Element

Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s intervention temporarily reversed some of the palladium poisoning symptoms allowing Tony to discover his father's design for a new element to replace the palladium. Building a small particle accelerator in his garage, Tony was finally able to create a New Element that met his needs, and in turn created a new armor suit to utilize the new power.[3] Tony later tried to get it patented as "Badassium", but ran into too many legal issues.[1]

Nick Fury and Dr. Erik Selvig discussing "Badassium" as a possible name for Tony Stark's New Element

Not long after Tony synthesized his New Element, Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. along with Dr. Erik Selvig used it to reignite the Tesseract.[1][4]



  • According to Tony, the New Element replacement Arc Reactor core tastes like "coconut and metal".[3]

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