Madripoor, officially Principality of Madripoor, is an island in Southeast Asia, located in the southern portion of the Strait of Malacca, southwest of Singapore. Its capital and single large city is Madripoor, which is divided between wealthy Hightown and impoverished, crime-ridden Lowtown. This serves 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 is somewhat continued today with its lawless quality; the Principality does not allow other nations to extradite criminals. However, it is 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.
- Madripoor localization seems to have retconned over the years:
The major languages in Madripoor range from English, French, and Cantonese Chinese, as well as other Asian languages.
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 1942, Madripoor was invaded and occupied by Imperial Japan in order to control the island's trade routes.
In the Humorverse, Madripoor's equivalent is called Nastynpoor (Nasty 'n' poor, get it?), "where nobody seems to notice that a guy has for 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
- Brass Monkey/Bronze Monkey Saloon, 332 Cyan Street
- Trade Center
- Central Business District
- Bank of Hong Kong
- Bank of Malaysia
- Buccaneer Bay
- Royal Palace & Museum
- Sovereign Hotel
Madripoor is apparently based on Singapore; they are both South Asian island port nations with a single major city.
- Captain America teamed up with Wolverine at Madripoor in World War II, being the first canonical time they met.
- Appearances of Madripoor
- Minor Appearances of Madripoor
- Media Madripoor was Mentioned in
- Location Gallery: Madripoor
- Images related to Madripoor
- Marvel Staff members who were born in Madripoor
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