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By Ben Chabala
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In honor of "Thor Month," we’re highlighting some of his most astounding exploits and enemies to prepare you for the flick. This week the Destroyer takes the spotlight, and we’re just going to let him keep it!
With Loki’s mystical Norn Stones in hand, Thor makes his way back to mythic Asgard to reveal his brother's duplicitous dealings in the realm of men--yet the trickster’s plot thickens still. To stop the Odinson, Loki manipulates a malicious hunter into the forgotten temple of Odin’s undefeatable Destroyer. Forged in preparation for an alien onslaught, the cataclysmic approach of the gleaming Celestials, the monstrous suit of impenetrable armor slumbers, waiting for a willing host to grant it life and release power immeasurable. Will Thor reach the Destroyer before Loki’s mortal pawn, or will the Earth tremble as never before beneath the titanic steps of the awakened apocalyptic armor?
The star bound Celestials return to Earth in their vast space freighter. They bring the judgment of Arishem and with it, the fate of all things. To protect their beloved planet the Council of God Heads, led by Odin, imbue the Allfather’s already formidable Destroyer armor with their nigh-limitless power. He’ll need every bit of it if he hopes to overcome the incomprehensible might of the terrifying space titans. But what if Odin falls? What if the ashen battle suit crumbles beneath Arishem’s all-knowing gaze? Will Thor triumph where even his father failed?
Stricken down and broken by the awesome power of Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, and cursed by Hela to never know death, Thor lies trapped in his new armor unable to rise. What’s worse? Out of nowhere the Destroyer appears, dealing death as it will, but will the gray automaton prove to be Thor’s salvation where once it sought only his end? If the once mighty Thunderer donned the armor himself could he control the indefatigable engine of extermination? Could the Destroyer save Thor’s life?
Returned from Franklin Richard’s alternate universe after Onslaught’s armageddon, Thor finds himself back in the Big Apple. New York City still bustles as though nothing happened, but across the Rainbow Bridge -- Asgard lies in shambles, the Aesir scattered to the winds, and Thor’s closest friends and family are gone without a trace. But fate refuses to afford the Asgardian time to grieve as an explosion rocks Manhattan’s docks and, as if to mock the Odinson, the Destroyer rises from the rubble, a deadly reminder of his lost people. Can Thor and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes vanquish one of the last vestiges of Asgard before it sets the world ablaze? Or will this prove Thor's last stand?
Thunder crashes and lightning flashes as Thor takes his tempestuous rage on a whirlwind tour throughout the Nine Worlds. Now Odin takes notice, and to quell his son’s fury he sends Brunhilda and her Valkyries to stay mighty Mjolnir’s thunder by either force or feminine wiles--the Allfather cares not which. Yet when Thor proves more than a match for both, Odin dons his armor, the ashen battle suit known as the Destroyer, and sets out to teach Thor a lesson in humility...a long, painful lesson.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the epic adventure "Thor" spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
"Thor" is from a screenplay by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne and a story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D'Esposito, will executive produce.
In addition to "Thor," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The First Avenger" on July 22, 2011; "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" on May 4, 2012; and "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013.