Avengers: Infinity War & Possible Worlds
by Tim Stratton
Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!! Spoiler Alert!!!
Seriously, if you have not yet seen the movie, Avengers: Infinity War, stop reading this and go to the movie theatre and buy a ticket! Then come back and read this article. Consider yourself warned!
Marvel Studios has devoted the past decade to developing many of my favorite childhood comics into fantastic movies. They started with Iron man, Thor, and Captain America, and then went on to develop other stars and co-stars within a robust Marvel Universe that, in my opinion, is unrivaled — even by Star Wars! Not only do I love the Marvel super heroes who I grew up with in the comic books, but these recent movies have provided fantastic opportunities to discuss philosophical and theological issues in pop-culture. For example, FreeThinking Ministries has pointed out how Captain America knows that there is only one God … and He does not dress like Thor! Cap also knows of the “law above the law” that can only be grounded in God (See Make America Great). Tony Stark (Iron Man) has demonstrated how absurd it is to hold a person accountable for their actions when someone else is ultimately in control of their thoughts and actions (See Captain America, Bucky, & Moral Responsibility).
Avengers: Infinity War continues in this ten-year tradition and does not disappoint. In my opinion, this movie provides one of the best illustrations of one of the most hard to grasp theological issues ever conceived. Namely, the Marvel Universe has just painted a beautiful picture of Molinism and God’s middle knowledge while simultaneously defeating the so-called “problem of evil.”
Let me explain: Tony Stark, Peter Parker (Spider-Man), and Doctor Strange join forces with The Guardians of the Galaxy on the planet Titan. They know a fight to the death with Thanos (perhaps the most powerful being in the universe?) is looming and the heroes are desperately trying to devise a plan to defeat him. A task that might be easier said than done when Peter Quill (a.k.a. “Starlord”) is on the planning committee…
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