iam preety sure hes stated he controls all metal even if it magenetic or not, this could be worked out far easier if we knew if admantuim for example or vibranuim where magneteic since hes influenced both in the past , and since there indestructable would make sence there none reactive as well and possibly none magnetic.
Yes it does. Because all atoms contain electromagnetic fields which hold the protons to the neutron and electrons, and therefore hold atoms together into molecules, etc., magnetism can be used to manipulate anything.
A RL Example:
For more real science on what someone who can control electromagnetism could do:
EDIT: Oops, I see Dupe beat me to it.
No. Scientifically in RL, electromagnetism is one of the most prevelant and obvious forces in the universe. It is responsible for most of the physics you observe in day to day life.
Stan Lee did not know how powerful he was making the character when he created him, but *just* by giving Magneto control over electromagnetism, one of the Four Fundamental Forces of the Universe, he made Magneto one of the most powerful characters in the M.U.
I do suggest checking out the link to my site here. It explains why Magneto can do what he can do.
Well little late but Pania is right. Being able to manipulate electromagnetism he is technically able to effect any and everything. It's basic scientific theory. So if he exerts himself enough he should be able to throw wood around if he wanted to..
I think he could control pretty much everything by controlling the magnetic field around it, even non metallic objects. Everything has such a magnetic field around it caused by gravity. By manipulating this field he can, though indirectly, manipulate pretty much everything. That is one of the reasons he is often shown flying.
" @Satyrquaze: Gamma Rays are a product of nuclear explosions, and as such yes. He deflected the blast of two tactical nukes during Magento War. "
"I think he could control pretty much everything by controlling the magnetic field around it, even non metallic objects. Everything has such a magnetic field around it caused by gravity. By manipulating this field he can, though indirectly, manipulate pretty much everything. That is one of the reasons he is often shown flying. "Whoa enlighten me, the last I read science was still working on a unified magnetic-gravity theory. It's incomplete, but you may possess more understanding, how does gravity relate to magnetism, as I thought they were two very distint forces?
@Pania: Just for the heck of it, no. You're all wrong, everone who agrees with Pania is wrong. Magneto can't control anything but ferrous metals, if his power is only over ferromagnetism. :P"
Magnetic field can never be separated from electric field, he actually control the electromagnetic force, one of the basic force in the the universe. Even magnetic field alone can influence the motion of charged particle(That's how lightsabres work). Remember even on the cover of the first issue he was able to generate magnetic orb to defend both optic blast and snowballs?
Really if Magneto could only use magnetism, literally creating and manipulating it, he could easily do a lot of things. If he can lift a metal ship he should have no problem encasing a nonmagnetic object with a hyperstrong magnetic field. Hyperstrong magnetic fields are diamagnetic, they repel nonmagnetic stuff. Meaning that he could crush or smash nonmagnetic materials if he wanted too. But the writers tend to ignore this and give him all types of powers he should'nt even have. If I wrote him he would be limtited to moving and bending ferromagnetic materials. Nonmagnetic materials he would be able to smash or crush, nothing more. Because allowing more makes him an everything goes telekinetic, and he is not supposed to be that.
How is Magneto not supposed to be like he's been depicted since his inception? Scientists have suspended frogs in mid-air using magnets, which means Magneto should be able to do something similar. And of course, his powers means he could move the magnetic field, which is how he can fly, amongst other things. Every single thing he does involves manipulating the EM field in some form. If he were simply a giant magnet like depicted in the movies (unfortunately) or if he were Dr. Polaris from DC, you'd have some sort of point.
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