Colossus has two main states:

  • Normal (human) form
  • Armored form

When in his normal form, is his metal completely gone, or is it somehow still in his molecular structure and just in a weaker state?
i.e. can Magneto still control him when he's in his normal form, or only in his armored form?


As Marvel's own site explains, the metal doesn't "go" anywhere - his organic tissue is literally transformed into a steel-like substance.

Colossus can transform his body tissue into an organic, steel-like substance that grants him superhuman strength enabling him to lift/press up to 75 tons and makes him impervious to most injury. His armored form can withstand ballistic penetration as well as temperature extremes from 70º above absolute zero (-390º F) to approximately 9000º F. Colossus cannot become partially or selectively armored; his body is either entirely converted, or not at all.

In his armored form, he is vulnerable to Magneto, but in his non-armored form, his skin and body composition are the same as any normal human, and has no specific weakness to Magneto*.

*In later stories, Magneto is able to affect things by manipulating the electromagnetic fields around them. He could theoretically manipulate a non-armored Colossus like this, but this has nothing to do with Colossus' powers or abilities

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