I saw Avengers: Infinity Wars last night. At the end of the movie I was speechless. I have never seen a movie like this one. I am still trying to process what all happened in this…this…….thing. Now, let’s get one thing straight: I am a Superman kind of guy, and I only give a nod toward Marvel (though I think Black Panther was the best superhero movie ever made). So, when Superman died in Dawn of Justice I was upset, but at the very end, one could see the dirt on Clark’s coffin rumble, as if to say: it’ll be okay. He will be back. But The Infinity Wars gave no hope. Thanos won. He obliterated the Avengers for all intents and purposes. He got what he wanted: sitting on the porch watching the sunrise. This was simultaneously the worst and greatest movie I’ve seen.
If you keep up with comic books, you may have already known what was going to happen. I don’t, so I didn’t. I kept watching thinking to myself, they’ll never go this far. But they did! So I set the bar further, only to have them cross it. The entire movie I kept waiting to see something go the Avengers’ way, but nothing did. At the end of the movie, I left empty and hopeless.
I know part 2 coming, but it gives no comfort. I’m not saying I’m devastated and can’t get out of bed, but I am saying that I left saying, “this is what happens when the bad guys win.” This is the feeling that an evil victory produces. At least a taste because I know it is just a movie and I can go about my life. I would imagine that those who live in nations that are run by tyrants–evil in all their deeds–could feel this way, and obviously much worse. I can also imagine a little more of what the disciples must have felt on Saturday after the crucifixion. Devastated and hopeless do not adequately describe the mixed emotions with which one is left.
One of the most depressing books in the Bible is Ecclesiastes. But there is great wisdom there. Solomon understood the evil in this world and the feelings when it gains victory. But he also understood that evil does not win in the end. There is a hopelessness that comes, but one must know that good–no, the good God–will have ultimate victory.
“Then I saw the wicked buried. They used to go in and out of the holy place and were praised in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity,” (Ecclesiastes 8:10, ESV). It is an empty thing for the evil to declare and think they have gained the ultimate victory.
“Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil,” (Ecclesiastes 8:11, ESV). Because justice is delay and good’s victory is still distant more and more people believe they can get away with more and more evil. But that is not true.
“Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him.But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God,” (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13, ESV). Let those words sink in. “It will not go well for the wicked.” Perception is not reality. It looks like evil has the final word, but it does not. Never lose hope. Don’t feel empty. It will not go well for the enemy. Rejoice in that heart of yours. The Good God will prevail, even when our heroes, our superheroes fail.
I had to write this article on my iPhone as I have had no access to a computer today. So I apologize for the format.