Happy belated Star Wars day. Let’s talk about Agents of SHIELD.
Season 4 is coming to an end, and they’ve been going out on a brilliant high note. Our heroes just escaped the Matrix. The climax included this exchange:
Mack: You’re not Moses taking us to the Promised Land.
Daisy: That’s it. What if I part the Red Sea?
Mack: You did not just use the Bible against me.
This isn’t the first time Joss Whedon has used a Biblical allusion. It’s not even the first time it’s happened on Agents of SHIELD.
Instead of mutants, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has Inhumans, the descendants of genetic experiments created by ancient aliens. One of those mad science experiments, a body-snatching swarm of mind controlling parasites called Hive, resurfaced in Agents of SHIELD Season 3. Hive originally inspired Hydra, SHIELD’s evil opposite. He’s also the Devil, supposedly.
Toward the end of the season, Daisy (the Inhuman the show has revolved around since Day 1) gets corrupted by Hive and starts doing some bad stuff. When she gets her free will back, she feels awful, understandably. When she thinks she’s going to die saving the world, she’s okay with that. But then her boyfriend, Lincoln, steals her noble sacrifice by trapping the Devil and himself on a spaceship with a nuke.
The scene includes these lines:
“He’s paying for my mistakes.” “No, he’s paying for all our mistakes.”
“To sacrifice for them. For all their flaws.” “They’re only human.”
And then there’s a cross necklace, in case we missed the reference.
The big clincher is that Lincoln is one of the most innocent characters on the show. People distrusted him for a long time, but a lot of the things they thought he was going to do he didn’t do. It’s an unexpected but powerful Jesus type.
Read this article when you’re done here: the-artifice.com/joss-whedon-god. It goes into more detail about portrayals of Christianity, faith, and hope in Joss Whedon’s stories. It concludes that, although Whedon doesn’t believe in God, he believes that faith and hope are good and powerful virtues, so he gives them to his heroes.
Joss Whedon is one of geekdom’s greatest writers, and one of the best examples of separating real world worldview from fictional universe worldview. If we can find hope and truth in the products of a staunch atheist, Christians should be able to find value in anything.
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