Everyone likes stories, and some of the most influential stories today are in movies. With that in mind, each winter I talk about Oscar-nominated movies Sunday by Sunday in February or March—leading up to the Oscars.
Marvel’s The Avengers, nominated for Best Visual Effects, shows contemporary understandings of God and Satan.
Loki, a dark supernatural being from Norse mythology, declares to humanity, “I come with glad tidings—a world made free from freedom…. Kneel before me.”
Captain America is unimpressed with Loki, saying, “There’s only one God, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”
Later on, arrogant Loki attempts to mock The Incredible Hulk, asserting, “I am a god you dull creature, and I will not be bullied by—”
At that moment, Hulk snatches up Loki and smashes him around, grunting, “Puny god.”
Captain American and The Incredible Hulk have a good start on their theology.