At the center of God’s story stands this singular act: In Jesus Christ, God personally intersected human history and redeemed humanity at a particular time in a particular place. Yet this central marvel of redemption does not stand alone. It is bordered by God’s good creation and humanity’s fall into sin on the one hand and by the consummation of God’s kingdom on the other.
This metanarrative of creation, fall and law, redemption, and new creation is the story that Christians have repeated to one another and to the world ever since Jesus ascended into the sky and sent his Spirit to dwell in his first followers’ lives. This age-old plot-line should frame every aspect of our lives. After I watch a movie with my older children, I’ve found that this fourfold lens is a helpful way of teasing out what was “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable … excellent or praiseworthy” in the film (Philippians 4:8).
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been looking at each of the film’s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the fourfold lens of creation, fall and law, redemption, and new creation. Several readers have asked me for a full listing of these theological reviews and reflections; so, here’s a quick guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As I finish my reflections on each film, I will turn each title below into a link.
Overview of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Captain America (2011)
- Agent Carter (2013, 2015, 2016)
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (2011)
- The Consultant (2011)
Avengers Assemble (2012)
- Item 47 (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
- Agents of SHIELD (2013, 1:1-7)
- All Hail the King (2014)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Agents of SHIELD (2013, 1:8-15)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Agents of SHIELD (2014, 1:16-22)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Daredevil (2015, 1)
- Jessica Jones (2015, 1)
- Luke Cage (2016, 1)
- Daredevil (2016, 2)
- Agents of SHIELD (2014, 2:1-19)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Agents of SHIELD (2015, 2:20-22; 3:1-19)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Agents of SHIELD (2016, 3:20-22)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Black Panther (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War 1 (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Avengers: Infinity War 2 (2019)
If you like these posts about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you might also enjoy my reflections on Star Wars in Finding God in the Galaxy Far Far Away.
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