Man of Steel: A Religious Perspective

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I love the thirdĀ Man of SteelĀ trailer. It is nothing short of pure awesomeness. Who doesn’t love aerial hand-to-hand combat and explosions along with bassy orchestral music booming in the background? Picturing this in my mind just pumps me with sheer excitement. The problem many viewers probably had with all this action, though, was that Superman seemed to be another excessively powerful hero, one that is too perfect for any of us to embrace. Like Jor-El, Superman’s biological father, said in the trailer, “He’ll be a god to [us].” Hence, it is very reasonable for us to think Superman’s god-like perfection would disconnect us from him, but, similar to many religious figures, I think it’s his perfection that aims to guide and strengthen us.

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Is Iron Man Heroic?

All of us pay special attention to a superhero’s powers because, to put it simply, powers define them. This is what has happened ever since the release of Marvel’s latest (and final) Iron Man 3 trailer. There is a particularly awesome scene when Tony Stark calls in “backup,” which consists of a freaking army of Iron Man bots. It’s reasonable to say that a ton of excitement emanated (perhaps verbally) from each viewer upon seeing this scene. However, does this fleet of robots with potentially unlimited power make Iron Man more of a hero? I don’t think so. Continue reading