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So guys, I was watching The Avengers (again), and I noticed that when Tony Stark arrives at the Stark Tower and blasts a repulsor beam at the Tesseract, it just bounces off the force-field and we hear JARVIS say "The barrier is pure energy. It's unbreachable".

Later on we see the World Security Council send a nuclear missile straight to New York. My question is would it have destroyed the Tesseract, or even broken the force field ? I know this is entirely up to speculation, but still I want to hear your opinions.

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As with the very related question, I'll offer up that chances are that nobody really knew. The WSC likely picked their biggest, most powerful weapon and launched it hoping it would be enough. –  phantom42 May 12 at 19:06
    
"You have a big gun, you're not the big gun." –  Xantec May 12 at 19:22
    
Not going to add to the list of answers, just this comment: The Infinity Stones (gems, Gauntlet while empowered) cannot be destroyed by any force less that that which made them. Since they were created by the One-Above-All (see references onsite) it is unlikely anyone could destroy them. When fully integrated with its partner stones, they are capable of erasing reality itself. Such devices, if they could have been destroyed in antiquity surely would have, just because of their combined capacity for complete annihilation of all that exists. –  Thaddeus May 12 at 20:25
    
How's this primarily opinion-based? –  Keen May 15 at 1:08

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Per Thor: The Dark World, and interviews related to it, the Tesseract is an Infinity Stone, a powerful relic older than the universe. Just as the Asgardians were unable to destroy the Aether (another Infinity Stone), they wouldn't be able to destroy the Tesseract. A measly human nuclear weapon would definitely not be able to destroy it.

However, it's unknown if it would pierce or break the force field. On one hand, it seems possible as the field was constructed by Selvig's device, so it likely has some finite upper limit on its durability (JARVIS' comment I take to mean that nothing The Avengers have could breach it, none of them had a nuke sitting around, so it was unbreachable to them). On the other hand, the field was powered by the Tesseract, so it potentially is as exceedingly durable as the Tesseract itself.

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Without even going into the whole backstory of the Tesseract or reciting it's lineage and origin. We have a direct, real-time, canon in universe analysis of the Tesseract's shield; performed by Jarvis after Iron Man tried to destroy it with his repulsors. A functional test if you will; Cause and effect/action reaction. The analysis concluded that the barrier/shield powered by the Tesseract itself couldn't be breached by any known force applied, including a nuclear explosion.

Considering that the Tesseract IS an energy source far beyond the technology of earth, and so powerful that even the highly advanced Asgardians put it under lock and key. It's clear that even the most powerful terrestrial explosion (simple energy release) could not have scratched the paint (shield barrier), much less destroy the Tesseract itself.

Jarvis, a top of the food chain supercomputer designed by one of the preeminent genius designers on the planet, concluded and flatly stated that the Tesseract's shield was "unbreachable". He didn't say; "It would take a nuclear blast to breach that shield", 'he' said "It's unbreachable".

Even though Jarvis has a voice interface and could pass the Turing Test, is still a supercomputer designed to analyze power sources (see Arc Reactor). His analysis of the barrier would include any and all means known to penetrate it and found none.

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Pure speculation isn't really an answer. –  Richard May 12 at 19:35
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I'm yet to be convinced. Richard demands sourcing. Richard SMASH! –  Richard May 12 at 19:45
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@Richard -Even Jarvis (a top of the food chain supercomputer) recognized and flatly stated that the shield was "unbreachable". He didn't say; "It would take a nuclear blast to breach that shield", 'he' said "It's unbreachable". –  Morgan May 12 at 19:55
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Richard demands you add this to your puny answer. SMASH! –  Richard May 12 at 19:56
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Funny thing about analysis without actual testing - it's not necessarily correct. –  phantom42 May 12 at 22:15

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