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Vibranium is nowhere near the hardest or strongest metal in the Marvel Universe. Its inherent strength has little to do with why it is highly prized as part of an armor package. Instead, it is the underlying properties of the meta-material which creates its fantastic value and makes it one of the most sought-after materials on Marvel's Earth. Found only in ...


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He can deal damage with his shield because it's designed to work as a story element in a comic book. In terms of real physics, it makes no sense. Newton's Third Law says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is a pretty fundamental property of how masses interact with each other, and makes this concept fail. The problem is ...


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Klaw had it because he stole it from Wakanda, the source of Vibranium. In the comics, Vibranium comes from the fictional nation of Wakanda. The name Wakanda has briefly appeared on screen in a few places, but is not really explained until Age of Ultron. The thief brand on Klaw's neck is from Wakandan culture, and Tony explains that Wakanda is the source of ...


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You have to keep in mind that Vibranium only absorbs kinetic energy directed into it. If the shield absorbed ALL kinetic energy from any impact, it would be useless as a tool or weapon. Also, Vibranium does not absorb 100% of an impact's kinetic energy, only most of it. Let's speculate! When Captain America throws his shield at a person or object, keep in ...


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It probably didn't Here's what the shield looks like in the first scene you mention: Those don't really look like dents to me. They look darker than the shield, not merely shadowed. I suspect they are residue from the tracks of the bullets themselves, rather than dents on the shield. Here's another scene from slightly later on: It's more clear that ...


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Isipho When interrogated by Everett Ross, Klaue reveals that the Wakandan name for Vibranium was Isipho Klaue: What do you actually know about Wakanda? Ross: Um... Shepherds, textiles, cool outfits. Klaue: It's all a front. Explorers searched for it for centuries. El Dorado, the Golden City. They thought they could find it in South America, but it ...


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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. ...


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TL;DR: If like the comics, there is an entire mountain range full of Vibranium in Africa. Although we have yet to see where Vibranium comes from in the MCU, Howard Stark described it as "the rarest metal on earth". Here is the dialogue from Captain America: The First Avenger: STEVE: What about this one? HOWARD: No, no that's just a prototype. ...


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It wasn't on the top of the shelf because it was a prototype and Steve was about to go into combat missions across of Europe. You don't send someone out on a live mission with just a prototype. He pulls up a cart with A NUMBER OF SHIELDS, some built, some half-finished (including the one from Iron Man 2). HOWARD STARK: (CONT’D) I took the liberty of ...


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Tony Stark didn't make suit of Vibranium during Avengers: Age of Ultron because he was the only one capable of stopping The Hulk when he started to rampage in Johannesburg, South Africa, which meant that he was forced away from the facility. Although we don't see exactly what happens in Ulysses Klaue's facility while the Hulk vs Hulkbuster fight is going on,...


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Captain America's shield did not get dented when Peggy Carter shot at it. Here is a link to a video on YouTube. It starts at the 1:02 mark and shows Peggy shooting the shield and then the above screen shot. There seems to be two scuff marks but no dents. Video of shooting shield scene


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While it's possible that something absorbs enormous amounts of kinetic energy, thermal energy, electrical energy, etc., there is one thing that (according to physics in this universe) can never, ever be destroyed, subverted, or "absorbed": * Momentum * It must be transferred. Captain America takes some heavy hits, but he never just stands upright and lets ...


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Short Answer: No In the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, teeth have a hardness of 5, where as steel has a hardness between 4 to 4.5. So the teeth are slightly harder. If the shield were made only of steel, the zombie squirrels could scratch it. Given enough scratches (like, a bajillion), they should be able to eventually bore a hole through it. I think it ...


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Adamantium has been destroyed First things first, Adamantium have slightly more complicated histories than just becoming a metal or finding a metal one day. The first "version" of Adamantium was Proto-Adamantium, which was accidentally discovered by Dr. Myron MacLain during the Second World War. It was then recreated in the 60s, but using a combinations of ...


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In Captain America its mentioned how incredibly rare vibranium is. Stark appears to be saying, not that this is all the vibranium possible in the world, more that this is all the vibranium we have found to date. Now 70 years later, its not unreasonable for more advanced mining as well as just more time to actually look and find vibranium for their to be a ...


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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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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the shield that Captain America uses is made of Vibranium, a departure from the comics (in which it is made of a Vibranium-Adamantium alloy) due to licensing and rights issues between 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios. Although this could be an error in the film, it wouldn't be hard to hand wave away. In the comics, ...


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We don't know. The closest we ever really get to discovering its origins is from this panel in the official tie-in comic to the MCU film Captain America: The First Avenger. Stark says that his researchers "discovered [the vibranium sample] in Deepest Africa". Quite whether they discovered it through trading with Wakanda, found a small piece of the ...


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I found zero instances of Tony Stark attempting to produce synthetic Vibranium. It seems as though it could be because the few attempts to produce synthetic Vibranium have been largely unsuccessful. Roxxon attempted to produce synthetic Vibranium in The Spider and the Ghost. The synthetic Vibranium Roxxon produces is unstable and rapidly decays under ...


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I'm going to go with absolutely no. It's been established that Captain America's shield is in fact made of an alloy of Steel and Vibranium in other universes as well, including the main continuity universe where is has been proven to be utterly impenetrable to all but the most alpha of mutant/godly powers. Although Squirrel Girl's little evil buddies may ...


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The short version of the story is Roxxon discovers the vibranium and decides to illegally acquire it by pretending to be the U.S. military. This comes to the attention of Iron Man who, alongside the Submariner (after the standard superhero conflict, Iron Man vol 1, #121) discover the duplicity of Roxxon and try to bring them to justice. Roxxon, in addition ...


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Captain America's circular shield is composed of an unknown alloy dubbed Proto-Adamantium. Technically, the explanation is the material was being designed to be a super-strong metallic alloy that Vibranium was added to. After the scientist creating it took a nap, he woke to discover his mixture of Vibranium-altered meta-material was somehow viable and he ...


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Smelling Metal Let's dig out our knowledge about smell first: Metals don't smell in themselves. They smell because of what sticks to them: The compounds people smell are actually aldehydes and ketones, and not any iron-containing compounds.1 Our noses are just not made to smell metal ions in themselves. But Adamantium is an alloy, right? It is a ...


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According to the novelization of Iron Man 2, the new element that Howard Stark synthesized which Tony used to replace the Palladium in the arc reactor is vibranium, although this is not referenced in the film. I don't have a direct quote, but this site summarizes it as: Cut back to Stark who is building something with lasers and a centrifuge. Jarvis ...


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Wakandan Vibranium (the most well known type, hereafter called vibranium is different from the Antarctic version which we shall call hereafter "anti-metal") was until recently, the most plentiful source of vibranium on Earth. Almost all known vibranium was found in Wakanda and for the most part was the only source whose supply had been regulated and ...


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It's important to note that Wanda did NOT manipulate Vibranium directly. In the scene you describe, remember that she In this case, the object she was telekinetically moving and the surface it had to move through were BOTH made of Vibranium. Apparently in this case, object A simply proved more durable than object B. Also, note that a solid chunk of ...


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I want to start this post off by saying the shield Captain America was given is different than pure vibranium. His shield is a mix between proto-adamantium and vibranium. So if the descriptions are different, that's because they're not the same thing. Source Dr. MacLain's experiments with proto-adamantium lead to the creation of true adamantium. This ...


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Energetics If the hypothetical Vibranium absorbs kinetic energy, it probably does so in its own frame of reference. In this frame, the target of the shield is coming with great speed towards the shield. Upon impact, the shield somehow absorbs all of the target's kinetic energy, reducing the target's relative velocity (in the shield's frame) to zero. What ...


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If we're talking about the Cinematic Universe, it's a bit fuzzy. Vibranium is supposed to store mechanical/kinetic energy, and we do see that when applicable - stopping bullets & energy weapon blasts in the First Avenger, absorbing a fall in Winter Soldier, et cetera. However, there's also scenes where it... doesn't work like that. The most common are ...


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According to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, vibranium melts at 5,475°F. Weapons: Defensor wears a suit composed of vibranium; an extraterrestrial metal brought to earth by a huge meteor and found only in the African kingdom of Wakanda and the Antarctic hidden jungle called the Savage Land. Wakandan vibranium has the ability to absorb ...


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