Marvel Movie Minute Season Five • Captain America: The First Avenger • Minute 79

The Shield Mark IV

In this minute of Joe Johnston’s 2011 film ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ Howard does his best Q’s Lab tour, showing Steve outfit fibers and shield options. He finds his Shield Mark IV. Peggy arrives and shoots at him, proving the shield’s strength.

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Minute Seventy-Nine: From Carbon Polymer to Shield Test

Joining us today, we have Jason Dittmer, Professor of Political Geography at University College London and author of ‘Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero’.

In the seventy-ninth minute of Joe Johnston’s 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger

We’re still in Q’s – I mean Howard’s – lab. Why is no one exploring the Tesseract-powered weapons we saw them bringing back? We discuss carbon polymers and if it’s the foundation of Steve’s uniform. And, of course, we get Cap’s shield. After a few other ridiculous designs first, of course. That sends us on a chat about vibranium and the nonsense concept it is. We also talk about the symbology of the shield.

Peggy decides to test the shield with some bullets. How do we take that? And does it work?

It’s a fun minute to chat about some serious comic lore. Tune in!

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Andy Nelson and Pete Wright pick up the Infinity Saga Phase I mantle with Captain America: The First Avenger one patriotic minute at a time. 

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