Why We Need Superhero Movies

Why We Need Superhero Movies

Yeah, there's tons of them. But they never get old.
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I have a friend who is an extreme movie-goer. Loves movies. Loves reviewing them. Hates superhero movies. One of his common complaints is that there's just too many superhero movies, and too many of them are flops for the "genre" to still be considered legitimate and not beaten to a pulp. He says, what gives? Suicide Squad was maybe decent at best. Batman VS Superman is something we don't talk about (literally never going to watch that movie), the X-Men movies are flip floppy, etc. Now, this is his argument - it is not mine. The last few Spider-Man movies had split personalities, with some people adoring them and some others wanting to puncture their eardrums, although I don't remember them getting particularly high reviews.

So, why do we need so many of them? If you don't like even a slight mention of politics, look away now. Move your mouse, have it hover the X button, press it, and get up and walk away. Don't have No Chill. Although I hate to tell you - superhero movies very often get political. X-Men can be (mutant registry, hello?). Captain America can be. America as in *AMERICA* (THE COUNTRY, AMERICA). Batman can be. The comics can be even more so.

Real subtle.

Superheroes show us that even when it's not deliberate. Superheroes show us Captain America punching Hitler. Superheroes show us the X-Men fighting to not be put on a "list of mutants" type deal. Superheroes show us alien Superman isn't all that different except he's really buff. In the current divisive political climate, regardless of what you think, superheroes show us that their situations aren't actually all that different from ours. And you know what? We need to see that. We need to be reminded to be everyday heroes. We need to be reminded how the struggles truly are similar in some respects, and what we can do about it. Sure, we aren't rich and have a personal butler, and we don't have superhuman serum, but we have something. We have the power to organize, to fight back, and to argue with those in power. We have the power to resist, even if it ends without a success.

With American politics being so divisive, my advice is to take solace in the fictional who undoubtedly harbor more power than we do. Each movie, each comic, each character - has a statement to bring to the table. Comic books are also a medium that do not shy from political commentary. That's why we still need superhero movies. They can say things to a mass group of people, masked in a playful cloth. They can comment - hell, their actors can also comment - unapologetically and brutally, but just subtle enough to not alienate. We need them because, despite all this, they still bring people together. But, they make them talk, too.

But why superheroes? Can't we just make a CIA movie?

No. Superheroes give people hope. Superheroes are people we look up to. Superheroes are something bigger than all of us and everything we know if they were real. You can fire a CIA agent. A cop. An FBI agent. A masked vigilante can't be fired. They're controlled by their morals and their power. Since when did you look at a CIA agent and feel a sense of hope?

My advice is to harness that power for what you believe in.

But, just like divisive superhero movies - another takeaway - don't forget who your friends are, even if you disagree with them. Speak softly and carry a big stick.

But now, more than ever, we should be looking to them, for both unity and what we believe in.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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American Or Christian?

Can you really be both?

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This is a thought that has lingered in my mind for a very long time.

Personally, I hate news and politics. It's depressing and it seems like both parties (and people in general) just don't get it. Political conversation gets on my ever-loving nerves and literally gets me down in the dumps for the day.

I just simply don't watch it anymore. There is too much negativity.

That doesn't mean that I am uniformed. I am not advocating for ignorance or anything like that. I prefer to read and figure out my information from sites "in the middle."

As I was eating dinner with my wife the other day we started talking about the new Abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. As a Christ-follower and a staunch defender of Biblical inerrant, I detest abortion.

Before you read any farther, you must understand something: This article is not about my defense of my beliefs regarding hot topics like abortion or homosexuality. I do not have the time to write about said topics now. I am just asking you to accept what I believe for the sake of the article.

But, anyway, these abortion bills. I can make a pretty good case that they are Constitutional because they are protecting the Life (one of the Rights given to American Citizens) from others. Yes, I know the arguments against said point but continue with me please.

This led our conversation to talk about Homosexual marriage, something that I am against as well. And not just because of Leviticus but because of the New Testament as well.

But, shaking my head, I said something that my wife seemed to agree with:

"As a Christian, I know it's wrong and I cannot agree with it. As an American, I see no reason why it should be illegal. Unless your choices infringe someone's Rights, you should be free to do what you wish (technically speaking)."

This is my dilemma. Well, actually it's not a dilemma. I know that I am a Christian before I am an American. I love this country greatly, and I know how blessed I am to be born here. For all the hate this country gets (and some of it is deserved) and all the problems we have (and we have a lot), we are shoulders above other countries in many ways. I am so thankful for all the men and women who have served to protect me and keep me safe. I'm thankful for a lot of things. And I am proud to be an American.

But my identity in Christ comes first. This is why I do not get into politics much. I don't really care at the end of the day. Because while America has been blessed, we still have work to do here. And this is not my forever home. This is not where I will spend eternity.

I try and respect everyone's opinions, and I earnestly try to love everyone, even when they trash and disrespect my beliefs and convictions. But I must put my call to Christ about anything that has to do with this nation. I will pray for ALL our leaders because I was told to do so (I prayed for President Obama when he was in office). And I will be here to support this nation. But I cannot put it above Christ's commands.

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