Is Star Wars’ beskar stronger than Marvel’s vibranium?

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy Disney+
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two, exclusively on Disney+. Image courtesy Disney+ /

When it comes to fictional elements, there’s a surprising amount to choose from. Some notable entries are Wolverine’s “adamantium” or Avatar’s “Unobtanium.” But today we’re here to settle the score once and for all.

The best-known metals of the current day are that of Star Wars alloy “beskar” and the Marvel meteorite metal “vibranium.” Interestingly, both metals are closely tied to the cultures that use them. Beskar is the steel of choice for the Mandalorian culture. After the destruction of their homeworld, the metal has become coveted by the remaining Mandalorians who continue to use it in the production of weapons and armor.

Vibranium, on the other hand, has been used by the people of Wakanda to build the most advanced civilization on Earth. At a glance, vibranium seems to be more adaptable, with the Black Panthers using it to create programmable metal of any and all descriptions. But is the Marvel universe metal stronger than its Star Wars counterpart?

Mandalore vs. Wakanda

A good way to measure this is to examine the rare instances when the metals have actually been damaged. The first time we saw vibranium on the big screen was in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. But it wasn’t until 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron that we saw the metal meet its match. It took the combined energies of Iron Man, Thor and Vision to melt Ultron’s vibranium form. Even then, it was only superficial damage. Later in Avengers: Endgame, we saw Captain America’s iconic vibranium shield cut into pieces by Thanos with his oversized dual blade.

Now to beskar. As we’ve seen in The Mandalorian, blaster bolts are no match for the Mandalorian metal. Even the high-velocity sniper rounds of Fennec Shand couldn’t harm Din Djarin’s armor on Tatooine. We also saw the beskar spear take a lot of hits. It could withstand the ship-destroying blast of an Imperial cruiser (RIP, Razor Crest!) and even hold its own against the heat of a lightsaber. Although the spear began to blow bright red in Djarin’s duel with Moff Gideon, the spear did not break and was not even permanently damaged.

So from what we’ve seen so far, it seems that beskar can take the bigger hit. But credit where credit is due: vibranium gets the win for the tech applications. But we will keep an eye out for reprogrammable beskar!

Now the real question is whether vibranium could hold its own against a lightsaber… but until such a crossover happens, viewers will have to contend with their best guesses.

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