God on Film: Superheroes or Super Zeroes?
Who is your favorite superhero?
(And for now, don’t say “God” or “Jesus”)
I’ve always been a fan of Iron Man. I just love the idea that all it takes to save the world is a willingness to do good and an incredibly advanced suit of armor.
I still remember when I saw the first Iron Man film in the theater in 2008. I was blown away. I had grown up reading the Iron Man comics, but there was just something about seeing that red and gold armor on the big screen that amazed me.
Since then, superhero movies have become a cultural phenomenon. Throughout the last decade, over twenty comic book movies have brought in eight billion dollars in box office earnings. We have, as a society, been captured with these sorts of stories, and despite all the commentary of “superhero fatigue” from the cinema critics, it seems we can’t get enough of them. The most recent film, Avengers: Infinity War, brought in nearly 850 million dollars alone.
I believe that our love of these films is deeply rooted in the spiritual fabric that makes up all of creation. We want to believe in a world in which, against all odds, good always triumphs over evil in the end. In the midst of the turmoil and trouble we might be experiencing in our personal lives, it sometimes feels necessary to escape into a bit of spandex-clad fantasy. Because it is a world of hope. And where there is hope, there is God.
This week, we’re fortunate to have PVUMC member Christ LaMont deliver the sermon. Chris is a film professor at ASU and promises to offer some unique insights into the integration of our spirituality and the superhero stories we tell one another. I want to encourage you all to make an effort to come out and hear what God has placed on Chris’ heart; you surely will not regret it.
Grace and peace, everyone,
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