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What’s stronger, vibranium or a lightsaber? Both, both are good.

One of the most philosophical debates in the history of fandom started off with a meme and got super deep, as is often the case. A Star Wars and Marvel fan posted a photo with a sticky note that read, “My son just asked the toughest question that I’ve ever had to answer as a father… Can a lightsaber cut through Captain America’s shield.” Whoa. We’re shook.

The question was turned into a meme with the the added text, “Great, now I have to spend, like, eight hours on Tumblr and Reddit reading competing fan theories. Thanks, Chris. Twitter user @itsbananaaa decided to rope in the experts to weigh in on this sensitive issue.

Mark Hamill took the question seriously and answered without his usual level of pure sass by alluding that in the Star Wars universe logic—while Luke would never actually fight a hero—in theory, he could blast Cap’s shield to bits. However, in MCU’s science, Cap’s vibranium shield could not be marred by the likes of a lightsaber.

Of course, Chris Evans had to flash the sass that Hamill left behind and noted that after the shield’s destruction, Cap would have a bunch of vibranium ninja stars. The real question is, who would win that battle?

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Xandra Harbet

Xandra Harbet

Xandra Harbet is an assistant editor at Adventure Publishing Group. She enjoys nerding out for articles on the Pop Insider, crafting weekly toy reviews for the Toy Insider and contributes to the trade magazines the Toy Book and the Licensing book. When Xandra isn't writing or attending conventions, she's dancing around her room in Supergirl cosplay, jammin' out to Britney Spears. She once had to stash her lightsaber behind a bush at the Rogue One premiere because the theater had a lame 'no Kyber crystal weapons' policy. Her friends insist that she's the poster child for Gryffindor because she's staunch in her beliefs and recklessly tries to change the world. You can follow her wild adventures on Twitter @stakingmyheart or glimpse her massive collection of selfies on Instagram @dontgostakinmyheart