[Spoilers, Will Robinson, Spoilers! Do not read until you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, Unless you want the movie to be spoiled]
The new Avengers Movie: Infinity War is a fast-paced, action packed, superhero-filled movie. Christians rejoice! Heaps and heaps of Superheros to compare to the true superhero Jesus. (And they’re on to us people, Starlord mockingly says: “Who do you think I am? Jesus?”)
Except. There wasn’t a hero. Every one of them failed. United or individually, they were tested by Thanos and failed. Miserably. So we can’t jump the direct line between the heroes and Jesus.
Even team work didn’t work in the end, which was the theme of Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2. The plan was made, the trap was set, and yet, the superheros were smashed, bashed, and unhulkified by Thanos.
And here I was thinking that it was a superhero movie. Instead, we got a movie about a mad-god’s quest to kill half the galaxy with the click of his fingers. A mad-god whose name is inspired by Thanatos which means death, lives up to his name sake.
So, what are we to do with this movie? How are we going to talk to our friends about it? Especially when there isn’t a superhero to directly compare to Jesus?
What are we to do?
I think that we can focus on death and sacrifice. Morbid huh? Well, bear with me for a bit.
Death is the major driver of Thanos, who I would argue is the main character of this movie. If you missed that, you actually would think that the movie is confusing, (Totally out of character for Marvel – lol), and the plot unhinged. It would lack the major driver. The plans of the Avengers/Guardians/Superhero Supergroup were reactionary to Thanos, rather than proactive. Thanos gets the most flashbacks, the most backstory, and motivation revealing monologues. Thanos drives the movie forward on his quest to clutch all the infinity stones and bring order to the galaxy through death.
Thanos runs riot, achieving his life goal, with seemingly little opposition. Nothing stops him. He then sits, in his recreated nirvana, and enjoys the scenery.
And isn’t that what death is like?
Can any human, or demigod, stop death? Loki couldn’t it would seem. Neither could Starlord or Thor. They can still die. Thanos just sits and enjoys his inflicted suffering and chaos.
Death stops for no one.
Not in this life, and not in the movies. Death always wins. (Until the second Infinity Wars movie, I suppose).
Death is a real enemy, and I think is personified in Thanos. Death takes all of us, not just 50% of us, and its motivation is not preservation of the universe, but its destruction. Humanity may fight, but we will always fail. Even demigods fear death.
So, what can we do to escape death? Hire a bunch of imaginary gods, superheros, or augmented earthlings to save us? The problem is that in the end Death gets them all. Even the post-credit saviour, Agent Fury, is eradicated from existence.
There is no-one who death didn’t get. But was there?
But Christians know there was one that death didn’t get. That was Jesus. The one who faced death, died on a cross, and came back victorious.
Because of this, the Apostle Paul can proclaim:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is you victory? Where, O Death is your sting? … Thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” 1 Cor. 15:54-57
We too will be victorious over death when we are raised from the dead by God.
Isn’t death a wonderful way to approach the gospel?
Isn’t Thanos a character we want to be defeated? I think so. His motivation is destruction, and he’ll never stop until his job is complete. It’s a never-ending cycle. Just like death.
So, when chatting to your friends about the new Avengers movie remember it’s about our failure to overcome death, and its never-ending conquering power. But Jesus has won over death for us. In Jesus we can proclaim “Where is your Sting, O Death!?”