Look At The Damage Black Panther Did To Captain America's Shield

We knew that the Black Panther, one of the newest members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was going to be a problem for Captain America and Bucky in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War. What we couldn’t guess was how dangerous a threat he actually would be. An eagle eye has noticed that Captain America’s shield, made of one of the strongest materials in the MCU, has actually seen some damage, and we’re pretty sure it wasn’t from Wolverine. Check out this image from the recent Super Bowl TV spot.

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As can be clearly seen here, there are five vertical scratches coming down from the top of Cap’s shield. As the the folks over at Heroic Hollywood, who first noticed the scratches, point out, that’s almost certainly a Black Panther right handed claw that did that damage. The Panther is from Wakanda, which, as established in Avengers: Age of Ultron, is home to large deposits of vibranium- the material used to make the shield. It’s also the material used to make Black Panther’s costume and weapons, so it makes some sense that the claws would be capable of damaging the shield.

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In fact, these claws are one of few weapons we’ve seen that would be able to do so; we’ve seen the shield take shots from Thor’s hammer without so much as a dent.

Of course, what this really tells us is that somewhere prior to this shot there’s an epic fight scene to be had. The moment that those scratches occur will be a serious moment for Captain America. When he realizes that the Black Panther is not playing around this movie could get really serious really fast.

While we don’t have all the details about why Black Panther is gunning for the Winter Soldier this makes the threat clear. Black Panther isn’t just capable of damaging Captain America. If he can scratch the shield he can also do quite a bit worse. We’re preparing ourselves for the possibility that not everybody will survive Civil War and now it's beginning to show just how real that possibility really is. Check out the full Super Bowl trailer, complete with damaged shield, below.

Do you think the Black Panther will ultimately do more than simply scratch the shield? How do you polish vibranium? Do they make a scratch remover for that stuff?

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.