Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:It has a sharp edge when they need it to cut but is dull as a rubber ball when they need it to be. Quite useful.
Yeah, that shield's always been selectively useful, bouncing or absorbing force as necessary for the cool stunt of the moment.
When it gets hit by Thor's hammer, it absorbs all impact, so that the dude holding it isn't smashed into jelly by the shield getting rammed halfway into the core of the earth.
When he flings it at a wall, it magically no longer absorbs impact, and instead bounces around like a superball (maybe the front of the shield is vibranium and the edges are made out of Tigger-hide, for extra bouncy, flouncy, trouncy funfunfun?).
When an annoyed Peggy Carter shoots it multiple times in a sealed underground bunker, the bullets lose all velocity and drop harmlessly to the ground (as they would if it absorbed all impact), instead of ricocheting around and killing everyone.
When Iron Man shoots it with a repulsor, it reflects around and shoots people, and when Thor smacks it with his hammer, a massive shockwave flies out from it's surface (or, if he hits it edge on, it flies around and smashes a bunch of robots).
Eh. It's the same in the comics. Remender had Havok shoot it with a plasma blast to boost Cap up into the air a few years back, which would have looked kind of hilarious if the shield actually absorbed impact (as it usually does) since Cap would have just plotzed on the ground, and then said, 'Uh, Havok? Just shoot the bad-guy and he'll fall down to me, 'kay? Don't try anything clever, we all know that's your brother's job.'
That's even funnier if you remember that for the longest time, there wasn't really much impact to Havok's blasts - they were plasma bolts. It was the other brother who did kinetic stuff.