Monotheism at Marvel Comics

One way to have a topic to write back and forth about to our oldest granddaughter is to watch some of the same movies.  A few months ago we talked about The Hunger Games.

Then she wanted us to watch Thor and its sequel, The Avengers.These movies pick up on Norse mythology.  But Asgard is not the abode of the gods; it is an advanced civilization in another dimension.  Thor and Loki are not gods, but princes in the royal house of Asgard with special powers.

Thor was the better story.  It included a love story and something of the game of thrones and intrigue going on in Asgard.

The Avengers is heavy on action and special effects.  Awesomely, it introduces comic book super heroes like Captain America and the Incredible Hulk.  It is for a very young audience.  When it  has big flying machines crashing into tall buildings in New York, it clearly targets an audience that does not remember 2001.

There is a theme about the non-divinity of Thor and Loki.  Loki claims at one point that the super hero avengers are beneath him because he is a god.  The hulk–not so gently–corrects him.

But the best line is from Captain America.  “There is only one God ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”


About theoutwardquest

I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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