One of the movies available on the flight was the new (newest? not too old?) Avengers (Marvel Comics). By coincidence, a very smart writer, Edward Feser, wrote something about this movie today on his blog. He looks at the issue of “the divine” in the Avengers’ movie. Here is an excerpt (you might want to avoid this if you don’t like “spoilers”). Perpend:
Watched The Avengers again on Blu-ray the other night. In a movie full of good lines, a few stand out for (of all things) their theological significance. Take the exchange between Black Widow and Captain America after the Norse god Thor forcibly removes his brother Loki from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s custody, Iron Man gives chase, and Captain America prepares to follow:
Black Widow: I’d sit this one out, Cap.
Captain America: I don’t see how I can.
Black Widow: These guys come from legend, they’re basically gods.
Captain America: There’s only one God, ma’am. And I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.
Or consider the scene in which Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D., exchanges words with the imprisoned Loki:
Loki: It burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract, to have power — unlimited power — and for what? A warm light for all mankind to share? And then to be reminded what real power is.
Nick Fury (walking away from Loki’s cell contemptuously): Well let me know if real power wants a magazine or something.
Finally, there is Loki’s defeat at the hands of the Hulk:
Loki: Enough! You are all of you beneath me. I am a god, you dull creature. And I will not be bullied by…
[The Hulk grabs him, repeatedly smashes him to the floor like a rag doll, then walks away as Loki lays there moaning]
Hulk: Puny god.
Read the rest over there.