We know Magneto is able to affect even adamantium as shown when he extracts all the adamantium from Wolverine's body.

Is he also able to affect or control vibranium? Has that been shown in any Marvel comic or maybe a crossover with Captain America?

  • Wasn't the shield NOT made of real vibranium but of an experimental attempt to replicate vibranium? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Nov 2 '12 at 21:38
  • Cap's shield is made of an alloy of Vibranium and steel (iron originally) – Monty129 Nov 3 '12 at 11:21
  • Movie version ditches the alloy idea and its pure vibranium. – Jared Tritsch Nov 3 '12 at 18:09

Though we have never seen Magneto directly manipulate vibranium, there is no reason he shouldn't be able to. While its spot on the periodic table has not been determined, it has all the behaviors of a metal and has been described as such. It's extraterrestrial origins imply it is likely an unknown super-material derived artificially using advanced science. It is known to be used by the Celestials as a component in their armor.

  • Magneto is able to use his magnetic powers to affect adamantium which is thousands of time more difficult to manipulate once it has been set into a particular form. Vibranium has no such rigidity or claims of durability.

  • Vibranium may need specialized tools to manipulate, but has never been shown to be particularly difficult to shape or alloy with other materials.

  • Vibranium has been seen used in a variety of formats in the Marvel Universe. The Black Panther wore body armor comprised of it, had claws made with it and boots which could absorb vibrational energy making them silent and decrease the damage the Panther took from falls and the Constrictor used them in his weaponized cables.

  • Non-ferrous metals have been affected by his powers in the past, so there is no reason to believe, despite its properties, it would be any more able to resist than any other non-ferrous metal.

In the panel shown below, Magneto is seen using his magnetic powers to repel:

  • the Iron Man armor (made mostly of steel alloys at the time),
  • Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, which is comprised of the extra-dimensional metal, Uru, and

  • the shield of Captain America, which is made of proto-adamantium (an undisclosed mixture of adamantium and vibranium) and one of the most durable substances on Marvel Earth-616.

  • He is able to do this effortlessly, so there is no reason to consider he would be less able to affect the pure form of the metal, should he be confronted by it.

Magneto vs the Avengers

  • However, later depictions of pure vibranium, rather than the alloys used in Captain America's shield have proven to be resistant to Magneto's powers. This inconsistency implies Magneto is affecting the other alloys in Captain America shield, NOT the vibranium itself.
  • Now I want to know who the person is impersonating Beast. – Jack B Nimble Apr 28 '15 at 18:10
  • @JackBNimble : LOL, this was back when Beast first got the blue fur, so Magneto had never seen him like that before. – Omegacron Jun 25 '15 at 20:53

Magneto cannot manipulate vibranium. I saw a edition of Uncanny X-men where he fought Black Panther and didn't not manipulate his suit. In fact, the vibranium suit stopped him from even manipulating the iron in Black Panther's blood.

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    Can you add some reference to this? Such as by finding the comic edition which this came out of? If so, this answer will be better accepted by the community. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 11 '15 at 17:41
  • The iron in your blood is not magnetic. That's why Mystique had to inject the prison guard with a metallic compound in X-Men 2. – Gaius Apr 28 '15 at 19:25
  • Mystique injected him with alot of iron. The normal amount of iron in the body wasn't enough. – user16696 Jun 26 '15 at 0:36

Wow this is a really tough one. While there are a few instances back years ago where Magneto and Captain America interact, I could not locate ANY instance where Magneto even attempted to take or manipulate the Shield. Most of the interactions are either non-combat or Captain wins by talking Magneto down using his diplomatic skills.

So I cant reference any canon proof as to yes or nay on this but, Given that the prevailing theory as to the reality of Magneto's powers is that he can create and manipulate localized Electromagnetic fields, it would then stand to reason than even a unique material as vibranium could still be manipulated by Magneto's powers. In some cases Magneto clearly moves non-magnetic materials using his powers, so even if the vibranium resisted magnetism he could create localized fields around the shield and move it that way.

Hope this helps.

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