The CIA waded into the discussion of Sunday night's Academy Awards by tweeting about vibranium, a fictional substance that is prominent in the film "Black Panther."
The Marvel movie won three Oscars on Sunday night, and the CIA chimed in three times via Twitter to tell followers that the versatile substance found in Wakanda is not real.
"The #vibranium in Black Panther’s suit protects him from kinetic damage, & vibranium sneakers are both super-quiet & amazing shock absorbers for jumping. Those would be great for spies, right?" the agency tweeted. "Too bad vibranium isn’t real."
In #BlackPanther, a unique metal called #vibranium helped the fictional African nation of #Wakanda become the most technologically advanced country on the planet.#ReelvsRealCIA #Oscars— CIA (@CIA) February 25, 2019
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The CIA then sent a tweet linking to an article in which an agency scientist elaborates on technologies and substances that possess similar qualities to vibranium, such as tungsten carbide.
The magic metal from #Wakanda might not exist, but there are real-life materials that possess some similar qualities to those of the fictional Wakandan isotope, #vibranium.— CIA (@CIA) February 25, 2019
To learn more, see: https://t.co/B0iV7cufqA#ReelvsRealCIA #BlackPanther
The CIA's tweets sparked a range of reactions among social media users. Some expressed confusion, while others mocked the agency and others took a jab at its history of meddling in foreign affairs.