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The Affray at Puente Antiguo was a confrontation between Thor Odinson and the Destroyer in the New Mexico town of Puente Antiguo. The skirmish began when Loki Laufeyson used the Bifrost to transport the Destroyer to the New Mexico desert of Earth outside of Puente Antiguo, where it destroyed a fleet of S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles before proceeding into the town itself.

Thor helped Jane Foster, Darcy Lewis and Erik Selvig to evacuate the town's civilians while Sif, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg engaged the Destroyer even as it blasted surrounding businesses, houses, and a gas station. The machine battered the Asgardian warriors until the depowered Thor intervened, persuading his friends to fall back before approaching the Destroyer, offering himself as a sacrifice.

The machine threw Thor the length of the street, where he collapsed at Foster's feet and appeared to die, causing the Destroyer retreated. Moments later, however, Mjolnir dislodged itself from a nearby impact crater inside a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where it was being studied and was summoned to the hand of Thor, who had finally proven himself worthy of its power. Thor awoke in a hail of lightning, his armor reassembling itself, and he hurled Mjolnir at the Destroyer before creating a massive whirlwind that lifted the machine off the ground into an airborne battle.

Thor used his warhammer to deflect the Destroyer's energy blasts, eventually forcing one of the machine's discharges back into it, causing it to implode and crash back to the ground. Having disabled the Destroyer, Thor, Sif, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg returned to Asgard to confront Loki.

AftermathEdit

Following the skirmish, the disabled Destroyer armor was procured by S.H.I.E.L.D., who reverse engineered the technology as part of its Phase Two weapons project. Elements of the Destroyer armor were used to develop an experimental rifle that was later used by agent Phil Coulson against Loki.

AppearancesEdit

"Yes Men" (mentioned)

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