Hints of Christianity are surprisingly common in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One might think that the MCU would abolish any comparison to Christianity, being a totally pro-homosexual and pro-feminist company, but there are more valid comparisons then seen at first glance. Warning: minor spoilers ahead.
Thor- the False God
To a few, this seems to be a little bit of a stretch, but it’s true. Thor is not a true god. After all, the only true God is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, perfect and holy. Thor, on the other hand, is just as sinful as a man, for he proves himself to be prideful, easily angered, adulterous, and far more. He is susceptible to sin, just like a normal man. In fact, the only thing that seems to differentiate an Asgardian god and a human is the effort it takes in killing an Asgardian. Thor is just a strong man; powerful, but sinful. He is represented by the false prophets found in Matthew 7:15.
Loki- the Deceiver
Loki, the first-ever villain of the Avengers movies. The “god” of mischief, brother of Thor, Loki attempts to invade Earth with a massive alien army but is defeated and captured by the Avengers. Loki makes it his job to be “mischevious”, which apparently includes stabbing his brother, trying to kill his brother multiple times, killing Phil Coulson, almost destroying New York, and stealing the Tesseract twice. His character seems to be bipolar, however, as he eventually aids the Avengers and attempts to kill Thanos. Regardless, Loki is called “the deceiver” for obvious reasons- he lies, tricks people, and is a murderer. He is represented by Satan the deceiver, a liar that tricked Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit.
Thanos- the Destroyer of Humanity
Thanos, the mad titan and greatest enemy of the Avengers. Thanos is seen throughout the Avengers movies but doesn’t make a major appearance until Avengers: Infinity War, when he begins to put real effort into collecting the Infinity Stones. These stones, when put together, enable him to literally snap and destroy half of all life in the universe. Who does this remind you of? Satan, who puts all his effort into collecting unbelievers and destroying humanity. Satan is known as the “Prince of the power of the air”, and as a fallen angel, his power is great. However, without God’s permission, he has no power, for it was broken at the Cross. But this time, we don’t need a group of men to kill Satan; nay, that is impossible. The only being that can break Satan’s power and cast him into the pit is Jesus, and he has already done so at Calvary.
Iron Man- the Christ Figure
If you’ve seen Avengers: Endgame, then you know why Iron Man could be considered a Christ Figure. Of course, a decent argument could be made for Captain America, being “God’s righteous man”, but I think that after the events of Endgame, Iron Man comes out on top. Iron Man, also known as Tony Stark, is not the purest character in the MCU. No, he is probably the most annoying, jerkish character of them all, thus ensuring that he isn’t completely like Christ. However, his eventual sacrifice, using the Infinity Stones to kill Thanos and his army, saves his friends and prevents Thanos (Satan) from destroying humanity. Stark gave up his life in the process, proving himself to selfless and loving. Doesn’t this ring true to us, as Christians? Our God sacrificed himself, preventing the destruction of humanity but dying in the process. However, our Christ is more powerful than Iron Man; after all, Jesus rose again on the third day. Stark is dead and will remain that way.
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