Wednesday, June 1, 2011

4th post of 2011, in which I reveal my bromance with The Destroyer

So with this, the forth 'real' post of 2011, I have exceeded my post count for 2010, and met that goal. Ah, better living through lower standards…. LOL. (the previous post giving a shout out to my new followers, while a crucial and heartfelt gesture of gratitude, is pretty short, so I feel cheap counting it).

So anyway, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a total man-crush on The Destroyer. I’ve made it my desktop wallpaper so I can gaze upon it all day (I’m even starting to scare myself).

I know in the comic it’s a suit of armor and not an automaton, but I think the movie version is totally perfect. I love the look of it; I’d love to have traps, delts and pecs like that (have you ever tried to work out enough to look like that? I admire the dedication it takes for anyone to pull it off). The dark, harsh-looking iron bands that make up its body, the way the whole thing swells with barely contained flames as it powers up its breath weapon and that its entire [i]face[/i] opens up to let loose the blast. How... eldritch is that? The wonky Jack Kirby flat head thingy and spikes – I’m so glad they kept those details.

A photo was leaked on the internet, that had what looked like pallets and cinder blocks holding its feet in place, so I think there was a real statue built, and I’m not sure how much was practical photography and how much CGI, but it all looks very real to me, and that is really cool too. Compare and contrast with the finale of the Spawn movie where the SFX went all crappy all at once, a sad mess. (in all fairness, that was like, 15 years ago).

At least in the theater where I saw Thor, the sound of the Destroyer’s breath weapon was just a little too loud and had a sort of harsh ugly sound to it, which is perfect for a nigh-indestructible, ultimate weapon, armor-robot, monster thing.

Yes, yes, I know, in the comic, it’s “totally indestructible” but I figure if anything can smash an invincible object (like the Destroyer or the Bifrost) it’s Mjolnir, right? So that works for me too. I take comfort remembering that these movies are reinterpretations of the comix stories, not direct translations. Besides, in a sequel, Odin can just repair the Destroyer or remake a stronger one; he’s [i]Odin[/i], dammit!

BTW: They make a point of showing that Sif is a total badass warrior, as she’s the only one (besides the restored Thor) who can even wound it. GRRRRL POWER!

So in conclusion, I officially declare the Destroyer to be Totally Frickin’ Sweet.

‘nuff said.


  1. Thor has been the high point of the movie season so far. Honestly I went in with low hopes. I only know Thor through the Avengers comics, and he never really seemed like a character that would make a good movie, but Thor was really an amazing fantasy epic.

  2. Yeah, I'm not sure I made it clear I loved the whole movie. :-)