In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America has some sort of magnetic thing to call the shield back to him (kind of like how Thor can summon his hammer).

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From the wiki:

Tony Stark created for the Avengers many new gadgets to fight HYDRA. One of them was Captain America's new uniform, that possessed strong, electromagnetic panels on each of the glove that allows Captain America to retrieve his shield more easily.

Then, unless I'm mistaken, he no longer has any such device in Captain America: Civil War. For example, during the opening fight in Lagos, Nigeria, the shield is kicked away from Captain America and I immediately expected Cap would summon it back to his arm but he didn't, he just kept fighting hand to hand.

Is there any in or out of universe reason they got rid of it?

If it is used in the movie and I just missed it, please let me know when it happens, etc.

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    I'm pretty sure he does have it. There were a couple of moments in Lagos and wherever Bucky was that I seemed to detect him using it. It's just a lot more subtle since they don't have to specifically show it off. – DariM May 11 '16 at 23:26
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    In the comics, Captain America originally had a similar device when he joined the Avengers, but pretty quickly abandoned it and started to just use his skill with the shield to bounce it back to him. Something similar may be happening in the movies. – MartianInvader May 11 '16 at 23:57
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    @evilsoup - Actually, it returns because he's thrown it at an angle so it frisbees back to him. That being said, once he's gotten it back, he then transfers it to his other hand and sticks it onto his arm so that scene is still pretty useful. – Valorum May 21 '16 at 22:01
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    It was a loaner and he had to return it. – John Sensebe Jun 29 '16 at 19:52
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    In the original comics, he removed it because they "threw off the delicate balance of his shield".. – Aaron Gullison Aug 12 '16 at 10:31

It’s possible Cap still has the mechanism, but doesn’t always use it.

If it is just magnetic, then it would probably attract other nearby metal objects too, of which there could be many in a crowded Lagos market, or a narrow stairwell filled with Romanian police — whereas in a wintry Sokovian forest, it’s safer.


I don't believe this was ever directly addressed in the movies, but what may have influenced the apparent removal of the electromagnets from Steve's uniform is the fact that they resulted in the removal of the straps from his shield. The shield's lack of straps was rather impractical, as it meant he had no way to carry it out of uniform, and since Steve is all about preparedness the possibility of not having the shield whenever he might need it, whether he was in uniform or not, means he most likely had Tony remove the magnets from his uniform and reattach the straps to his shield. Furthermore, the point of the electromagnets was to allow Steve to retrieve his shield much more quickly, but he could get it back to him just as quickly by his usual method of throwing it so it bounced off of things as he could by using the electromagnets, so they were ultimately removed because they weren't necessary. However, there may be another, non-story reason for their absence in CACW- someone cough Joss Whedon cough involved in the making of AoU had them added because they looked cool, and when it became apparent later on that they didn't really work story wise had them removed without ever acknowledging that they were gone.

  • Proof that the magnets are gone? – Arianna Sep 2 '16 at 7:21

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