Unstable Molecules

What are Unstable Molecules and who has them?

Unstable Molecules are molecules (hence the name) that can be used to treat fabric. Note, the fabric isn't composed of unstable molecules but treated with them. The clothing is made from regular fibers, mandmade or natural. Unstable molecules were invented by Reed Richards and he holds an exclusive patent on them. However, various individuals and organizations have reverse engineered unstable molecules including the Mad Thinker, Taylor Industries, AIM, and possibly SHIELD. Several alien civilizations have their own version of unstable molecules, including the Kymellians, the Skrull, and the Sh'iar. There are some theories that some shapeshifters naturally produce unstable molecules.

Unstable molecules are adaptive. That means they allow clothing to take on the properties of their wearer's powers. This is best demonstrated by the Fantastic Four's Human Torch. Johnny's clothing allows him to encase himself in a sheath of fire without burning the fabric. Likewise, unstable molecule treated clothing will grow, shrink, turn invisible, turn into vapor, phase, or otherwise adapt to the wearer's powers as needed. In addition, clothing treated with unstable molecules are tear and rip resistant (though not so much that it provides additional armor) and absorbs and dispels persperation (which explains why Susan Storm never seems to break a sweat).

There is no commercially available source of unstable molecules. Clothes treated with unstable molecules must come from Reed Richards or one of the groups that has stolen the technology. At this time, Reed Richards has only authorized the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and the X-Men to use unstable molecules.

Unstable molecules do have weaknesses. Some villains, including the Trapster, have developed formulas that can render the molecules inert. In addition, improperly applying the molecules can make them particularly unstable. This can result in a chain reaction that will disolve all matter in the vicinity.

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