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Subj: Re: Wouldn't the rings give Mandarin some counter to Magneto's powers?
Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 07:01:57 am EST (Viewed 37 times)
Reply Subj: Wouldn't the rings give Mandarin some counter to Magneto's powers?
Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 11:35:03 pm EST (Viewed 41 times)
Well the thing is, Magneto gets hit a lot despite his shields. Even metal-boned Wolverine hits, and in fact has nearly killed him on multiple occasions. He's not really that consistently fast about getting the shield up. He's alive because the X-Men aren't killers other than Wolverine. So no, I don't think Magneto can get his shields up fast enough if the fight starts close up. And unlike the X-Men, Mandarin is a killer-born, something that isn't really quite true even of Wolverine, and isn't remotely true of the X-Men in general. If Mandarin lands a punch with Magneto's shields down, he will put his fist clean though Magneto's head or heart.
As for what he could do to counter Magneto's powers if he does in fact get the shields up, I suppose he could teleport Magneto somewhere, but Magneto may be able to simply open a wormhole and teleport right back. I suppose he could use psionic illusions to trick Magneto in some way, maybe make him think he's already killed Mandarin so he drops his shield. Magneto has an iron-will, but his record of resisting being knocked off balance by psionic attacks isn't nearly as good as his record of resisting being controlled outright.
But really his best bet is that Magneto isn't as quick about putting the shield up as some people seem to think. He also sometimes drops it mid-fight because he's concentrating on something else.