Living Lutheran:The Gifts of Discipleship inAvengers: Endgame

I’ve loved superheroes since before I could read, but I really got into comics in the early 90s, when I learned that the heroes have aged and some have passed on their identities. Former Kid Flash Wally West became the Flash, and the first Robin Dick Grayson became Nightwing and Tim Drake was now the…

Ant-Man and the Wasp Meets Small Expectations

The new sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp comes on the heels of two paradigm shifting movies earlier this year. February’s Black Panther offered not only the first Marvel movie featuring a largely black cast and creative team, but also a rarely seen example of Afrofuturism on the big screen. April’s Avengers: Infinity War capped off…

Think Christian: “O Superhero Death, Where Is Your Sting?”

This might be the piece I’ve had the most fun writing, probably because it’s about something I know well that’s been part of the mainstream conversation: superhero deaths. Comic book readers are well aware that dead superheroes always come back. In fact, one of my earliest comic book memories was reading a letter in a…

The Avengers and a Demand for Grace

I know this is a weird statement, given the team’s name, but all four of the Avengers movies have a surprising central theme: forgiveness. In each case, characters who are used to doing things by themselves find themselves putting up with other big egos. The central tension in these movies isn’t so much their battles…