Vibranium absorbs Kinetic Energy and becomes stronger. On the other hand, The Hulk's rage makes him stronger.

Which one will win? Can a cage made out of Vibranium contain The Hulk? Has this thing been happened in the comics?

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    In Ultimate Avengers II Vibranium was shown to be largely useless against the Hulk because it becomes brittle when exposed to the Gamma radiation emitted by him when he becomes especially angry.
    – Valorum
    Apr 28, 2015 at 19:25
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    @SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 that wasn't Vibranium, it was a completely new element. It WAS referred to as vibranium in the IM2 novelization, but that was overridden by the dialogue in "CA: First Avenger". Tony tried to patent it as "badassium" but wasn't able to.
    – Omegacron
    Apr 28, 2015 at 19:43
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    @Richard : I thought in the animated films, it was only the processed version of the element used by the Chitauri that got brittle. Pure vibranium (like from the Wakanda meteor) didn't seem to have that problem did it?
    – Omegacron
    Apr 28, 2015 at 19:56
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    @Omegacron Age of Ultron SPOILERS in this comment: In the latest Avengers movie, the story shows pirates mining Vibranium in large quantities from Wakanda (well, "Africa", but they even mention "Wakandan" dialect), so it's not unlikely that we'll see lots of Vibranium in future movies. Certainly in the Infinity Wars movies (Avengers 3 and 4) where Black Panther will be appearing.
    – TylerH
    Apr 28, 2015 at 23:11
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    @TylerH Didn't they say that was the last of it?
    – Rawling
    Apr 29, 2015 at 9:05

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In my answer to another question about vibranium here (about vibranium boots allowing you to jump from greater heights) there is a quote about how vibranium can absorb kinetic energy. So in that sense it would be a better cage. But the one flaw is that it can only absorb a finite amount. With many of us knowing that the Hulk's strength is incredible (and seemingly unending), given enough time and anger he would eventually be able to force his way through.

Quote from Wiki -

"Vibranium found in Wakanda absorbs soundwaves and other vibrations, including kinetic energy."

Second quote from the Wiki -

"The Wakandan isotope possesses the ability to absorb all vibrations in the vicinity as well as kinetic energy directed at it. The energy absorbed is stored within the bonds between the molecules that make up the substance. As a result, the more energy vibranium absorbs the tougher it becomes. There are limits to the capacity of the energy that can be stored, although the exact limitations are not yet known."

I think enough time and rage would allow the Hulk to break through.

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    In one of the "Infinity Gauntlet" comics, Thanos was able to shatter Captain America's shield with a blow from his fist. I don't know if that was a vibranium shield at the time, but if so, it definitively answers the question. Apr 29, 2015 at 14:09

Short answer, no. On several occasions we've actually seen the Hulk damaging or breaking vibranium artifacts.

  • In Ultimate Avengers II Vibranium was shown to be largely useless against the Hulk because it becomes brittle when exposed to Gamma radiation (which he emits when he becomes especially angry).

  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we see an enormous fist-print in the vibranium-coated walls of The Retreat, a safe-house used to contain potentially violent 'guests'. It follows that if he can dent it, then he can break out eventually.

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    I don't doubt you Richard, but where do we find out that the honeycomb walls are vibranium?
    – Omegacron
    Apr 28, 2015 at 19:44
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    The walls of safe house were Vibranium-lined, not made entirely of Vibranium.
    – user931
    Apr 28, 2015 at 19:45
  • @Omegacron - I got the info from the MCU wiki link. It could easily be wrong (as wikis so often are).
    – Valorum
    Apr 28, 2015 at 19:46
  • I think they mentioned something about it in the first Lady Sif episode, when they had Lorelai locked up on the plane. Can't remember for sure, though, and even if so that doesn't guarantee that this room was built the same way as the similar room on the Bus.
    – Nerrolken
    Apr 28, 2015 at 23:32
  • @Nerrolken, if the Bus had vibranium (and I don't know if it did, it would heavily imply the safehouse did. I mean, we don't even know for sure why the honeycomb walls were there -- maybe it was decor -- but the obvious implication was that it was "the same" as the room on the Bus. May 9, 2015 at 18:46

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