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How does Vibranium work?

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 ...
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If vibranium absorbs kinetic energy, how can Captain America hurt people with his shield?

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 ...
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How did the Earth get more Vibranium?

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 ...
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If vibranium absorbs kinetic energy, how can Captain America hurt people with his shield?

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, ...
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If vibranium is the strongest metal on earth, then why did Captain America's shield dent when Peggy Carter shot it?

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 ...
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What's the Wakandan word for Vibranium?

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 ...
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How did the Earth get more Vibranium?

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 ...
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Why did Howard Stark use all the Vibranium they had on a prototype shield?

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 ...
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Why doesn't Tony Stark try to make a Vibranium Iron Man suit during Avengers: Age of Ultron?

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 ...
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If vibranium is the strongest metal on earth, then why did Captain America's shield dent when Peggy Carter shot it?

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 ...
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If vibranium absorbs kinetic energy, how can Captain America hurt people with his shield?

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 ...
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Could the Earth-2149 Squirrel Girl destroy Colonel America's shield?

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 ...
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Vulnerability of Adamantium and Vibranium to magic

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 ...
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How did the Earth get more Vibranium?

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 ...
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Is Magneto able to manipulate Vibranium?

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 ...
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Is there any reference where Captain America's shield is made from stolen Wakanda vibranium?

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 ...
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What else is Captain America's shield made from?

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 ...
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Has Tony Stark ever tried synthesizing Vibranium?

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. ...
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Could the Earth-2149 Squirrel Girl destroy Colonel America's shield?

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 ...
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How was the Proto-Adamantium in Captain America's shield forged?

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 ...
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Is Magneto able to manipulate Vibranium?

Until recently, there wasn't a definitive answer to this question. Siefer posted a scan from Black Panther Vol 3 #48, where 'Magneto' states that the vibranium micro-weave in Black Panther's costume ...
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Do adamantium or vibranium smell; and if so, what do they smell like?

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 ...
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The Iron Man Mark 33, Silver Centurion, has got vibranium blades in it. How does Tony Stark have access to Vibranium?

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 ...
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What else is Captain America's shield made from?

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 ...
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What, exactly, is Vibranium able or not able to absorb?

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 ...
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What are the melting and boiling points of adamantium and vibranium? Is this ever stated in the comics?

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 ...
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How does Captain America's vibranium shield bleed off excess energy absorption?

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 ...
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If vibranium absorbs kinetic energy, how can Captain America hurt people with his shield?

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 ...
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Could Antarctic Vibranium destroy Captain America’s shield?

From Black Panther vol 3 #29, where Black Panther defeats Klaw in his sonic form Well if Antarctic Vibranium can't affect its Wakandan cousin, then it probably won't affect an alloy of Wakandan ...
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Why did Howard Stark use all the Vibranium they had on a prototype shield?

Any answer to this question is going to be pure conjecture, since this is never explicitly dealt with in the MCU. My guesses: They experimented with smaller pieces, and observed its vibration ...
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