When it comes to the widespread influence of popular culture, one does not have to go too far than with the prevailing impact of Superman. Ever since his creation, Superman has sparked the imagination of every generation launching a new genre of storytelling. In this episode, the Kingsmen explore what makes this hero so fascinating to people and how Superman reflects truths about Jesus and Christianity.
Timestamp of Contents
[00:00:00] San Diego Comic Con: Affirm or Counter Culture?
[00:04:45] Superman’s Dual Identities as Same and Other
[00:08:55] Superman: Analogy and Inspiration of the Incarnate Jesus
[00:13:38] Jesus and Superman’s Scandalous Compassion
[00:19:50] A Hero’s Gentleness and Self-Control
[00:23:22] Superman’s Value of Free Will
[00:26:37] Lex Luthor: Antithesis of Superman
[00:32:50] Why Does Superman Help Other People?
[00:37:00] What Makes Superman Good?
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The Kingsmen conclude their two-part discussion on Avengers : Endgame in their first season finale. Taking the approach of looking at one meta-theme of the entire film, the topic focuses on the idea of Resurrection arguing that Antman returning back from Thanos’ snap is—in a way—a kind of resurrection. And since the capstone of the Christian faith is the historical moment when Jesus rose from death to life, we explore in what ways Endgame conveys the results of resurrection and its significance.
Timestamps of Contents
[00:05:04] Antman : Pioneer of Resurrection
[00:07:37] 3 Eyewitness Accounts of Antman’s Resurrection
[00:13:48] The Results When Resurrection ACTUALLY Happens
[00:15:27] Resurrection Results in Having A Different Perspective
[00:21:38] Resurrection Inspires Hope
[00:28:31] Resurrection allows space for forgiveness and redemption
[00:37:58] The Radical Path of Forgiving Our Enemies
[00:41:32] The Impact of Resurrection
[00:41:49] Resurrection Perfects Justice
[00:52:48] Resurrection shows Justice is Also Restorative
[00:56:55] Social Justice In Context of Christ
[01:01:39] Let Your Kingdom Come
[01:04:15] Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom to…Let Go
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