I just got done watching Infinity war. Let’s just start with woof. I can’t say I know much about any of this stuff, but I can most definitely enjoy it, sit through the credits for the preview, or be absurdly angry at the ending.
What anyone can do, however, is listen to conversations as people squeeze into the tiny hallways to exit the theatre. And this is where the 2am night began – when the human behind me said something that kept my wheels turning full gear after this movie.
So here I am, trying to express what just went on in my mind throughout the entire movie while remaining angry about the end of this movie (they might not always be as dynamic, but ya girl usually likes the happy endings). – There are totally spoilers in here so if you’re going to revolt if you read any, I’d hold off.
For background, in the movie Infinity War, our Avengers & co. are fighting to keep the six infinity stones from Thanos, so that he may not have the power to do what he has basically already been doing on a larger scale. That is, genocide, wiping out 50% of the population on different planets throughout the universe to eliminate poverty.
I couldn’t help but think that this movie places a mirror directly in front of the culture of death that we face today. I sat through the entire movie making connection after connection, and I just hoped and prayed that someone who didn’t before would see it – actually see it.
In the movie, when Thanos refers to his goal, he speaks of his success in pointing to the lack of starvation on other planets, to which the “daughter” he took under his wing during one of his wipeouts, Gamora, contests that despite the lack of poverty, half of what and who she had known is gone – including her own mother.
She goes on to contest further with quite possibly one of lines that drew me most, “you kill…and you call it mercy.”
We reach a point in which Thanos stands with Gamora at the edge of a precipice where he must sacrifice something he loves in order to obtain the second to last stone. Gamora pleads for him not to throw her to her death, but he denies this request as he shouts the fact that he has already given up his “destiny” once before, and he will not do it again.
He will not give up his dreams for this woman he calls daughter. Not only will he not give up this dream for her, but he is willing to destroy her – kill her – in order to achieve it.
Given, to alleviate poverty, to provide accessible resources, are all noble ideals, but when is it okay for these needs to be placed over an unrepeatable soul?
The movie continues as Thanos reaches possession of the sixth stone, to which he is able to go back in time and retroactively kill the Avengers who are fighting to keep him from reaching his objective of genocide. We then see, as they fight, that our Avengers begin to disappear, they each become a sort of dust and are blown away by the wind. In an instant, the men and women who had been the hope of many worlds are destroyed.
And then we see young Peter Parker tell the Ironman who had been sort of a father figure to him that he does not want to go. Ironman hugs him as he cries in fear, only to become dust and be blown away.
And finally, after destroying and killing just about everyone, including his own “daughter” to find the sixth infinity stone Thanos sits, overlooking the universe, and rests as He and his odd blue chin wrinkles watch a sunset.
I cannot help but find this event a twisted parallel to God’s own rest on the seventh day after creation. The seventh day in which the Lord rested over a universe and race which He created good. The seventh day had to have been the purest harmony the world had ever seen. While our Marvel Heroes fought to their own retroactive death, we see, over a haunting sunset, the sick counterfeit that so many in our world fight for.
Before I know it, I am drawn back to the crude reality that we live in today – a reality in which we justify the destruction of human beings for our own desires and ease-of- life – this is how we think we will find harmony. But truly, we fight for the good as we destroy the good in the process. We are both actively and passively destroying so much of the world’s beauty. This is what our world has found as good, smart, reasonable. We can easily sit in this movie and be outraged at the monstrous deeds of Thanos, at the ending in which all of our favorite superheroes basically died in this battle, but we need to ask ourselves: is this real? Do I let it happen?
Which battle are we actually fighting?
I believe that the tragedy of this seeming loss of the infinity war is that we fight this war ourselves. We truly are in an infinity war, so to speak, as we fight for the worth an value of infinite souls in all stages.
The words that kept me up writing this all night were of a young man, who upon exiting the movie stated “I mean, I hate to admit it, but Thanos is kind of right. Wiping out half of the population would probably work anyway. Maybe it’s a good idea.”
And as appalled as I was, I feel called to engage. I am drawn to a part of this movie that forces myself, and quite possibly many others who draw this connection, to ask where I am in this war. Throughout the most gripping, teeth-clenching battles, we see Bruce Banner trying to enter the fight as he summons the Hulk. He tries and he tries to call him forward, and each time he gets close, the hulk makes a short appearance as he replies with a resisting “no!”
He had already been beaten up once – he did not want to do it again. Maybe it wasn’t his battle, maybe he had no time, maybe he wasn’t being spoken to – but maybe a glimmer of the hope of the future lied in his hands – and lives continued to be lost after he removed himself from the equation.
Quite honestly, I’m not sure I’m done here. And I hate to leave this with nowhere to really go. However, this was a sort of quick jot-down of this movie and the connections I made, which I was just reminded of today and thought I could possibly throw out there now. There is proably buch more – but to be quite honest, it took me so long to look at this again that I would probably need to watch the movie again to finish. Look out for some updates to come (possibly).