Infinity War Covers Revealed!

Entertainment Weekly has released 15 covers of their special double sized Avengers Infinity War issue. These covers show a bunch of super hero match-ups, some quite unconventional. What do you think? Does this make you more excited to see this chapter of the MCU?

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As Long as One Man Stands

It is interesting how movies about comics have become more and more common in mainstream media. I remember watching the 1990 Captain America movie and thinking it was the coolest movie ever! I was only 6 or 7 years old watching it, so don’t judge me. I recently watched it again not too long ago and thinking to myself, “Are those rubber ears?” I realized how wrong I was.

I have always admired Captain America for so many reasons. He always stands for what is right and true; he stands for his country; he stands and defends ones who can’t; he stands when all adversity is against him. He would never stop fighting and standing for the right reasons. In the comics, he has shown countless times the character and integrity he stands for. Except only for the “Hail Hydra” thing, he has been consistent, but we won’t discuss that.

Captain America reminds me of stories from the Bible when people would stand against tyrants who are hell bent on taking over. Moses vs. the Pharaoh, David vs. Goliath, Job vs. his friends, Daniel vs. Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel vs. the Lions, Jesus vs. Death. There are countless times in the Bible when people stand for what is right. No matter the cost, even unto death people would stand. In the picture above, Captain America is standing face to face with the tyrant Thanos and says “As long as one man stands against you, Thanos, you’ll never be able to claim victory.” What a bold statement to say even though Thanos could beat him to a pulp. I can picture David and others listed above saying something very similar.

In Mark chapter 14, Jesus is betrayed and arrested and sent before the Council. People are screaming and testifying against Jesus, saying wrong things, hitting him and spitting on Him. While all this is happening Jesus just STANDS there taking all of it. Until this point, Jesus hasn’t said a word until the high priest asks Jesus a question.

“And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:60-62‬ ‭ESV

Jesus could have taken the easy way out by saying nothing or lying about who He is. Jesus stands for what He was called to do and for what He believes in. Jesus was a clear example of standing against wrong. Jesus showed us how to stand against those who come against us. For us it is imperative that we stand with Jesus leading the way, guiding and directing us. With the Lord leading the way, no one can stand against us. “As long as one man stands against you, Thanos, you’ll never be able to claim victory.” Let us stand strong with confidence today and everyday as we claim our victory against evil, hardships and difficulties.

Salt and Light(s, Camera, Action)

Like most of the world, I am currently obsessing over Black Panther; so much so that I’ve seen it multiple times in theaters (all this without MoviePass™… talk about dedication). The film boasts a dynamic plot, character build, and a seamless integration into the Marvel cinematic universe. The characters were well-written, and the cast lends itself to make the plot all the more enjoyable. To their credit, there was a natural chemistry between the cast members. Throughout the film, newcomer Letitia Wright proved her skill and natural charm while delivering lines like “Guess what I call them? Sneakers. Because you… never mind.” While Shuri may have been written with a certain charm, I feel as though this came naturally to her. On and off screen, Wright has been a showstopper with her attitude and humility.

Wright has been incredibly outspoken regarding her faith in media, on her social media, and during filming. In an interview with Vanity Fair, she remarked “Everybody has their thing that they’re truthful about. My thing is just a love of God … so that’s what I’m going to do.”  Black Panther director Ryan Coogler also noted her charisma on set, calling her “the love and the light” of the film. During an interview with UK talk show This Morning, the hosts asked Wright about her past with acting; specifically, they questioned her about the fact that she considered giving up on acting altogether. Her response revealed that she experienced trials, but was able to overcome them through her relationship with Christ.

I needed to take a break from acting because I really idolized it. So I came off from it and I went on a journey to discover God and my relationship with God, and I became a Christian. It really just gave me so much love and light within myself. I felt secure, and I felt like I didn’t need validation from anyone else, or from getting a part. My happiness wasn’t dependent on that, it was dependent on my relationship with God.

God desires godliness everywhere, including the film industry, and we are called as Christians to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). In an industry that is seemingly riddled with scandal, Wright’s faith is both encouraging and refreshing. She has spoken boldly in the past about her faith, and I don’t imagine that changing anytime soon. This has the ability to shift the conversation in a world that is in desperate need of the Gospel. But, it can’t be left to just this actress alone; bold as she may be, she is only one. There is a whole world in need of the Gospel, and the impact would be tremendous, but the laborers are counted as few (Matthew 9:37-38). Each of us is equipped differently, but we all have the ability to shift the conversation, just as Wright is doing in her work and life. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, do it all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). In that, we set ourselves apart and allow Christ to work through us.

alexsimonAlexandria is a worship coordinator for Driven Youth Ministries, and small group leader for Shift Preteens and The One Young Adults. She has a passion for Marvel Movies and graphic novels, as well as Lord of the Rings or anything fantasy. Find her on Twitter at @faitdetoiles

*Exclusions Not Applicable

There is something wildly fascinating to me about comic conventions. But here’s the catch… I have never, ever been to single comic convention (side note: this is why I’m so excited to be going to MegaCon Orlando in May).

Fans leave the convention center on day one of Comic-Con International held at the San Diego Convention Center. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

That said, this is going to be based on a lot of speculation, but hear me out: there is such a sense of camaraderie among those who share similar interests. I jump at the opportunity to experience new events, and I love learning about comic artists, upcoming movies, and video games. For those who have grown up appreciating nerd-culture, there’s an investment in attending a comic convention because they have grown alongside their favorite characters and universes. This community is cultivated on a kind of give-and-take of knowledge and passion for geek things.

There’s also this really incredibly inclusive aspect to nerdiness that you don’t have to meet requirements of a certain kind of “personhood” to actually be a nerd. There are people from all walks of life who find themselves fascinated by all things geeky. I have a friend from Lille who introduced me to my first graphic novels, a friend from the Bronx who sent me a documentary on comic artists, and a friend from Encarnación who convinced me to read sci-fi novels. The point is this: there is no guideline on who can or cannot be a nerd, and there is certainly no “*Exclusions apply, see back for details” on any comic, book, movie, video game, or convention. This is a community of people who, even for just a day, lay aside their differences to come together based on a common-thread appreciation of an art form.

If it is true that there is no *Exclusions apply, see back for details on anything nerdy, then it is even more true for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He came not to condemn the world, but to save the world… the ENTIRE world (John 3:16-17). The Gospel is for men, women, all sinners, and all those sinned against. Christians come from a multitude of circumstances, experiences, cultures, and heritages. Based on that alone, it is evident that you don’t have to be a certain kind of person before becoming a Christian. Jesus has extended adoption to us through His death and resurrection, to call Christians children of God (John 1:12-13, Galatians 3:26-29). We are known as God’s children by the love we have for one another, despite our circumstances, experiences, cultures and heritages. Jesus is the common foundation on which we build our lives, and that alone unites us in a unique and profound way.

alexsimonAlexandria is a worship coordinator for Driven Youth Ministries, and small group leader for Shift Preteens and The One Young Adults. She has a passion for Marvel Movies and graphic novels, as well as Lord of the Rings or anything fantasy. Find her on Twitter at @faitdetoiles


New Episode for Friends & Sweethearts!

Check out our latest video episode! It’s the Valentine’s season, and this week we’re talking about love… not just romantic love (although you might find some of that this week in the most awkward dating game ever!) We’re talking “Galentines and Palentines,” the friendships that God gives us, plus Scott Higa stops by to talk Thor the Dark World in our I See You MCU.

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