Spider-Man Easter Eggs in Jessica Jones Season 2

Here’s the premise: In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Peter Parker is a YouTuber. I first heard this theory from Seamus Gorman, an up and comer in the fan theory division of YouTube. It makes sense. Previous Peter Parkers sold photographs of Spiderman to newspapers; putting videos of Spiderman on YouTube is the modern version of that.
I found more evidence for this theory in Jessica Jones Season 2. Don’t worry; there are no real spoilers here.
1) Jessica says, “If you say ‘with great power comes great responsibility,’ I will throw up on you.” There it is. The first time that line has ever been spoken in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as far as I know, correct me if I’m wrong). And it’s said by the character most likely to disagree with that philosophy. There’s no way Jessica came up with that phrase herself; she is almost certainly referencing something.
2) Another character says, “With great power comes great mental illness.” Again, doesn’t that sound like a riff on some other phrase? Where did it come from?
3) Someone asks Jessica if she has a Spidey Sense. Jessica replies no, she doesn’t, meaning she knows what that is.
Here’s the fan theory part: after posting “candid” footage of Spiderman for a while, Peter made an “interview with a superhero” video. His friend Ned probably convinced him to do it and helped him make it. In that video, Spiderman talked about what he could do, including his Spidey Sense, and mentioned why he’s a hero: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
This video would have definitely gone super-viral. After all, the only other superhero who’s ever available for interviews is Tony Stark, maybe Luke Cage after he got out of prison. Even if Jessica Jones wasn’t interested in superhero news, her sister or her sidekick would probably force her to watch that video.
How else do you explain those three Spiderman references? It’s not like Spidey is likely to leave his friendly neighborhood. Information about him had to get out a different way, and the evidence suggested by Seamus Gorman + this new evidence = good enough for me.
Hello Vlogger Generation. Meet your superhero.


A collection of random thoughts

Well, I missed last week’s post.

I’ve kind of been in a dead zone lately. Nothing of much interest has been released lately. Nothing I can really talk about in depth.

I mean, we got the new God of War game recently, but I haven’t played any of the other games in the franchise. And if the new one did to Norse mythology what the last four (?) did to Greek mythology, I’m not interested. Disney’s Hercules triggered me enough.

You know, it’s weird. I could write a slam post on mainstream Disney movies that I don’t like. Because there are a few. But I don’t think that would be a good thing to write. I want my posts to be positive and edifying, not slamming for no reason. Plus, I missed the chance to do the Disney March Madness bracket thing.

Speaking of Disney, Infinity War comes out tomorrow. I plan on going Saturday, so I’ll write something about it next week. I have my theories–who will live, who will die, how things will go down–but I expect to be pleasantly disappointed. (Especially since one of my theories involves the X-Men showing up. A guy can dream.)

And that’s about it for new things going on. Really not that much.


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When We First Met: A Random Review

Last time I talked about a Rom Com, it was because I saw the cast list was a Dollhouse reunion. This time, it was partially because of the cast – Alexandra Daddario (one of the only good things about the Percy Jackson movies), Robbie Amell (superheroes, high school jocks, the dude’s everywhere), and Adam Devine (not usually my kind of actor, but this movie proves he’s not always the jerk from Pitch Perfect) – and partially because of the plot synopsis.

Adam Devine plays a guy named Noah (yeah, it was weird for me the whole time) who is in love with a girl named Avery, played by Alexandra Daddario (not a hard thing to imagine). Avery is in love with Ethan, played by Robbie Amell (also understandable). Noah is convinced that if he had done things differently on the night he first met Avery, he wouldn’t have spent three years as a third wheel. The night of Avery and Ethan’s engagement party, Noah goes into a magic photo booth and gets his chance to do that night over.
So it’s kind of like Groundhog Day. Noah pretends to be a different kind of person on That Night and then wakes up three years later to discover the consequences of being that person. If he’s unhappy with the results, he goes back to the photo booth to try again.
The science fiction nerd part of me is a little unsatisfied with how the time travel works, but the storytelling nerd part of me really likes this movie. 
The moral of the story is relationships are about intangible things – not the moments you think are going to be important, but the ones you remember the most fondly later because of the people you shared them with. The moments captured by, say, a magic photo booth. 
The downside: rom coms have awkward situations. I hate awkward. Awkward is bad enough in real life; manufacturing a fictional awkward situation for the sake of comedy – why would that appeal to anyone? I don’t understand.
Oh well. I guess it’s no more awkward than a normal rom com. And when a rom com is good, it’s adorable, and this one is adorable.
Christian-wise, I would suggest a language warning. There is implied sexual content but nothing overly explicit. Overall it’s just an adorable little romance. I liked it a lot.

John Milton, Titus, and Dionysius Alexandrinus

This may be the straight-up-nerdiest post I’ve ever written.
In 1644, John Milton wrote a speech called Areopagitica to give in Parliament about freedom of the press. Parliament wanted to censor big sections of literature, some for being rebellious and politically charged and some for being “unclean.” Kind of like the way that many people try to discourage fandoms.
After summarizing the history of censorship vs free press, Milton talks about a guy named Dionysius Alexandrinus. He was basically a pastor in the early church, and someone asked him, “You read the books of heretics so you can talk to them, but isn’t that just as bad as being a heretic?”
Dionysius didn’t know how to answer that, so he prayed about it. And God responded, “Read any book, whatever comes into your hands, because you are sufficient to judge right and to examine each matter.”
Dionysius was pretty sure this message came from God because it seemed to line up with Titus 1:15: “To the pure, all things are pure…” Obviously, no person is completely pure. But the idea is a Christian can have “sufficient” purity to read potentially risky things, judge the risks for themselves, and learn from the experience without becoming less pure.
This is what we’ve been saying on the Correlation since the beginning (mostly me). If you have wisdom and discernment, you should be able to enjoy a variety of fandoms and take Christian compatible morals from them without poisoning your mind or your heart. If anything, the reviewers and critics and bloggers like me, Isaac, and that guy from Plugged-In can judge and examine each matter and pass along the message to all of you.
For more, I highly recommend Areopagitica if you can find it. I’ve barely read a third of it because it’s so dense and old-fashioned, but so far it’s strikingly similar to what we talk about here on the blog.

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Call of Duty: Zombies has…Christian themes?

I mentioned this a while back; I’ve been playing a lot of Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombie Chronicles for the past two month. In my defense, I alternated through this game, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Bioshock, and Mad Max. (The latter two of which I’d like to write on at some point.)

Now, one would think that the less-mainstream alternate game mode of a very mainstream first-person shooter franchise wouldn’t have a horribly convoluted storyline, especially when it involves mowing down wave after wave of the undead. But somehow the writers at Treyarch managed to pen a quasi-cohesive plotline for a bunch of random locations and events.

I say quasi-cohesive because it involves time travel, alternate dimensions, and a surprising amount of non-zombie threats. (Including, but not limited to, flaming attack dogs, power-up stealing monkeys, electricity monsters, genetic abominations, giant robots, angels, spiders the size of terriers, ents, dragons—)

*Record scratches.* Angels? Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Now, of course, all of this is explained in the lore. I did a lot of digging, mostly on the wiki, because I’m not that great at the game.

Basically, the mode (as of Black Ops III’s DLC) is the story of the conflict between the characters Dr. Monty (alongside the Keepers) and the Shadowman (alongside the Apothycons). The playable characters are fighting alongside Dr. Monty, but more as the ground-floor soldiers winning the war.

Believe it or not, as I played it and read up on the lore, I found a fair amount of Christian themes. Sure, most of them are in the Monty-Shadowman side of the plot, but it’s something.

I brought up angels once before on this blog, and the takeaway was that they’re really hard to write. Usually someone gets them wrong.

I’d like to make an argument for the Keepers as angels. Essentially, their role is twofold: protect the Summoning Key (an artifact capable of transporting souls) and keep the Apothycons (world-ending, zombie-creating tentacle space whales) at bay. Two other things about them tell me that they are angels. First, they don’t hold a lot of supernatural powers—the exceptions being the dimension-hopping that they do regularly and the stuff Dr. Monty, who is himself a Keeper, does. Second, they can be corrupted to fight alongside the Apothycons.

In fact, the Shadowman, the “big bad” of the game, was himself a Keeper. Which makes me think in this narrative, he is supposed to typify the Devil. The connections run deeper, as he initially appears in the game as a man in a suit, not unlike the Devil who masquerades as an angel of the light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)

This post is running a little long, so I’ll wrap it up. These are just my musings on the subject, and I know the series has drawn inspiration from a lot of other sources. And there are probably counterarguments against my thesis. But, these are just my musings on a game I’ve been playing a lot of lately. I’m willing to discuss this further in the comments below.


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Is Harry Potter the Antichrist?

Remember when I listed Harry Potter as a character who typifies Jesus? Well, I just found out that there’s another version of him out there who is pretty much the opposite.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book series about the classics of literature teaming up a la Avengers/Justice League/Watchmen. In the movie, Dr. Jekyll is the Hulk, Captain Nemo is Iron Man, Mina Murray-Harker is Awesome Vampire Lady, and Tom Sawyer shot Professor Moriarty from like 300 feet away. It’s a lot of fun.
I don’t know how Alan Moore and company got a hold of Harry Potter legally, but they did. And then they made him the Antichrist. Supposedly, that lightning bolt on his forehead is the Mark of the Beast, and all his magical adventures were preparing him to be a harbinger of the Apocalypse. Somehow.
When Harry finds out the truth, he goes on a murder rampage and then locks himself in his bedroom under the stairs, developing an addiction to antipsychotic drugs. Then he turns into a giant covered in eyeballs and he’s killed by Mary Poppins. I am not making this up.
It all makes a strange sort of sense, in context. We know the actual Antichrist will bear some resemblance to Jesus, enough that he’ll convince a lot of people to follow him and even worship him. Harry Potter has a lot in common with Jesus, and there are a lot of people who think his magical powers are “of the Devil.”
But that’s where the comparison falls apart. I haven’t seen those horror movies about kids growing up with demons in their brains, supposedly destined to be the Antichrist. But I’m pretty sure they all miss the point: we will never see him coming, and when he shows up he’ll take over without much resistance at all.
The actual Antichrist would be the last person to be worried about the Apocalypse. He certainly wouldn’t be afraid of himself. He would probably deny the existence of the Antichrist while also denying Jesus and God. Then, while the world freaks out over the end of the world, he’ll try to steal God’s job. And then Jesus will show up like the superhero he is. It will be awesome.
That’s what I’ve been thinking about this week. What do you want to see me and Isaac tackle next? Let’s Connect!
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5 Christian Songs I Actually Like

Christian music has a poor reputation among the greater music circle, and ever since I discovered secular music, my tastes in this subgenre have changed.

To be fair, it was a bit of a downward slide, since “Christian music” comes in two flavors—“Praise and Worship” (music directly referencing God, Jesus, and Christian themes, e.g.: Rend Collective, Hillsong, or Third Day) or “Music by Christians” (more like surprisingly-clean rock/rap/metal/etc, e.g.: Skillet, Thousand Foot Krutch, or RED).

I got started on “Music by Christians” at a fairly young age and stuck to that genre for a long time, mostly because I was trying to get away from “Praise and Worship”. Around…I think ninth and tenth grade, I started making the switch over to secular music, spurned partially by my desire to find new music to listen to and my involvement in music ministry (which meant getting up and performing a lot of “Praise and Worship”).

But I’m not here to talk about why I made the transition from Christian to secular music, or my opinions on the genres as a whole, though I could devote a month’s worth of blog posts to it. I’m here to talk about some of the Christian songs that I like. These are in no particular order. In fact, they fluctuate quite frequently. If you want to check them out, they’re probably on Spotify. The only one I can’t speak for is Number 4, since I don’t use Spotify, but I found it on YouTube, so maybe.


5. “Great I Am” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Some of the songs on this list come from my time participating in music ministry. This one does come from that, but it also stems from looking at the other popular songs of that time. “Great I Am” (alongside, “Oceans” and “You Make Me Brave”) is one of the last new/mainstream “Praise and Worship” songs to be listenable.  After this came “Good Good Father,” and its de-evolution “King of My Heart.” Songs with okay verses, but no effort on the chorus. My point is, if “Great I Am” is the last “good” Christian song, then I will be perfectly fine with that.


4. “Hard” by Rich Mullins. Having been involved in music ministry for over five years now, I have found that Rich Mullins is probably one of the more forgotten Christian musicians in the history of the genre. I personally think he’s one of the best–if you know him for anything, it’s for the songs “Awesome God” or “Hold Me Jesus.”  If I could pick one of his songs, though, it’s “Hard,” just because of how relatable it is.


3. “Eternity” by Disciple. When I got started on the “Music by Christians” genre, Disciple was one of the first bands I found. They usually tend more towards the “screamo” side of rock-n-roll, though, so good luck finding them on your local Christian station. I enjoy a lot of their songs, but I picked “Eternity” for this list because it’s the most obviously Christian. (That is, without going to the lyrics booklets where they type out the scripture citations for almost every line of almost every song.) That, and I have a thing for people’s interpretations/speculations of what Heaven looks like. I don’t know why.


2. “You Are Good” by Israel Houghton. I seriously don’t know why I like this song. It has probably the most repetitive lyrics I have ever come across in my twenty-two years of listening to music, and that’s even factoring in my EDM phase, all the camp songs I learned, and “Good Good Father.” But still, this song is one of the most fun songs I’ve come across. Granted, this is partially because it’s (hands down) the most fun song to perform in a worship team.


1.  “Be Thou My Vision.” (I prefer the Michael Card version.) Okay, I have a soft spot for Celtic/Irish music. (I mean, one of the two instruments I play is tin whistle.) So, of course my list would include a song of Celtic/Irish origin. That and it’s a song that has solid theology and is over a hundred years old and has been translated into a dozen languages, and lyrically it’s a prayer to God asking Him to help us in our daily life, as we look forward to the eternal reward of heaven.
I mean, I like it.


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