“Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation… You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”
While this quote might apply to the Avengers film itself, how it utterly conquered the Box Office record and made all other movies kneel before it, the line is actually a pivotal quote from Loki as he makes an assembled group of humans kneel before him in the film’s narrative. Is there some truth in his claim?
In what could have been a mess of Marvel characters mashed into a film where all of them struggle to be the center of attention, director Joss Whedon rules and reigns over the various players with a knowledge of comic book art that frees them to serve a great story that is the sum of their cinematic parts. Conveniently, the film itself deals with human nature and what “freedom” means, if we were made to be ruled over and where our identity lies. The villainous Loki’s plans to be god of earth may not be what we need, but does this mean we shouldn’t bow to anyone? Maybe it just means, as the Hulk so aptly puts it, that Loki is a “puny god”.
In this video review, we examine how the Avengers playfully suit up to tackle these themes, hammer on the ideas, shield us from the wrong forms of slavery, and take aim at the “free servitude” our lives should reflect. Over the next three days we’ll address the following three spiritual facets of the Avengers in written review: how Loki is right, how he’s wrong, and why we are like Loki. The we’ll finish up with a curious comment made by the Black Widow.