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?”
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
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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00:00 – 02:52 Introduction
02:52 – 10:50 What is a Villain?
10:51 – 20:02 Case Studies of Villainous Intent
12:20 – 17: 09 Joker Portrayed by the late Heath Ledger
17:10 – 18:37 Darth Vader
18:38 – 19:22 Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War
20:03 – 25:12 How Does A Sovereign and Good God Respond to Pain and Suffering caused by Villainous Intent?