Beginner's Guide To Mjolnir & The Destroyer

Posted by No_name_here (330 posts) - - Show Bio
 Go on. Try and lift it.

“Mee-ol-near.”

Say that fast and you’ll be saying “Mjolnir,” right. Although, I’ve heard it pronounced with both the “l” and the “j” silent. Whatever you maniacs call it, Mjolnir’s a powerful hammer; a weapon that strikes like it’s bringing all the heavens right down on Thor’s foes. The new movie doesn’t touch upon its origins, nor the full breadth of its abilities, but those details could fill a whole story of their own.

Like much of Marvel’s Asgardian mythos, the creation of Mjolnir draws from the original Norse mythology with a degree of creative license. Believe it or not, one of Loki’s mischievous schemes led to the hammer's forging. One night, the trickster god cut off Thor’s girlfriend Sif’s hair in a prank with about the same maturity as spraying shaving cream into her hand and tickling her nose (try that one out, if you haven’t already.) Needless to say, Thor was quite angry at his annoying little brother and, to hastily make amends, Loki sought out some dwarf blacksmiths, the Sons of Ivaldi, to make Sif some new hair. Not a whig, mind you - - new hair. These dwarves proved all too eager to please the gods, though, and they forged a number of weapons for Loki to bring back to Asgard in addition to his follicular purchase order. As you might’ve surmised, Mjolnir, a hammer fashioned from the enchanted Uru metal, was among the weapons. == TEASER ==

 Oh, and Wonder Woman was worthy of wielding it in one story, too.

In another, more sensible, version of continuity, Odin directly commissions these dwarves to make Mjolnir by forging the hammer in the heart of a star. Which story holds in continuity, of course, depends on who’s currently writing THOR. Regardless of the details of its creation, Mjolnir is always similar to King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur, for how its magic only allows certain individuals to wield it. An inscription on its side reads, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor” and you better believe it wasn’t written idly. If a person isn’t as virtuous or brave as Mjolnir requires, they simply can’t lift the thing. Not an centimeter. While Thor, himself, has become unworthy at times, other men like Captain America, Eric Masterson, Dargo Ktor and the alien Beta Ray Bill have prove fit enough for hammer time.

What powers does Mjolnir grant those worthy to wield it? Like many items borne of myths, its exact abilities are broadly and vaguely defined. It might be more to the point to ask what Mjolnir cannot do. In addition to allowing control of thunder, lightning and most all aspects of weather, it can level mountains with its blunt force and create force-fields, illusions and portals that traverse space and time.  In short, it has about as many as abilities as Superman did, pre-Crisis.

 Built Ford tough.

THE DESTROYER  

It might look and walk like a man, but the Destroyer is actually a weapon in much the same fashion that Mjolnir is. This hollow war armor was forged by All-Father Odin (instead of dwarfs, wouldn’t you know) for a millenia-in-the-making battle against the sublimely-malevolent alien giants, the Celestials. Requiring either a host to wear it or a dose of life-force to get it running, the Destroyer was appropriated several times by Loki over the years of its dormancy for some schemes against Thor. When the Celestials finally arrived, Odin donned it to fend off their invasion with a high-stakes bid that put all of the Aesir through another cycle of death and rebirth. With its original purpose fulfilled, the Destroyer's become something like a Soviet nuke as various villainous factions have stolen it over the years, such as the High Evolutionary, the Dark Gods, the Frost Giants and even the Hulk’s villainous doppleganger, the Maestro.

While the Destroyer’s designed to be worn, it can be remote controlled from afar - - as both Loki and Odin did in the movie - - and it also has enough base, primal intelligence to operate on its own for short periods. As for abilities, it can fly at supersonic speeds, it possesses unfathomable invulnerability, it can fire all wavelengths of energy and, most spectacularly, it can blast a highly-destructive disintegration beam from its “face.” And here's a fact to keep its threat in perspective: while Thor makes quick work of the Destroyer once he gets his hammer back in the movie, this thing was once able to split the seemingly-indestructible hammer in half in the comics!

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

#1 Posted by -chapel- (375 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome I WANT that replica!

#2 Posted by They Killed Cap! (2235 posts) - - Show Bio

wow a sunday article...happy moms day
#3 Posted by Gambit1024 (9843 posts) - - Show Bio

Great article! 

#4 Edited by katanalauncher (934 posts) - - Show Bio

SPOILER for Thor Movie!!!!!::

It kind of bugs me that Thor beaten the destroyer so easily in the movie
#5 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4165 posts) - - Show Bio

Good article, one of the best parts of the movie was The Destroyer, I was really happy seeing they didn't change it. I loved the swagger they gave it, like it knew it couldn't be defeated. Until Thor threw it a beating.

#6 Posted by xmanaker (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Very informative article!  I'm a big Marvel fan...but moreso into the "X" stuff...so it's nice to have a brush-up course on Thor, before I get to go see the movie....Thanks Comic Vine!
#7 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (7559 posts) - - Show Bio
@-chapel- said:
" Awesome I WANT that replica! "
#8 Posted by CaptainGenisVell (313 posts) - - Show Bio

It does touch upon how it was created in the movie, though it differs from the comic. The movie says Mjolnir was forged in the centre of a sun by Odin himself.

#9 Posted by Grimoire (566 posts) - - Show Bio

The Hulk picked up the hammer lots of times but with physical strength. lol

#10 Posted by Nasar7 (157 posts) - - Show Bio

spoiler warning next time, thanks.

#11 Posted by MichaelBach (65 posts) - - Show Bio

Good article, more of these guides :)

#12 Posted by azure_wolf (31 posts) - - Show Bio

This whole time I had been calling it Muh-Joel-Near.  :(

#13 Posted by King Quisling (1980 posts) - - Show Bio
@katanalauncher said:
"

SPOILER for Thor Movie!!!!!::

It kind of bugs me that Thor beaten the destroyer so easily in the movie "
Ditto. That & the Warriors Three & Lady Sif all sorta felt unsure of the characters.
#14 Posted by JonesDeini (3501 posts) - - Show Bio

LMAO @ more abilities than pre-crisis Superman. No words can describe just how ridiculous his power set was.

#15 Posted by StarKiller809 (1213 posts) - - Show Bio

I was going to get the Nerf hammer at Wal-Mart, but I didn't want to waste all of my money.
#16 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6836 posts) - - Show Bio

Have me a Nerf Mjolnir, now I just need a Destroyer suit...::strokes chin::

#17 Posted by Dakens son (422 posts) - - Show Bio
@katanalauncher said:
"

SPOILER for Thor Movie!!!!!::

It kind of bugs me that Thor beaten the destroyer so easily in the movie "
way to go bro,you've spoilt it greatly!!!!!
#18 Edited by Dark Cell (445 posts) - - Show Bio

MASSIVE SPOLIERS in this article, common not everyone has had a chance to see it yet.
#19 Posted by Dracade102 (8126 posts) - - Show Bio
@azure_wolf said:
" This whole time I had been calling it Muh-Joel-Near.  :( "
...You were not alone.
#20 Posted by bgibs13390 (913 posts) - - Show Bio
@Grimoire said:
" The Hulk picked up the hammer lots of times but with physical strength. lol "
Yeah Ultimate Avengers the cartoon movie does not count as cannon. Get your facts strait. Even Maestro couldn't lift the hammer. No one can unless they are worthy enough. 
#21 Posted by Grimoire (566 posts) - - Show Bio
@bgibs13390 said:
" @Grimoire said:
" The Hulk picked up the hammer lots of times but with physical strength. lol "
Yeah Ultimate Avengers the cartoon movie does not count as cannon. Get your facts strait. Even Maestro couldn't lift the hammer. No one can unless they are worthy enough.  "
I never rely on anything from the Ultimate Universe as a fact. I should have said I'm sure the regular Hulk could pick it up if motivated. Hope they use that in a scene in The Avengers movie too. lol
#22 Posted by shawn87 (2082 posts) - - Show Bio

where can i get a Mjolnir like that??

#23 Posted by Marshal Victory (676 posts) - - Show Bio

  

  Realy helps understand the depth of.. aww cant do it. Funny an fits.It may blow thy mind!
#24 Posted by dewboy01 (1499 posts) - - Show Bio

#25 Posted by Preacherl2k (437 posts) - - Show Bio

I have that Replica!

#26 Posted by pulseangel666 (313 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice guide :)
#27 Posted by TDK_1997 (15075 posts) - - Show Bio

Thank you

#28 Posted by callahan09 (16 posts) - - Show Bio

How much does the replica weigh?

#29 Posted by karrob (4264 posts) - - Show Bio
@-chapel- said:
" Awesome I WANT that replica! "
#30 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (1886 posts) - - Show Bio


For people who cannot pronounce the name, ITS MAY-NOIN-YEIR!!

its like reading a ikea catolog.

#31 Posted by AssertingValor (5456 posts) - - Show Bio

Destroyer should not be so easily beaten in the movie............................................................
#32 Posted by Radread (223 posts) - - Show Bio

 I've always love the concept of the Destroyer armor and it's uses the last few years in the comics. The movie did a great job depicting the armor even if Thor's hammer took it down a lot easier than it has in the past. Thor's hammer in my opinion in all media types outside the comics both on TV, animated and now the movies is subject to interperting, has always kept several basic principals: it can fly, summon lightning, return to Thor's hand, be only liftable by someone as worthy and can smash things up real good!
#33 Posted by vidarrodinson (134 posts) - - Show Bio

Good stuff. 

#34 Posted by marvelfanboy (509 posts) - - Show Bio

@-chapel- said:

Awesome I WANT that replica!
#35 Posted by gravitypress (2066 posts) - - Show Bio
#36 Posted by jeanroygrant (20191 posts) - - Show Bio

@Gambit1024 said:

Great article!
#37 Posted by The_Thunderer (2894 posts) - - Show Bio

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Have me a Nerf Mjolnir, now I just need a Destroyer suit...::strokes chin::

Where did you get nerf mjolnir?

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