By Keith Hughes / @KeithHughes9
Run Time: 141 Minutes
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rodgers / Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Clint Barton as Hawkeye, James Spader as Ultron, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as War Machine
Director: Tim Johnson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Synopsis: Tony Stark seeks to eliminate the need for the Avengers by creating a world protection system called Ultron. But they are needed more than ever after elimination takes on a new meaning when Ultron becomes hostile and tries to exterminate the Avengers and annihilate Earth.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has many similarities to its Marvel predecessors. The same action packed adventure, the same suspenseful story line. Some people may think of this as a negative, but I believe most Marvel enthusiasts are fascinated with the development of the series as a whole. And this movie does not disappoint on that level.
This movie has a small to moderate amount of crude language, which is to be expected with the PG-13 rating. The usage didn’t bother me as much as the mockery of choosing to use clean language. There are also a few statements that would be considered blaspheme. Like when Ultron says his name is “I am”.
The biggest biblical principle I can pull from this film is the fear of failure and its devastating results. We tend to believe that if we can’t see God working then He isn’t. Or it could be that we are relying on our own ability and not working through Christ. When we are looking for specific results and don’t get them we have 3 options.
First we can continue on believing in Isaiah 55:11 – “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Second we can find ways to manipulate the results, by working around God and not with, so it looks like our work is vindicated, or worse manipulate people. Thirdly and equally as bad is we can give up.
It’s obvious we should always choose option one but when we feel like failures it’s easy to choose two or three. The fear of failure is the exact reason the Avengers end up in a mess. Stark chooses option two because he is afraid that he won’t be able to keep protecting his friends and the world so he creates Ultron do the job for all of them. In scripture we see the Israelites dealt with the fear of failure when they are commanded to take the promise land. They choose option three and gave up the fight because they were scared of defeat. The lack of faith in God’s ability to achieve something through us will always lead to overstepping our boundaries or giving up completely.
How do we fix these mindsets? First we must understand that we are already failures. Not much of a motivational message but it gets better. We have already failed in the greatest sense possible and that’s to fall short of the glory of God. Yet in our failure God choose to send Jesus who willingly died on the behalf of our sin. And by trusting in Him alone as our Lord and Savior and repenting of our sins He takes us out of our failure and places us into eternal victory.
At the same time we are all given specific jobs as part of the body of Christ. In each of these jobs God has given us the ability to complete them through the working of His Spirit. Failing is unavoidable because we are still living within our sinful flesh and we all will make mistakes. But it doesn’t mean that we have to wallow in our failures.
What if Salvation really did work like that? When we failed God said “you are no longer worthy of my love and salvation”. How terrifying that would be. We would work ourselves to death trying to keep our worth. And that would lead to working in our own strength or giving up completely.
We should feel ashamed of sinful acts but we should not let that keep us from finding that renewed victory in Christ. No matter what God has called, is calling, or will call you to do. No matter how many times you give up or cheat. No matter how many times you feel like a failure. He still loves and forgives you.
So if you’re trying to work around God, give it back to Him before you make a mess. Let things happen in His time the way He desires. If you have given up hope that you can ever overcome a certain sin or sins, keep trusting in the One who avenged your sin on the cross.
Keith Hughes is the adopted child on the one true King. The husband of a loving wife and the father of two precious girls. He enjoys being able to help people with their spiritual questions, appreciates clever humor, and can be extremely competitive. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter at @KeithHughes9.