Alternate Version for How Thanos Broke Cap’s SHIELD :
The final battle of Avengers: Endgame was a massive roller coaster. It dropped from highs to lows within an instant and all we did was watch whatever’s happening on-screen with big jaw drops & loud screams! Right after Cap summons Thor’s hammer, we feel happy and in the very next instant, Thanos breaks Cap’s shield to fulfill Tony’s vision from Age of Ultron. This roller coaster continues throughout the final battle, but let’s talk about Thanos breaking Cap’s shield.
Vibranium is supposed to be the strongest metal on Earth. And yet we saw Thanos shred it into pieces like it was nothing. The expression you see on Cap’s face here is true fear! Chris Evans is not counted amongst the greatest actors of Hollywood but he totally is. You could feel that Cap is frightened to the core, and that threatened us even more.
The writers & directors teased the fact that Thanos was holding the Uru metal in his hands and that is why he was able to break Cap’s shield into half. Virbranium may be the strongest metal on Earth but it isn’t the strongest metal in the Universe. With the digital release of the movie came the exclusive audio commentary of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and Joe & Anthony Russo. So, they talked about Thanos’ sword saying:
“Markus: While vibranium is the strongest substance on Earth, whatever Thanos’ straight razor there is made out of is stronger.
Joe Russo: Well Thanos clearly knew Eitri.”
Uru wasn’t name-dropped. Perhaps it was left for the future to reveal, but it makes sense that Thanos broke the shield with his double-bladed sword. There was an alternate version of this scene where Thanos broke the shield with his bare hands. There’s no denial in the fact that Thanos is extremely strong, but him being able break Vibranium might have been too much. The concept art coming from Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame: The Art of the Movie book surely would’ve looked epic. Take a look:
Thanos unleashing his inner Harambe on the shield would have been jaw-dropping, but it would’ve signified one more thing. In the final fight, we saw that Captain Marvel’s power levels were even higher than Thanos. So if Thanos would’ve shattered the shield with his bare hands, then theoretically, it would also be possible that Captain Marvel could do it at her full strength. And no hero should be given that much power. Captain Marvel is already way too OP and we fear that her next film will not have high stakes and emotional depth. So it is good that the creatives chose to use Thanos’ sword for the shield. Not because of the Captain Marvel point I’ve made here, but because the sword makes more sense.
It opens up an explanation for the future. Eitri could return in the future to create one more weapon (may be for Jane), and he could retcon Thanos’ sword by explaining the attributes of the Uru metal. After all, we have reason to believe that Mjolnir, Stormbreaker, and Thanos’ blade were all made from the same metal. Perhaps the metal hasn’t been named yet because shards of Thanos’ broken blade will be turned into MCU’s Adamantium. Let’s see what happens.
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, William Hurt as General Ross, Tilda Swinton as Ancient One and Josh Brolin as Thanos.