Christian Superheroes in the Movies

Christian superheroes are needed more now than ever in the movie industry. There are so many dirty, negative and just plain old unhealthy movies being made this day. God has raised up Christian superhero movies, Christian hero movies and hero Christian films to leave His mighty fingerprint in the industry. Christian alternative hero movies remind moviegoers there is a loving God who wants them to join His eternal family in Jesus Christ.

Let’s delve into Christian superhero movies. http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/06/26/505764/from-the-avengers-to-prometheus-the-rise-of-the-christian-superhero/ the writer of this insightful article points out that more and more movies (such as” Prometheus”, “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “the Avengers”). Have Christian heroic themes forming the foundation of their plots.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/watchinggod/2015/05/age-of-ultron-may-be-the-most-spiritual-superhero-movie-yet/  chronicles how “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may be the most spiritually themed superhero movie yet. The plot of the movie focuses on Tony Stark (Iron Man) the main character and the leader of “the Avengers” creates an artificial intelligence that evolves into Ultron. Ultron wants to wipe out mankind, as we know it, and create a new race in his image; (Echoes of Genesis here) and he has become a god. Ultron was originally created to safeguard the earth after Iron Man had a terrifying vision of mankind perishing.

Ultron quotes Matthew “Upon this rock I will build my church” alluding to the fact that he will destroy humanity and create a new race of human beings on earth. Like God did with Noah in the flood. Instead of protecting the earth Ultron wants to destroy it.

Tony Stark (iron Man) and Bruce Banner (The Incredible Hulk) create a super being called “Vision” to combat Ultron and save the earth. Vision is a type of Jesus Christ being the savior of the world. Vision values humanity and cares about him.

The movie ends with the avengers fighting Ultron in a church in the final Armageddon battle. There are many spiritual parallels in this superhero movie to Christianity.

Christian hero movies- http://www.courageouschristianfather.com/every-boy-needs-hero-trailer-review/  features the Christian Hero movie” Every Boy Needs a Hero” that involves a father and his college aged son. The father returns to town right before the mother dies. He has been gone for seven years and his son is not real warm to him returning. The father comes back to coach the local baseball team a team with no real potential to win in the future. The father and his son resolve their differences and coach the team. Central to their coaching philosophy is to involve fathers with their sons on the baseball team. This coaching methodology works wonders and turns the boys and fathers into winners. One father of the boys on the team is blessed by the whole godly process. This father is serving a life term in the local prison. The movie is unrated and has no foul language in it. It is safe for children under 10 years old to watch.

Hero Christian film- http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/41870-why-hollywood-films-need-christian-heroes highlights the need for Hollywood filmmakers to make more films with Christian heroes in them. Hollywood needs to come to grips with the reality that moviegoers want to see heroes.

One Christian film that did very well “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock as a white Christian woman who stood up for her beliefs. Her friends misunderstood her and the government questioned her motives. The site listed some historical blockbuster movies with Christian heroic elements in them:

  • Sergeant York (1941), with Gary Cooper
  • Mrs. Miniver (1942), with Greer Garson
  • Going My Way (1944), with Bing Crosby
  • The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman
  • Quo Vadis (1951), with Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr
  • The Robe (1953), with Richard Burton
  • The Ten Commandments (1956), with Charlton Heston
  • Ben Hur (1959), also with Charlton Heston

And some modern titles:

  • Facing the Giants
  • Fireproof
  • Amazing Grace
  • Courageous
  • Soul Surfer
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Blind Side

These are some movies with Christian hero elements in them that were very successful at the box office.

 

Remember website www.christianhero.org a resourceful site with an exciting book on it to read called “The Hero Within”.

 

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17

 

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