The Avengers Xian product placement

So the other day I went to see The Avengers at a nearby movie theater. It was a great movie with an amazing cast but one particular scene was almost vomit-inducing. As Captain America was about to confront the gods Loki and Thor, Black Widow informed him to be careful because they were powerful gods. In response, Captain America stated something like "There is only one god ma'am, and I doubt he dresses like those two". Upon hearing that statement, several people in the theater applauded and cheered (as I cringed). Needless to say, I believe I have came to the point where just the slightest Jeezus reference makes me want to barf. 

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Comment by Sagacious Hawk on May 13, 2012 at 11:49am

I just saw the movie. They movie harped on Captain America pretty for being stuck in the past. It was like a running gag for the first half hour after he was introduced. So when he made his reference to a "god" in that one brief moment I saw it in that context. Current America has moved beyond a concept of a god, all that's left is a relic literally in the memory of the past. Shortly thereafter in an ensuing fight, Thor, a god of old, lands an air-rending blow upon Captain's shield to no effect. Essentially saying, our heroes are as strong as the gods we once worshiped.

Throw into the mix the talk about how two gods came down and wrecked the earth pretty good in the movie Thor and that being the impetus for experimenting on the Tesseract which is the start of the whole impending-doom-for-the-earth plot line... well you can see how gods have done nothing, but cause trouble for earth. That thought was a character development point for the hero, Thor, which the movie unfortunately didn't elaborate on. Then there was Loki, a god, making a group of people bow before him and then going on a rant for how humans were meant to be slaves and subjugated to bring order to the world.

In all, there were some very anti-religion elements to this movie if you read between the lines.

Comment by Grady Jean on May 13, 2012 at 3:20pm

Mind Blown, Hawk. Mind. Fucking. Blown. I need to pay better attention.

Comment by kOrsan on May 13, 2012 at 3:25pm

Read between the lines. As if the everyday theist was smart enough to do that.

Comment by Sagacious Hawk on May 13, 2012 at 3:40pm

Grady, I think what you need.... is to see it again!

Comment by Frank Arnason on May 13, 2012 at 8:53pm

That seems appropriately Christian. Ignore evidence right in front of his face and say "Nuh uh my god is the only real one." That scene will probably make me laugh now when I see it. :D

Comment by Rich on May 13, 2012 at 10:48pm

That film was awesome. Thats all I have to say on the matter.

Comment by Tom Holm on May 13, 2012 at 11:34pm

i cringed at that part too, but no one in the theater cheered though. and like you im at the point where anytime i hear god or jesus i tend to shutter a little because i think too myself ''how can people still believe in this guy?'' and they sound so silly when i think about it. meh i guess thats what happens when you are one of the ones thinking outside of the religious box

Comment by Helena on May 14, 2012 at 12:04am

pfft.... there is no problem with demi-gods, its just another word for Sagan's Type 2 or 3 beings... Thor may have been a type 3 D or something....

Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on May 14, 2012 at 9:31am

Note to self... don't see movie. 

Comment by Ross O'Neil on May 14, 2012 at 5:00pm

Been a Marvel junkie my whole life and must say for the most part have been able to see more anti-religion sentiment thoughout.  Hawk's analysis above is spot on.  I did note Cap's comment and smirked in the sense that it fit with his history and character (the trained mind of a soldier).

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