Alternate universe stories give us a chance to see what the characters in the narratives we love are really made of. Strip away the trappings of their circumstances, put them in different hardships and opportunities, and what do they become?…

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There’s a real seduction to multiverse stories. Seeing how all the same pieces rearrange themselves into a recognizable but different whole; seeing who these characters really are by removing the trappings; watching how a tiny choice made in a tiny…

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Marvel is trying to put Reel World Theology out of a job with phase four of their cinematic universe. In our little corner of the multiverse, it’s not exactly news that every story is about something; but over the past…

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In three movies over nearly seven hours, Captain America is showcased at length, and if you actually watch the movies and think a little bit, every detail that matters makes total sense. Clickbait abounds, though, and a recent piece by…

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“Pathetic earthlings. Hurling your bodies out into the void, without the slightest inkling of who or what is out here. If you had known anything about the true nature of the universe, anything at all, you would have hidden from…

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Around the middle of the decade, Harper’s critic Charles E. Whittaker gave a scathing film review. Art is supposed to be expressive, he said; but the idea of “art” is far from the movie… …not merely in absence, but in…

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Bruised and battered. Lost. Alone. Left behind by friend and foe alike. No resources, no backup, no help on the way. A villain is about to end the world, but the hero is miles away—and in no condition to fight…

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On this episode of the Reel World Theology Podcast: It’s been a long road to Endgame, but we’re finally here. We have a show that tries to run the length of the actual film as we talk about the movie’s…

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The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards have been announced! And of course, like any major announcement of awards or movie news, there will be things we loved and tragic oversights. So, here are some quick thoughts and observations on…

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An otherworldly being inhabiting a human has been an oft-treaded conceit in the science fiction genre. The characters affected experience an assortment of interactions likened to symbiotic relationships found in the natural world. From the parasitic possession of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Parasite…

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