S1E09 Avengers: Endgame (Part 1)

The Kingsmen assemble! We discuss the cultural phenomenon that is Avengers: Endgame (2019).

With talking points that range from Christlike sacrifice to the astronomical significance of one rat dance, we reflect on ways that the film illuminates Christian truths.

In many ways, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the current culture and society’s mythology. And similar to how Inkling authors like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien approached mythologies, the Kingsmen approach this the Marvel mythology with the question, “What in this story is true?”

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Outline

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:03:03 – Heroes Sacrifice like Christ
00:07:43 – Avengers Themes: “We don’t trade lives” vs. “Whatever it takes”
00:12:22 – Selflessness as Taking Responsibility
00:15:35 – Fat Thor is a Nobler Hero
00:17:41 – Thor Giving up the Messiah Complex
00:20:52 – Avengers Teamwork Reflects God Invitation to Rescue
00:22:01 – Thor Giving Up the Throne
00:24:04 – One-Punch Man and Teamwork
00:26:11 – Every Field of the Battle is Important
00:29:15 – Partnering with God in Creation and Restoration
00:33:07 – Destinations and Trajectories for Iron-Man and Captain America
00:44:57 – Stark as Pre-Resurrection Era and Rogers as Post-Resurrection Era
00:52:29 – Forgiveness as Flexibility to Not Avenge
00:56:07 – Gamora and Nebula’s Sibling Rivalry/Love
01:04:27 – The Call from God for the Participation of Women in His plan
01:06:07 – The Snap Back and Holding onto the Painful Memory
01:15:37 – God Who Expresses Emotions
01:20:04 – The Way Arguments Cloud Judgment (Stark vs Rogers)
01:26:25 – The Depth of the Resurrection Event
01:28:10 – The Prerequisite to Forgiving an Offender
01:32:53 – The Astronomical Coincidence of Perfect Rat-Dancing
01:35:00 – Conclusion

S1E08 Villainy & Devilry

The Kingsmen explore the idea of villains.

What makes a bad guy “bad”?

By discussing some iconic villains like Darth Vader, the Joker, Thanos and Cersei, we sketch the outlines of what makes a person a villain versus a hero.

Like always, we draw parallels between pop culture and the Christian perspective. In this episode, we discuss how villains share some sort of character trait with the Devil/Satan, namely, the elevation of oneself at the cost of others.

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Contents

  1. 00:00 – 02:52 Introduction
  2. 02:52 – 10:50 What is a Villain?
  3. 10:51 – 20:02 Case Studies of Villainous Intent
    1. 12:20 – 17: 09 Joker Portrayed by the late Heath Ledger
    2. 17:10 – 18:37 Darth Vader
    3. 18:38 – 19:22 Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War  
  4. 20:03 – 25:12 How Does A Sovereign and Good God Respond to Pain and Suffering caused by Villainous Intent?
  5. 25:13 – 29:55 Inhumane Practices Dehumanizing Humans
  6. 29:56 – 39:35 Idolatry as a Source of Villainy
  7. 39:36 – 50:29 The Thin Line of Culpability and Breaking the Cycle of Violence
  8. 50:30 – 54:16 Naruto and the Christian Virtue of Taking the Penalty for a Criminal
  9. 54:17 – 01:12:42 Does Current Society Sympathize with Villains, and Why?
  10. 01:12:43 – 01:15:32 The Line Between Hero and Villain
  11. 01:15:33 – 01:23:06 The Biblical Narrative’s Baddest Villain, Satan
  12. 01:23:07 – 01:29:39 Satan’s Flawed Authority vs. God’s True Authority
  13. 01:29:40 – 01:42:13 What is the Proper Response to Villains?
  14. 01:42:14 – 01:43:58 Conclusion

S1E07 Aquaman

The Kingsmen return to the DCEU with a discussion on 2018’s Aquaman. In this seventh episode, we ask:

  • How might Aquaman illustrate profound Christian concepts like the Incarnation, kingship, and the divine trajectory of peace and unity?
  • How does peace overcome violence and tyranny?
  • And, most importantly what attributes characterize a true hero?

Apparently, Aquaman does more than just talking to fish!

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Aquaman Cover - Kingsmen Podcast

Contents

  1. [00:00 – 04: 17] Introduction & Personal Review of Aquaman Film
  2. [04:18 – 17:44] Hollywood and Christian Themes
  3. [17:45 – 23:07] Aquaman: Both from the Land and from the Sea
  4. [23:07 – 32:41] Oceanmaster, Tribalism, and the Necessity of a
    Mediator
  5. [32:42 – 44:49] Hesitation and Acceptance of Responsibility
  6. [44:50 – 50:25] Christus Victor & Faithfulness of Aquaman
  7. [50:26 – 53:09] Oceanmaster’s Markings of Tyranny
  8. [53: 10 – 61: 16] Aquaman: Authority, Armor, and Talking to
    Fish
  9. [61 :17 – 63:02] The Armor of God
  10. [63:03 – 64:62] Jesus: The Sacrificial King
  11. [64:63 – 69:39] Mercy: The Qualifier of the True King
  12. [69:40 – 77:07] Trappings of Bitterness and the Relief Thereof
  13. [77:08 – 82:32] Violence and Deception: Marks of Injustice
  14. [82:33 – 89:48] Cain and Abel: Overcoming Sin
  15. [89:49 – 96:01] Concluding Remarks: Responsibility of
    Brotherhood