Marvel Movie Minute season 4 episode 12 • Thor 012: How awesome and frightening is the Destroyer?

Thor 012: How Awesome and Frightening Is the Destroyer?

Ashley Coffin from the MCU Podcast joins us this week! In this minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film ‘Thor,’ Odin wakes the Destroyer up who incinerates the frost giants with hellfire from its face, which makes Odin feel safe but Thor feels that Laufey betrayed them.

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Minute Twelve: From Odin’s Destroyer to Odin’s Truce

Ashley Coffin from the MCU Podcast is joining us this week to take on the Destroyer. Check her and her shows out at the links below!

In the twelfth minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film Thor

  • Odin unleashes the Destroyer from behind his magical bars in the vault. He does it by again striking gungnir on the floor of the throne room. Why does this striking of gungnir release the Destroyer whereas before it just was something to silence the crowd?
  • Doesn’t matter because the Destroyer is awesome. The way it looks is so cool and pulls so perfectly from the comics. Plus, that hellfire that comes from its face? Intense. We talk about its comic origins and how Loki first used it against Thor.
  • The Destroyer burns each of the frost giants to bits. Like literal bits of char floating in the air. Damn. Oh, and while it’s doing that, we get a glimpse of the infinity gauntlet, which we later learn to be fake. And what is that in the nook opposite the gauntlet? Some sort of sword? Possibly Odinsword?

The Destroyer sets everything right… for now.

  • With a fade to white, the Destroyer retreats. It must’ve put the casket back on its pedestal because there certainly wasn’t a cleaning crew coming through before Odin, Thor, and Loki arrive. But how much time does it take to get from the throne room to the vault?
  • They arrive helmetless. Should they have kept them on just, you know, in case there were still frost giants? Or is the Destroyer that reliable? Or perhaps the production team just wanted to see more of their beautiful faces.
  • They survey the damage. It’s a bit confusing. Two dead Einherjar guards. But whose arm is frozen in the ice? Or is that a piece of a frost giant? Yuck.
  • Thor says the Jotuns must pay for what they’ve done, and Odin reminds him they did pay with their lives. But Thor wants to know why they broke in and Odin reminds him they have a truce with Laufey.
  • Loki just watches. It’s kinda delicious how Hiddleston just plays it so silently.
  • Great parallel to the first time we see Odin with Young Thor and Young Loki in here.

It’s a busy minute with the Destroyer’s introduction and family conflict. We have a great time covering all of these elements and more. Tune in!

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