|First appearance||Journey into Mystery #118 (July 1965)|
|Created by||Stan Lee
|In story information|
|Element of stories featuring||Asgard|
The Destroyer is a fictional object that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The object first appears in Journey into Mystery #118 (Jul. 1965) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the Destroyer is featured in over four decades of Marvel continuity and other Marvel-endorsed products such as animated television series, live-action films, video games, and merchandise such as action figures and trading cards. Due to trademark issues, at least one toy version of this character is marketed as Marvel's Destroyer.
The Destroyer is an enchanted suit of armor made of a rare Asgardian metal "uru", and forged by Odin, and when it first appeared it was hinted that the Destroyer had been created as a weapon to face some dark menace from the stars. It is first seen residing in the Temple of Darkness in Asia. The Destroyer is used by Thor's arch-foe Loki on several occasions, and each time has actually come close to killing Thor. First, it was used by a hunter whom Loki had lured to the temple using his mental powers. At one point Thor was imprisoned in the ground, but Loki saved him by making him intangible briefly before the Destroyer could strike him with an elemental transmution beam. Thor forced the hunter to return by using his body as a shield before it could fire at him, then burying the Destroyer under thousands of tons of rock when the hunter tried to return to it. It is next salvaged by Karnilla and animated by Sif, who attempted to use it to battle the Wrecker when Thor was temporarily deprived of his godhood and all his powers but his strength by Odin as a lesson, only for the Destroyer to proceed to attack Thor before Sif broke her connection with it. At one stage Thor offers the armor to the World Devourer Galactus, in exchange for the release of Galactus' current Herald, Firelord. Galactus accepts, and the Destroyer acts as his Herald, detecting Counter-Earth for him and going on to battle the Fantastic Four until finally recaptured for reuse by Loki.
Years later the menace from the stars is revealed to be the Celestials, with the Skyfather gods (e.g., Odin; Zeus etc.) having pooled their resources a millennium before to create the Destroyer as a weapon to stop the arrival of the so-called Fourth Host of Celestials. At the penultimate moment, Odin enters the Destroyer armor and then absorbs the life essences of all present in Asgard (with the exception of absent Thor), growing to a height of 2,000 feet (610 m). The Destroyer then draws the Odinsword, and together with the Uni-Mind confronts the Fourth Host, who dissipate the Uni-Mind and melt the Destroyer armor into slag, scattering the life-forces of the Asgardians. The Asgardians were later revived by Thor gathering power from the other Skyfathers. The armor, however, is not completely ruined and several years later Loki reforms the armor in a bid to destroy a severely weakened Thor, who has been reduced to pulp after killing the Midgard Serpent due to a curse by Hela which made his bones brittle and made him incapable of healing or dying. Thor, however, wrests control of the armor from the host - an enthralled Frost Giant named Siggorth - through sheer force of will and goes on to defeat Loki. The Destroyer - depicted as thinking and speaking for the very first time - tries to take control of him but fails. Then the death goddess Hela is defeated by the Destroyer - attired in Thor's raiment and wielding his hammer - attacking her realm, forcing her to restore Thor to his true form and undo the curse that left him in such a dire condition. The Destroyer is left in a crystal in Hela's realm, and is eventually animated by the goddess Lorelei. Lorelei battles several Asgardians and becomes trapped in the dimension of the Great Beasts.
The Destroyer is later deployed by trolls, who empower it with the spirit of the Maestro, an evil future version of the Hulk. Although the Hulk fails to defeat the Destroyer in combat, he is able to enter the Destroyer because he and the Maestro are the same spirit, allowing him to fight the Maestro for control and defeat it from within. Thor has two more encounters with the Destroyer, with the armor almost killing him on the first occasion and breaking his jaw on the second. The armor is eventually retrieved by Loki and occupied by the entity Desak, although Thor - equipped with the Odinpower - decapitates it with one throw of Mjolnir.
The armor was later under the control of the god Balder when Thor was on a quest to locate his missing brethren, the Asgardians. Doctor Doom takes possession of the Destroyer armor and uses a copy of the Destroyer armor to attack the Asgardians.
Powers and abilities
Although the Destroyer can act independently for brief periods, in general the construct is lifeless until animated by the life-force of a sentient living being. When so animated, the Destroyer retains a rudimentary base personality that will eventually subvert the host unless that host is a particularly strong-willed individual, such as Thor or Loki. Odin is also able to cast a spell that can force the animating persona from the armor and deactivate it. Once animated, the Destroyer has enormous physical strength and seems to be indestructible. The Destroyer has withstood a million tons of pressure without even falling over;[volume & issue needed] while the near-omnipotent Celestials were able to melt the construct with energy blasts, its melted form was later easily reanimated to its original state. The automaton can project blasts of energy/heat/concussive force, emit a disintegration beam via its visor, and manipulate electro-magnetism and molecules allowing it to turn solid stone to lava (for example) and to fly.
In other media
- The Destroyer appears in The Mighty Thor segment of the animated television series The Marvel Super Heroes.
- The Destroyer appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Powerless." The history of Destroyer is still intact. The Destroyer is summoned by Enchantress who fuses it with Loki's essence in order to him enact his revenge against Thor. When Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man have been stripped of their powers by Enchantress' spell during their fight with the Wrecking Crew in the subway. The Destroyer then defeats the Wrecking Crew and then pursues the powerless superheroes with Hawkeye trying to stop Destroyer. The fight leads the Destroyer and the Avengers members to the abandoned parts of the subway system. After the spell blocking their powers is broken by Thor learning humility, he, Iron Man and Captain America manage to electrocute the Destroyer armor expelling Loki's essence back to his prison. The Destroyer armor is then locked up in a special container designed by Tony Stark so that the Destroyer can't break out of it.
- The Destroyer appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man." Spider-Man's team finds the Destroyer armor at the bottom of the Hudson River while they were looking for Thor. Loki later unleashes the Destroyer onto the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Nick Fury arrives to help Spider-Man's team and Thor fight the Destroyer enough for Thor to knock it off the Helicarrier. Thor and the Destroyer fights across the rooftops until Spider-Man's team catches up. Loki then possesses the Destroyer to finish the job. Thor states to Spider-Man's team that they must separate the Norn Stone from the Destroyer. Spider-Man's team takes their fight to the toy store where Thor managed to get the Norn Stone off of the Destroyer and restore Spider-Man's team to normal.
- The Destroyer appears in the Avengers Assemble episode "The Doomstroyer." Doctor Doom takes control of the Destroyer armor where he drives away the HYDRA Agents and the A.I.M. Agents. The Destroyer then attacks the Avengers. With help from Loki, Thor, Captain America, and Falcon were able to track Doctor Doom to Helheim where he is using the Helhorn to control the Destroyer. Iron Man then gets through to Doctor Doom and convinces him to deactivate the Destroyer. When Loki tries to take control of the Destroyer, Hulk ends up throwing it into the sky where Iron Man blasts it into the moon's orbit.
- The Destroyer appears in the live-action film Thor. In this continuity, the Destroyer is depicted as a giant semi-autonomous being. Also in the film, the Destroyer obeys the direct command of the King of Asgard and its main function is to protect Odin's chamber of relics.
- The Destroyer appears briefly in the 2012 film The Avengers, during the scene in which Tony Stark is debriefed by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson. Several screens depicting the events occurred in the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe appear, and one of them displays the Destroyer during the climactic battle in the Thor film. Additionally, Agent Coulson uses a prototype weapon on Loki, which was reverse-engineered from the Destroyer's technology.
- The Destroyer appears in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Loki's mind inhabits the armor after tricking the superheroes into releasing it. In addition to possessing great strength and power, The Destroyer armor is invunerable to all attacks. Only by having the Destroyer fire a concussive blast at the crystal containing Loki's body can both it and Loki be defeated.
- The Destroyer armor is an unlockable costume in the 2011 videogame Thor: God of Thunder, which acts as a prequel to the film. Thor retains his red cape while wearing it.
- The Destroyer was included as a chase variant in the 15th wave of Toy Biz's 6" Marvel Legends action figure line.
- A figure of Destroyer was released in wave 39 of the Marvel Minimates line.
- Destroyer was released in the Battle for Asgard's Vault 3-pack from the Marvel Super Hero Squad line, packaged with figures of Thor and Loki.
- 2 figures of the Destroyer were released in Hasbro's 3.75" Thor: The Mighty Avenger movie tie-in line. Additionally, an 8" figure was released in that same line.
- The popular strategy miniatures game Heroclix, by Wizkids Games, has featured The Destroyer in two of its sets, Hammer of Thor and the Avengers Movie set.
- Funko released a bobblehead for The Destroyer based on the 2011 Thor movie. It was only available in certain Bethany Beach, Delaware stores, unboxed in mint condition.
- Hasbro.com - Inferno Marvel's Destroyer
- Journey into Mystery #118-119 (Jul. - Aug. 1965)
- Thor Annual #2 (Sept. 1966)
- Thor #150-152 (Mar. - May 1968)
- Thor #224-225 (June - July 1974)
- Thor #228 (Oct. 1974)
- Fantastic Four #172-174 (Jul. - Sept. 1976)
- Thor #264-266 (Oct. - Dec. 1977)
- Thor #300 (Oct. 1980)
- Thor #301 (Nov. 1980)
- Thor #380 (Jun. 1987)
- Thor #381 (Jul. 1987)
- Thor #382 (Aug. 1987)
- Thor #437-441 (Oct. - Dec. 1991)
- Incredible Hulk #461 (Feb. 1998)
- Thor vol. 2, #1-2 (Jul. - Aug. 1998)
- Thor vol. 2, #36 (June 2001)
- Thor vol. 2, #79 (Jul. 2004)
- Thor vol. 3, #5 (Jan. 2008)
- Thor #605 (Jan. 2010)
- "Exclusive: First Look At The Destroyer From THOR!". Retrieved 2010-07-24.
- Destroyer at Marvel.com