Although yes, it’s a work of fiction, the use of Infinity Stones to control the universe sends the message that battle armor is physical, not spiritual, and should only be put on for our own glory, not to fight sin. (Matthew 24:6, Ephesians 6:10-18) But there are far more ways this CGI-heavy epic skews the sense of war in favor of idolatry.
Here’s a strong example of why Marvel honors matter over mind: Once Thor winds up with the Guardians, Starlord turns it all into a masculinity contest for cheap comic relief, even when he gives a hand signal to halt while on Knowhere, and everyone ignores him. Meanwhile, Thor has no character flaws, essentially saying, “Imitate Thor: buff, blonde, pompous, popular!” Philippians 4:8 commands to only embrace “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise…” Thor on the other hand, has lied in the past and never apologized, is full of himself, hates his sister and isn’t afraid to express it, is a pathetic leader, and is far from excellent or worthy of praise. Comparison to another based on how muscular, handsome, or blonde they are causes other types of sin beyond just self dissatisfaction. Instead, “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
In fact, everyone in this film is self-focused without that mindset ever seen as wrong. That particularly goes to Tony Stark; he’s been a bragging ego-head since 2008, and here he treats Peter Parker like a pest, and only saves Stephen Strange out of profession, not friendship. He never cares about the condition of anyone, not even his own fiancée, and only wants to get personal satisfaction out of himself saving the universe. He may think his intentions are good, and we see across multiple films that he is capable of using his inventions to protect others, but his heart is (literally) hollow. How exactly is this guy supposed to be a positive role model? Much like Tony, there is not one character in the Marvel universe who obeys Philippians 4:8 or Colossians 3:17, as they think that fighting enemies means you must hate them and show them no mercy, when Jesus preaches the opposite. (Matthew 5:43-47) We’re wrongly expected by their actions to rely only on ourselves to be the rulers of our own worlds.
That’s what Thanos most seeks after with all six Infinity Stones: to churn reality, like the once green Titan brought back to its original glory. Although yes, we’re given the expectation that everyone taken by the Snap will come back alive the next movie, imagine if someone saw Infinity War but not Endgame? The idea would suggest evil wins. (Hebrews 4:1-13) Although there are attempts to humanize Thanos so that it looks justified. Years earlier, Thanos gave Gamora a two-bladed knife, and seems to know more about balance than she does. He understands the importance of sacrifice, especially when it’s appropriate to mourn. As humane as his motives to control overpopulation and environmental loss may be, he’s still a successful mass murderer, which in the end would lead viewers to think dictatorial genocide will gain power.
Here’s the truth: only God holds the ability to reverse His creations. (Isaiah 66:22-24) Nobody, not even Thanos, can ever be successful at becoming the gods of our own universes. In Psalm 90, Moses prays we are temporary while God is eternal, emphasizing how “You turn people back to dust, saying, ’Return to dust, you mortals.’” (verse 3) Moses goes on to pray, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.” (verse 10) God will need to reverse His creations, because he intended His creations for good, but they rebelled and turned to sin. Thus, God has no other option besides separate Himself from all that is not good, but allowed us the chance to let Him purify us by submitting ourselves to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. That’s a simple truth Avengers: Infinity War preaches against.
Marvel may plan to keep themselves going indefinitely, resurrecting dead individuals at will for the sake of sustaining their popularity, so remember that our lives are short, and that our own sweaty brows will soon turn back to dirt; unless you allow the Holy Spirit to transform yourself from the inside out, our accomplishments will fall.
Have a great week, and happy watching, God bless!