6/23/2015

In the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, there was a lot of press over the fact that we briefly saw Captain America's broken shield. That turned out to be a hallucination, but it has happened in the comics. According to comic book lore, Captain America's shield is composed of a vibranium-adamantium alloy that makes it totally unique and nigh-indestructible. It's survived direct impacts from the Hulk's fists and Thor's hammer. But it's not completely indestructible. Here are five people who managed to break Cap's shield.

1. Molecule Man
Molecule Man is a supervillain who can control molecules, which is pretty much everything, so he's basically one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe. In The Avengers 215, he proves his awesome power by disintegrating Thor's hammer, Iron Man's armor, the Silver Surfer's board, and Captain America's shield. But when the Avengers defeat him, the Molecule Man agrees to reassemble everything. Nice.

2. Doctor Doom
In the Secret Wars limited series, a godlike being known only as the Beyonder transports Earth's mightiest superheroes and supervillains onto a distant world to fight it out. When Doctor Doom steals the Beyonder's power in issue 11, he incinerates all the heroes with an energy blast, and we see Captain America's broken shield in the remains. But the Beyonder (in the body of Klaw) tricks Doctor Doom into bringing the heroes back to life, gets his power back, and grants each hero one wish. Captain America could have wished for world peace or maybe actual superpowers. Instead, he wished to have his shield repaired. Yeah, he loves that thing.

3. Thanos
In the 1991 mini-series The Infinity Gauntlet, super-baddie Thanos assembles six Infinity Gems on his glove to gain power over Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power. With his new godlike powers, he slaughters half the sentient life in the Galaxy with a snap of his fingers. But he goes too far when he breaks Captain America's shield. Oh, and kills Captain America. Fortunately for the universe, Thanos' alleged granddaughter Nebula manages to get the Gauntlet and uses it to reverse the effects of Thanos' rampage. In the process, Captain America's shield is restored. Oh, and billions are brought back to life.

4. King Thor
When Odin's father dies, Thor becomes king of Asgard, infused with the Odin Force. The Odin Force gives him near infinite power as well as an infinite temper. In a fight of rage in Thor 73 (vol 2, if you're counting), King Thor kills Captain America and breaks his shield. However, that didn't last long. Much like the bout with Thanos, Lord Thor goes back in time to change history in issue 79 so this never happened. But it still counts.

5. The Serpent
In the Fear Itself mini-series, the Asgardian god of fear known as the Serpent is freed and goes on a rampage. He believes he's the rightful ruler of Asgard, and transforms various heroes and villains into his sinister army to overthrow Odin. During battle with the Avengers, the Serpent catches and breaks Captain America's shield in half with his bare hands. But much like the other incidents, it doesn't stay broken for long. After the Serpent is defeated, Asgardian dwarves (literal dwarves, not little people) repair the shield. The process leaves a scar, which Captain America decides to leave for character. Except that other artists decided not to use the scar.

Who else do you think could break Captain America's shield?

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4 comments:

ScottaHemi said...

Oden force powered Loki breaks it in the "Avengers Assemble" Cartoon series.

jeremy [retro] said...

I hope no one else can, it would break the spirit to what Cap represents...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Both the shield and the Captain have been resurrected a lot. I'd be more worried about a force that could destry Thor's Hammer though.

spacerguy said...

Doctor Doom came pretty close to destroying the Avengers so that definitely counts for something.

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