Captain America's Shield is a vibranium shield that was extensively used by Steve Rogers. After the original shield was destroyed by Thanos during the Battle of Earth, Rogers traveled to an alternate timeline and brought another shield, which he bestowed to Sam Wilson. However, Wilson elected to donate the shield to the Smithsonian's Captain America exhibit, where it was taken by the U.S. government and given to John Walker, the second Captain America. In the aftermath of Walker publicly murdering a man with the shield, it was forcibly retrieved by Wilson and Bucky Barnes, with Wilson finally deciding to use the shield as Captain America.
- 1 History
- 1.1 World War II
- 1.2 Chitauri Invasion
- 1.3 Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- 1.4 War on HYDRA
- 1.5 Ultron Offensive
- 1.6 Avengers Civil War
- 1.7 Time Heist
- 1.8 Second Shield
- 2 Capabilities
- 3 Shields
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Trivia
- 6 References
- 7 External Links
Once Steve Rogers had been rebranded as Captain America, following the successful plan to turn him into a super soldier with the Super Soldier Serum, he had been gifted with a prop shield to go on tour with, promoting war bonds to the people of America. However, when Captain America had learned that HYDRA had kidnapped Bucky Barnes, and the rest of his unit, Captain America used this shield to break inside the Austrian HYDRA Weapons Facility, where he rescued all the prisoners. During their mission, Captain America's shield was damaged during his fight against Red Skull, although he was still able to escape, and brought the damaged shield back with him.
Designed by Howard Stark
- "That's just a prototype."
"What's it made of?"
"Vibranium. It's stronger than steel and a third of the weight. It's completely vibration absorbent."
"How come it's not standard issue?"
"That's the rarest metal on Earth. What you're holding there, that's all we've got."
- ―Howard Stark and Steve Rogers[src]
The second shield used by Captain America was a prototype made from the only supply of vibranium that the United States Army had available. Howard Stark then presented the shield to Captain America to use as the tool to protect himself from gunfire, during his continued battles against HYDRA and Red Skull. While showing off the shield, Captain America was shot at by Peggy Carter, with these bullets being deflected by the shield. The shield was then integrated into the patriotic motif of Captain America's uniform, adding the white star onto the center and making the three concentric outer circles into red and white stripes, which Captain America would wear.
Raid of HYDRA Bases
- "You are failing! We are close to an offensive that will shake the planet, yet we are continually delayed because you cannot outwit a simpleton with a shield!"
"This is hardly my area of expertise! I merely develop the weapons. I cannot fire them."
"Finish your mission, doctor. Before the American finishes his."
- ―Red Skull and Arnim Zola[src]
In his continued mission to destroy HYDRA, Captain America carried the shield during all of his raids on HYDRA facilities and their other missions during the war, as he and the Howling Commandos would storm the facilities, with Captain America leading and protecting all his fellow soldiers with the shield. Captain America would also use the shield as an offensive weapon, defeating Red Skull's soldiers in combat, while he also launched the shield at his enemies, including a HYDRA soldier hidden in the trees. While battling against a HYDRA Uber Tank, Captain America used his shield to gain access inside, before James Montgomery Falsworth threw him the bombs, which he had then used to destroy the tank, leaping to safety as it exploded.
Having been able to track down Arnim Zola, who was onboard the Schnellzug EB912 and travelling through the mountains, Captain America overlooked the mountains, with his shield on his back, and Bucky Barnes at his side. Once the train appeared, Captain America led Barnes and Gabe Jones onto the train, and snuck inside. Captain America kept his shield ready as they made their way through the train, only for Zola to shut the doors and separate him and Barnes, while HYDRA soldiers ambushed them.
Captain America was able to block energy shots with his shield, before knocking out his attacker with a blow from his shield. With Barnes held down, Captain America was able to throw him another gun, allowing Barnes to shoot him. However, when another attack separated them again, Barnes grabbed Captain America's shield, only to be blasted off the train. Although Captain America subdued the attacker, Barnes fell from the train to his apparent death.
In order to finish their war against HYDRA, Captain America had ridden his Motorcycle into the HYDRA Headquarters. On the way, Captain America was chased down by Lindworm-5 Motorbikes, which attempted to shoot at him, only for the shield on his back to deflect the shots. Once he had taken down the motorbikes, Captain America moved his shield to the front of his motorbike, as a HYDRA Mini Tank had continued shooting at him, until it was destroyed with another missile, as Captain America rode forward.
Captain America then rode his motorbike directly into the HYDRA Headquarters, where he leapt off, striking a HYDRA soldier with his shield in midair, while his motorbike destroyed the headquarter's entrance. Surrounded, Captain America used his shield to throw at his enemies, as well as blocking shots from their Assault Weapons. Having deflected his shield off a tank to subdue a soldier, Captain America was then surrounded by the HYDRA Flamethrowers.
With Captain America captured, his shield was taken by a HYDRA soldier, while he was interrogated by Red Skull. However, before Red Skull could execute him, Captain America was saved by the Howling Commandos and the United States Armed Forces, who stormed the base, with James Montgomery Falsworth throwing Captain America his shield during the chaos. Captain America chased Red Skull and threw his shield, only for it to become jammed in a doorway.
Having been rescued from flamethrowers by Peggy Carter, Captain America reclaimed his shield and continued chasing down Red Skull, who was attempting to escape on his Valkyrie. Captain America was then assisted by Chester Phillips and Agent Carter, who had taken Red Skull's Coupe to help with the chase. As he neared the plane, Captain America used his shield to ensure he was not shredded by the propellers, before leaping onboard the plane as it took off.
Once Captain America had boarded the Valkyrie, he had then found several HYDRA soldiers boarding the HYDRA Parasits. Captain America proceeded to ambush the soldiers, but as he attempted to use his shield to break one soldier out of a Parasit, another knocked the shield out of his hand. Once Captain America had flown the final Parasit back onboard the Valkyrie, he reclaimed his shield.
Stepping into the cockpit, Captain America searched for Red Skull, who tried to shoot him with a Assault Weapon, which was deflected with the shield. As they began to fight, Captain America attempted to strike Red Skull with his shield, only for it to be knocked out of his hands, and Red Skull to them use it to pin Captain America back. However, Captain America was able to reclaim his weapon, and used it to launch Red Skull into the plane's controls.
Once Red Skull got the ship back under control, he attempted to shoot Captain America with his HYDRA Pistol, only for the shots to be blocked by Captain America's shield, who then launched the shield at Red Skull, knocking him into the Tesseract Cradle. While Red Skull had then grabbed the Tesseract and was inadvertantly shot into space, Captain America left his shield on the ground, before then crashing the plane into the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2012, the wreckage of the Valkyrie had been found by S.H.I.E.L.D., along with the frozen Captain America as well as his shield. Captain America was then recruited into the Avengers by Nick Fury, with his uniform being redesigned by Phil Coulson, and keeping to a similar theme to his shield and previous uniform. With the threat of Loki now upon them, Captain America was then ordered by Director Fury to travel with Black Widow to Germany, where Loki had been spotted, with Captain America then reclaiming his new uniform and shield for the mission.
Upon arriving within Germany, Captain America had then found Loki attempting to execute an Old Man with an energy blast, only for Captain America to leap in front of the blast and deflect it with his shield. Although Loki attempted to shoot down the Quinjet, Captain America threw his shield at him, and engaged in a fight with Loki, using his shield to block Loki's Scepter. When Captain America then threw his shield again, Loki deflected it and almost defeated Captain America, until Iron Man arrived and assisted in subduing Loki, with Captain America reclaiming his shield and taking Loki into custody.
With Loki having been captured, Captain America and Iron Man had attempted to fly him back. However, on the route they were suddenly ambushed by Thor, who immediately subdued Iron Man and Captain America, before dragging Loki from the Quinjet. While Iron Man flew after Thor, Captain America took back his shield and leapt after them with a parachute. Once he had caught up to the fighting Iron Man and Thor, Captain America threw his shield at them both, only for Thor to respond by attacking Captain America with Mjølnir. However, the shield absorbed the strike, and Thor agreed to assist them.
In the wake of Loki escaping from their custody, Captain America had recruited Black Widow and Hawkeye to go and stop his plans, collecting his shield before hijacking a Quinjet to fly to New York City. Upon their arrival, they witnessed a Wormhole opening above the city, and the Chitauri attacking. In order to assist the New York City Police Department, Captain America gave orders to Officers Silva and Saunders, before defeating a Chitauri soldier with his shield, gaining the trust of the police as a result.
Returning to the battle, Captain America assisted Black Widow and Hawkeye to defeat the Chitauri with his shield, before they had been rejoined by Thor and Bruce Banner. The group then witnessed Iron Man flying a Leviathan towards them, as Banner transformed into the Hulk and destroyed it, with Captain America saving Black Widow from the explosion with his shield. Captain America then gave the Avengers their orders as the battle continued, before assisting Black Widow to board a Chitauri Chariot by launching her up with his shield before continuing to fight on the ground.
With the Avengers fighting the Chitauri across New York, Captain America battled them in the streets, where Iron Man flew down and fired an energy blast at his shield, which deflected the energy at the Chitauri, before Iron Man flew back up, and left Captain America to continue in his fight. Captain America was then alerted to multiple civilians being captured, as he charged into the room and launched his shield at a Chitauri who was arming a Chitauri Bomb. Following a brief brawl, Captain America saw a Chitauri use the bomb, as he used his shield to block the blast, launching him out of a window.
With the Avengers becoming overwhelmed by the Chitauri, Captain America fought alongside Thor, throwing and using his shield to fight back, until a blast from the Chitauri Staff brought him to his knees. Having picked his shield back up, Captain America then witnessed Iron Man fly a nuclear bomb through the wormhole, destroying the Chitauri Command Center and ending the invasion. Captain America then took his shield with him as the Avengers captured Loki. With Loki captured, Captain America brought a STRIKE team to claim the Scepter, while he coordinated search and rescue.
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the two years after the Avengers parted ways, Captain America became a full-time S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, receiving advanced combat training and field experience that allowed him to learn to more effectively use his shield as an offensive weapon in combat. While performing a number of stealth missions alongside the subdivision STRIKE, the shield was repainted, replacing the red stripes with light blue stripes to make it less conspicuous. During the nighttime mission aboard the Lemurian Star, the shield's colors were muted.
To escape the Triskelion, where he had been attacked by STRIKE in an elevator, Captain America made a leap of over twenty stories to escape, landing on his shield, to break his fall. He then took a motorcycle, strapped the shield to his suit, and took off. However, STRIKE agents tried to stop him by sending a Quinjet to block his exit. Captain America used his shield then to disable it and was able to make an escape.
Destruction of Arnim Zola
When Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff went to Camp Lehigh, Rogers took the shield with him. After encountering Arnim Zola through a computer, the building was bombed by STRIKE agents. However, Rogers used the shield to shield him and Romanoff from the rubble.
In the events leading up to the HYDRA Uprising, Rogers had several run-ins with the assassin known as the Winter Soldier, who, unlike others, was able to block Rogers' shield by catching it using his bionic arm. During one fight with the Winter Soldier, Rogers learned of his true identity as Bucky Barnes, Rogers' best friend that he believed had died during World War II.
Because of this, Captain America later refused to continue fighting Winter Soldier after completing his mission to disable the three HYDRA controlled Helicarriers, instead allowing his shield to fall from the Helicarrier. Later, the shield was recovered and left next to Captain America's bedside in the hospital.
Tony Stark created for the Avengers many new gadgets to fight HYDRA. One of them was Captain America's new uniform, that possessed strong, electromagnetic panels on each of the glove that allowed Rogers to retrieve his shield more easily.
During the Avengers' Attack on the HYDRA Research Base, Rogers and Thor noticed that the HYDRA soldiers were in a particular formation approaching them. Rogers held up his shield and allowed Thor to hit it with Mjølnir; the resulting shockwave caused the operatives to be rendered unconscious.
During Captain America's fight with Ultron in the Battle of Seoul, the shield got stuck in Ultron's body and Captain America lost the shield in the street. Black Widow, pursuing the combatants on her motorcycle, noticed the shield on the ground, scooped it up, and returned it to Captain America. The shield saved Captain America from flying debris that came through the windshield of the train.
In the Battle of Sokovia, Rogers and Thor used the shield and Mjølnir in tandem during their fights against Ultron Sentries. Rogers would toss the shield into the air and allow Thor to hit it with Mjolnir to increase its speed as a projectile weapon.
Steve Rogers led a team consisting of Natasha Romanoff, Sam Wilson, and Wanda Maximoff to Lagos, Nigeria to stop Crossbones from obtaining a biological weapon. During the mission, Rogers used his shield to fight off Crossbones' henchmen and Crossbones himself.
Steve Rogers was arrested for fighting German Special Forces along with wanted criminal, Winter Soldier; his shield was confiscated. After Rogers escaped from the facility in Berlin, his shield was recovered by Sharon Carter, who met with him and returned it to him.
Captain America arrived at the Leipzig-Halle Airport in uniform and carried the shield to confront Iron Man, who was trying to stop his team. However, the shield was soon removed from Captain America's grip by Spider-Man when he made an appearance, siding with Iron Man, surprising Captain America. Hawkeye fired an arrow which carried Ant-Man, placing him on the shield. Ant-Man then grew to normal size, and returned the shield to Captain America. During the ensuing battle at the airport, Black Panther stratched the shield with his vibranium claws.
At the Hydra Siberian Facility, Captain America and Bucky Barnes used the shield interchangeably during their fight with Iron Man, with Captain America using it to break off Iron Man's mask and then to pierce his Arc Reactor, shutting down Iron Man's suit. As Captain America began to walk away with Barnes, Iron Man angrily told him that he did not deserve to have the shield, as his father had made the shield. Captain America then paused to drop the shield and walked away.
Returned to Steve Rogers
Eventually, Tony Stark repaired the scratch on the shield and stored it in his garage at the Stark Eco-Compound. In 2023, Stark brought the shield to the New Avengers Facility and gave it back to Steve Rogers.
Steve Rogers brought the shield with him when he traveled the Quantum Realm to New York City in an alternate 2012 timeline in order to steal the Mind Stone. He then used the shield to fight against the alternate 2012 version of himself. Despite losing the shield mid-fight, he managed to reacquire it at some point afterward. After meeting back up with Tony Stark and Scott Lang, Rogers brought the shield to Camp Lehigh in an alternate 1970 timeline after he and Stark had to travel there.
During the final confrontation with alternate Thanos, Captain America carried the shield along with Mjølnir. Unfortunately, the shield was broken by Thanos' brute force with his Double-Edged Sword, leaving Captain America with a fractured shield. Even so, Captain America stubbornly fastened the strap on his shield and continued to use it in the Battle of Earth. After the battle, Captain America had no more use of the damaged shield.
Given to Sam Wilson
When Steve Rogers used the Quantum Realm to travel to an alternate 1940s timeline, he acquired an alternate shield. Returning to the main timeline, a now elderly Rogers brought the shield with him, and gave the shield to Sam Wilson.
Donated to the Smithsonian
Sam Wilson later went back on his decision to accept the shield, believing that he was unfit for the job. Wilson decided to donate the shield to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for their Captain America exhibit instead. At the Smithsonian, Wilson gave a speech about Rogers, before giving the shield to a government employee to place in a glass display case, which was then placed into the exhibit.
Given to John Walker
Unbeknownst to Wilson, the United States Department of Defense removed the shield from the exhibit and gave it to John Walker, to whom they gave the mantle of "Captain America." Walker then appeared with the shield in public as the government publicly announced Walker's new role.
John Walker, acquiring his new role as Captain America, used the shield with great skill to combat the Flag Smashers in Munich, Germany. Upon arriving, he threw the shield at Dovich, sending the Flag Smasher away from Bucky Barnes. While fighting, Barnes caught the shield, but handed it back to Walker. Walker then used the shield to protect Lemar Hoskins when he fell back onto the highway.
Hunting the Flag Smashers
John Walker and Lemar Hoskins continued their hunt for the Flag Smashers and traveled back to Munich to speak with a Flag Smasher ally named Rudy. After finding out the Flag Smashers had left, they traveled to Berlin to the Berlin Correctional Facility, finding out that Helmut Zemo had escaped.
Walker and Hoskins then travelled to Riga, Latvia where they ran into Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and Zemo. They then accompanied them to the building where Wilson would speak with Karli Morgenthau. After Walker interrupted their talk and threatened to arrest Morgenthau, she escaped. While searching for her, Walker found Zemo, who was destroying vials of Super Soldier Serum, and knocked him out with the shield.
Walker and Hoskins then went to the building in which Barnes, Wilson, and Zemo were staying. In a mock gesture to Wilson, Walker put the shield on the floor. He later picked it up after the Dora Milaje arrived and engaged in a fight when Walker attempted to touch one. During the fight, the shield was pinned to Walker on a table with a Vibranium Spear, forcing him to release it. One of the Dora named Yama then picked up the shield, ready to take it away from Walker, until Ayo ordered her to leave it after discovering Zemo's escape.
Walker then used the shield to defend himself upon entering an abandoned building to find the Flag Smashers. After locating them, he fought them using the shield. After Hoskins was killed by Morgenthau, Walker used the shield to smash into a window.
Tarnished with Blood
Enraged over his friend's death, John Walker chased after the Flag Smashers. He brutally hit the closest Flag Smasher, who was named Nico, in the back with the shield. This caused Nico to fall onto the steps of a monument. Walker then raised the shield and slammed it into Nico's chest, repeatedly. Once Nico was dead, Walker walked away, holding the shield, which was now stained in blood.
Walker ran to an abandoned warehouse with the shield and was soon confronted by Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson who demanded that he give them the shield. When Walker refused, a fight ensued. Walker easily overpowered Wilson with the shield, but got more resistance from Barnes, who tried several times to steal the shield from him. At one point, the shield was thrown at Barnes, who caught it, but Walker reclaimed it soon after.
After Walker beat down Wilson and ripped off his EXO-7 Falcon suit, he prepared to use the shield to kill him, but was stopped by Barnes. Barnes and Wilson then got the upper hand and ripped the shield out of Walker's grasp, breaking his arm in the process. Wilson took hold of the shield and slammed it into Walker's back, effectively knocking him out. After the fight, Barnes picked up the shield and dropped it before Wilson, signaling that it was his. Wilson then picked up the shield and tried to wipe the blood off. Shortly afterwards, Wilson cleaned the shield, let Joaquin Torres see it, and then took it back to the United States of America.
Sam Wilson's Decision
Sam Wilson returned to Delacroix, Louisiana and put the shield in Sarah Wilson's house. His nephews, AJ Wilson and Cass Wilson, however, found the shield and tried to play with it. Later, Wilson and Bucky Barnes practiced throwing and catching the shield. Upon his first attempt, the shield got stuck in a tree, so they put mats around the tree to protect it. While Barnes threw and caught the shield with ease, Wilson struggled.
Wilson, having embraced the role as Captain America, exercised and practiced with the shield. After a few mistakes in which he missed the shield, he eventually was able to throw and catch the shield successfully.
Captain America's original shield was a heater-shaped shield that was made of a relatively sturdy metal that allowed Captain Rogers to rely on it as a viable weapon in battle. The outer surface of the shield was painted in an American Flag motif, with an area of blue with three white stars across the top, and a series of vertical red and white stripes running down to the point. The inner surface had the appearance of a polished brass plate and had mounted leather handles that allowed it to be held. This shield was mostly used as a melee weapon to attack enemies directly and provide some protection from gunfire and debris from explosions. After its surface was punched in by the Red Skull, Captain America abandoned the shield.
After entering World War II as a fully recognized soldier, Captain America switched to a special, disc-shaped shield made of vibranium provided to him by the Strategic Scientific Reserve. This shield appeared to be composed of four concentric sections, with fittings on the inner surface for two leather straps that allow the shield to easily be held and worn on Captain Rogers' arm. The straps would later be replaced by an electromagnet that would connect to another electromagnet worn at the hand and forearm during the Attack on the HYDRA Research Base.
Captain America relied heavily on the shield as a weapon that was balanced in both defensive and offensive capabilities. Made from vibranium, it is able to absorb and reflect kinetic energy, enabling it to withstand impacts that would break a shield made of any other material. The shield's center is also highly deflective, able to redirect flying projectiles- as demonstrated when Rogers was able to ricochet a concentrated fire of high caliber bullets from a minigun back at his enemies- and also reflect the impact of Mjølnir to cause a massive shock wave. It was also discovered to be incredibly effective at deflecting or diffusing attacks from energy-based firearms such as those developed by HYDRA, Iron Man's repulsor beams, or Chitauri weaponry. The vibranium shield also demonstrated that it can be used to cushion falls from great heights.
As an offensive weapon, the shield's discus shape and vibranium composition make it powerful as both a close-quarters melee weapon and a thrown weapon. In the hands of a trained fighter like Captain America, the shield is a strong melee weapon, using the flat surface and blunt outer edge of the shield to strike enemies in vital areas. In the right hands, the shield is also an exceptional ranged weapon as its vibranium composition and broad, curved shape allow it to easily move through the air when thrown while maintaining nearly constant velocity and momentum. One of the most unique attributes of the shield is its ability to ricochet after striking a solid surface when thrown, losing very little of its momentum, allowing it to strike several targets, and, if aimed properly, return to the thrower.
The shield originally had a reflective, shiny grey appearance due to its vibranium composition. However, the shield was later painted to match the appearance of Captain America's uniform, placing a white star in the center, surrounded by blue, and making the three outer rings into red and white stripes. During modern stealth missions, the red sections of the shield would temporarily be covered with a light blue color to make it appear less conspicuous.
- In the comics, Captain America's shield is made from a unique mix of vibranium and an iron alloy; attempts to duplicate this mixture led to the development of Adamantium.
- Howard Stark, being tasked with the duty of creating shield prototypes for Captain America, designed five other special shields besides the one made from vibranium. Some of these prototypes were equipped with guns and electrical relays.
- Prior to making the shield his primary weapon, Rogers showed an affinity for using shields when he fought, such as picking up a circular garbage can lid to protect himself and later ripping off a car door to protect himself from gunfire. He later remarked that he thought of them as useful tools, especially the USO shield, which he said was "handier than you might think."
- A replica/prototype of the shield can be seen in Tony Stark's workshop in Iron Man and Iron Man 2, first behind Tony when he is first seen removing his armor, and then when he is building a particle accelerator.
- In Iron Man 3, the Mandarin has a tattoo of the shield on his neck. It has been noted that in place of the star is an "A," the symbol for anarchy. Kevin Feige has said that the Mandarin uses "symbolism of various cultures and iconography that he perverts for his own end." A popular theory posited that he was attempting to twist the ideals the shield represents. This fit with the speech that he gives in the trailer. However, the significance of the tattoo was never explained.
- Captain America's Shield is considered the property of the United States government. In the comics, when the government claimed the shield, they enlisted a new soldier to take the role of Captain America - John Walker.
- The prototype shield mentioned by Happy Hogan in Spider-Man: Homecoming is likely a reference to the energy shield Sharon Carter gave to Steve to replace the vibranium shield after it was destroyed in the comics.
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- The Avengers
- Avengers: Endgame
- Translates from French to: "I thought you were more than just a shield."
- Translates from French to: "Let's see."
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: 1.01: New World Order
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: 1.02: The Star-Spangled Man
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: 1.03: Power Broker
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 1.04: The Whole World Is Watching
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: 1.05: Truth